Worcester branch donates in memory of Paul Weaver and Jonathan Chilton

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After a change of CPD responsibilities, the local RICS Worcester branch recently closed. 

Over the years, the local committee had organised many fundraising, social and CPD events and, when it closed, there was a surplus of almost £900. It was unanimously agreed that the money should be donated to LionHeart in memory of Paul Weaver and Jonathan Chilton, two past long-serving committee members, who both worked tirelessly to promote the RICS locally.   

Paul Weaver

Paul Weaver was born in 1945 in the Studley area. He joined the quantity surveying firm of Bridgewater & Coulton in the late 1960s at their Birmingham office and qualified while studying at the Matthew Boulton College, Birmingham.

He became an Associate of that firm in the early 1970s, before relocating to their Worcester office to take charge there. He became a Partner of Bridgewater & Coulton in the late 1970s. He was always active in the local RICS branch and held most committee positions over the years and was always keen to encourage young people into quantity surveying. Paul was a member of the local Rotary Club and also Treasurer of the Worcester Society of Architects.

Paul married Lois in the early 1970s. They had two children - Simon, who was born in 1976, and Graham, who was born in 1980.

His family life was in Stourport. He enjoyed charity work and had organised the Mayor of Worcester’s Charity Banquet once or twice. He was an avid angler and organised quite a few office fishing contests, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. He also took pleasure in watching a young Graham play football and frequently ran the lines. Paul passed away after a short illness in January 2003, and was very well liked and respected by all who knew him.   

Jonathan Chilton

Jonathan Chilton was born in Pedmore, Stourbridge. After leaving school in 1965 Jonathan started his career with Shipway Doble & Earle. He worked for the firm both in Birmingham and at their commercial branch in Henley-in-Arden for Tony Earle, where he specialised in agricultural and residential work. During this time he completed his degree at college in Bristol, qualifying and becoming an Associate of the RICS in 1972.

Following qualification, he worked for the District Valuer’s Office in Worcester, joined the West Midlands Branch of the RICS and became a committee member of the local branch, latterly being Chairman. In 1973, Jonathan was appointed manager of the recently-formed Andrew Grant Estate Agency at the Malvern office and launched the firm’s Commercial Department in 1979.

That same year, he married Di and they made their home at Smith End Green, where their son, Tom, was born in 1989. It was here where Jonathan spent time on his hobbies of DIY and creating the garden at their home.

In 1986, Jonathan started his own Commercial Surveying & Estate Agency practice in Worcester which flourished. This resulted in a move to larger premises in 1998 at 37 Foregate Street, from where he practiced until ill health forced him to retire in 2012.

Another of Jonathan’s interests was cars, and in his last few years he and Di participated in a number of classic car tours across Europe.

Jonathan died in 2013 after a brave battle against Motor Neurone Disease and is sadly missed.

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