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Memorial service: Jan Leach

The College of Medicine is sorry to hear of the death of Jan Leach, a former member of our Governing Council.  We have received the following message from her family, who invite those who knew her to attend a memorial service.

“We are deeply saddened to inform you of the loss of our dearest friend, mother, wife and sister, Janine Leach, in the early hours of Tuesday morning. As many of you are aware, over the last year and a half Jan has lived with cancer showing the incredible bravery, spirit and determination she has demonstrated throughout her life, whether riding wild horses, in her work or at home.

We invite you to join us to celebrate her life on Friday 1st July at 2pm at St Dunstan’s Church, Ashurst Wood.”


If you would like to make a donation in remembrance of Jan, we are accepting donations for the two hospices that have played an important part in Jan’s life over the last few years. Both hospices are charities and have been hugely generous in their support of Jan and the family and we would be grateful to have an opportunity to support them in return.

St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley
St Peter and St Joseph’s Hospice in Chailey
Donations can be made on the day or through our funeral directors Ballard and Shorthall to St Catherine’s Hospice and St Peter and St James Hospice care of Ballard & Shortall, 12 Hartfield Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DN.
Phone: 01342 822120; Email:

Bring a Bun

If you would like to bring a cake for the reception that would be lovely.


By Car: Ashurst Wood is located next to the A22 between East Grinstead and Forest Row, parking is limited but there is usually some available on Hammerwood Road and in the car park of John Pears playing field on Wall Hill Road.
By public transport: the nearest train station to Ashurst Wood is East Grinstead, there are local buses but they are not that reliable so we would recommend you book a taxi from the railway station. Here are a few taxi numbers if you need them:
A’n’B Cars: 01342 317887
Roadrunners: 01342 324444