Bramcote residents may remember Martin Plackett from his term as a Broxtowe Borough Councillor and as an avid contributor to Bramcote Today. Martin was passionate about Bramcote and was proactive within his council role and as a member of the Bramcote Neighbourhood Forum.
Martin passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th September with his wife and son present. He tried to stay positive throughout the illness which was diagnosed in early 2021.
His son, Richard, said, “I think that one of his many qualities was making everyone feel valued and appreciated. I have never met anyone who was better at bringing people together, he’s been a true peacemaker.
I know Martin will be missed by so many people. Speaking from my perspective, he’s been the best Dad, loyal friend, and role-model that you could ever wish for.“
A fifth generation to have worked in textiles (His Great Great Grandfather was a Framework Knitter in Breaston, his Great Grandfather a Lace Manufacturer in Sandiacre.
From 1957 to 1959 Martin served in the Royal Corps of Signals as a National Serviceman spending a good amount time officiating in Army Regimental Association Football matches throughout Northern Command refereeing the Army Cup Final in 1959, stationed at Catterick Camp in North Yorkshire. Qualifying as a referee at just 15 years old served in both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Leagues including the old Midland League, retiring in his late 30’s.
A founder member of Sandiacre and Stapleford Round Table which met weekly and was for both of them a large part of their social life. The Christmas Charity Collection dressed as Santa, Paddle Lanking (a race on home-made rafts between different Tables) on the Sandiacre canal, Soap box Derby at Melbourne Hall, and an annual Bonfire Party just a few of the special family fun activities much enjoyed
In 1977 the family moved to Bramcote where they joined as active members of St Michael’s Church. Over 2 periods covering a total of 21 years Martin served as Church Warden serving 4 Incumbents.
Again, Church life and service were a large part of their lives bringing many joys and friendships over 40 plus years.
A Governor of Bramcote C of E Junior School too was a rewarding service to the community.
Serving as a Governor of Fernwood School.
Moving to BROXTOWE Conservatives in 1998 Martin was BRAMCOTE’S Conservative voice for many years before being elected as a Councillor to the Borough Council in 2015.