Louis Arthur Gladwell

30th January 1930 – 28th February 2017

         Louis Gladwell, President of Holdens Archers sadly passed away at his home on 28th February 2017.

           Louis was a founder member of the club which was formed in 1975 along with his wife Lorna and their good friends Alan and Kitty Hatfield. He became Chairman in 1982 which was a post he retained until 2012, when he then became Honorary Life President.

           When Alan and Kitty passed away, Louis initiated the August Bank Holiday Hatfield Memorial Shoot, which is now in its 34th year. The annual shoot has raised thousands of pounds for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity which is now known as Bloodwise.

         Becoming a qualified archery instructor, Louis brought many people into the sport both through lessons at the club and as a coach at Brentwood School.

        Louis was a man who brought solutions to any problems helping to propel the club to be one of the largest in Essex at its peak, one which often benefited from his many contacts in the local community.

        Outside of archery Louis was a successful local business man, running his offices supplies and services business in Brentwood and Billericay.

        His other great passion was music, where as a semi-professional singer he performed under the stage name “Ray Lewis” with the five-piece band “Gentlefolk” from 1975 to 2010 and more recently as part of the duo “A Touch of class”.

       He was an active supporter of many charities and organisations continuously raising funds for Bloodwise, Brentwood Stroke club and Brentwood Drum Corps.  

      He is survived by daughter Lesley and three grandchildren.

      He will be sorely missed on the “shooting line” and by all his many friends and archers in Essex.


Louis Arthur Gladwell

The funeral of Louis Gladwell will be held at

Bentley Crematorium, Ongar Road Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood CM15 9RZ, on Tuesday 28th March at 2.00 p.m.

A reception will be held afterwards at Ashwells Country Club Ashwells Road, Brentwood, CM15 9SE.

Louis family have requested family flowers only, but would appreciate donations to Brentwood Stroke Club or Saint Francis Hospice Havering.


Alan Goodsman Club Secretary Holdens Archers