The Honourable Mark Vestey 16 April 1943 – 5 November 2016
It was with a very heavy heart and deepest sadness that we informed CPPC members on Saturday 5th November that Mark Vestey had died suddenly in the night. Mark was a truly remarkable person and a much treasured friend and supporter of the club. He will be very sorely missed by so many and our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this very sad time.
Mark was Chairman of Cirencester Park Polo Club from 1988 until 1992 continuing thereafter as an extremely active Board Member and Chair of The Tournaments and Grounds Committee right up until his death.
Having begun his love for polo in the army in the 1960’s, Mark and his elder brother, Lord Vestey, completely dominated the high goal scene throughout the 1970’s with their Stowell Park team and later Mark with his own Foxcote team. He won all the major trophies including The Gold Cup four times with Stowell Park and once in 1977 with Foxcote, as well as the Queen’s Cup and Ruins Cup. He won our own Warwickshire Cup in 1969, 1972, 1973 and 1978 and his Foxcote team also won the County Cup in 1974 and 1975. Mark played for England in The Coronation Cup in 1971 and held a four goal handicap.
After Mark broke his back in a hunting accident in 1984, he transferred all his passion for the game into supporting and encouraging the sport of polo through his family and friends and all those at Cirencester Park. All three of his children, Tamara, Ben and Nina have gone on to have successful polo careers and Mark has tirelessly promoted the development of the game nationally, internationally and particularly here at Cirencester where in an interview in 2013 he said “I was lucky enough to play high goal at Cirencester for 13 years and I have no doubt in my mind that Cirencester is the best Club in England at which to play all levels of the game”.
Mark has been an incredible supporter of the club and recognised some 25 years ago the need for Cirencester to have irrigated grounds. He has worked tirelessly on this project which has finally become a reality due in no small part to his incredible efforts and dedication.
Our manager, Tim Keyte, stated “Polo at Cirencester will never be quite the same again without Mark watching from his place at the end of the grandstand or in his Range Rover on the side of the field. The most generous, kind and wonderful man, he had time for everyone and an infectious smile; a true gentleman, one in a million.”
Mark Booth, Chairman of the club said “It is impossible to overstate the contribution Mark has made to Cirencester Park Polo Club over many years and I am in no doubt the club would not be the success it is today without his considerable efforts. He will be a huge loss around the boardroom table but he will never be forgotten”
There will be a memorial service of Thanksgiving at St. John The Baptist Church, Cirencester at 2.30pm on Wednesday 16th November. No flowers, donations if wished, to 'Wheelpower'.