A Tribute to Brian Dunn
Last week we received the sad news that Brian Dunn, one of our long-standing community collaborators, died unexpectedly at his home in Kingswood, Corby. We wanted to take a moment to both remember Brian and celebrate the amazing work he did in his community.
We first met Brian around 4 years ago, as a member of the Kingswood and Hazel Leys Big Local Partnership, when we were at the start of our journey with the Creative Civic Change programme. He has been an integral part of this journey, initially using his woodwork skills to create small libraries for use in community centres and always being a source of ideas and ambition throughout all of our numerous working group meetings.
Brian had a clear vision for a new physical space in the neighbourhood, where local residents could come together to share their skills and creativity. He worked tirelessly to make this a reality and, after many stumbling blocks were overcome, a couple of weeks ago the KHL workshop was signed off by building control and opened to the public. This success was due mainly to Brian’s determination, ability to bring people along with him and his deep knowledge of his community. It would have never happened without him and will stand as a lasting legacy of his tenacity.
Brian has inspired us all to dream bigger and not to give up on those dreams. He will be very much missed.
Our thoughts go out to Brian’s family and everyone else who knew and loved him.
Brian’s funeral will take place on Monday 5th September, leaving the Hazelwood Neighbourhood Centre (Gainsborough Road) Corby at approximately 12.20pm, travelling to the Edgar Newman Chapel at Kettering Crematorium for the service at 1pm.
If you would like to donate towards Brian’s funeral fund please visit the GoFundMe page.
Published 19th August 2022 – Updated 24th August 2022