‘I FEEL like my dad was not finished – that he had so much more good work to do.’
Those are the words of Annabel Jones, daughter of the late Davy Jones, much-loved member of sixties band The Monkees.
Annabel, 25, is busy preparing for a rock ‘n’ roll Christmas fair, which will see musical performers and ethical traders take over the house and stables at Grenville Hall, in Droxford, to raise money for good causes.
This year will be the second Christmas fair held at the family home, on the B2150, in memory of Davy, who died after a heart attack, aged 66, in February 2012.
Encouraged by last year’s good turn out, Annabel wants to make it ‘bigger and better’ and raise more money for a charity set up in her father’s name – the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation – as well as making a donation to help people in the Philippines.
The foundation was set up to look after the 14 horses Davy left behind, many of which had been rescued. It aims to spread the message of responsible ownership and donates money to animal rescue shelters.
Annabel said: ‘He did so much charity work, yet he never talked about it. His whole journey was as a result of people opening their arms to him and that’s something he was so conscious of.
‘That’s why he never turned down a photo or a chat. I never saw him grumble or scowl. I remember being on a flight with him and a woman woke him up.
‘He never grumbled – he was so kind and so sweet.’
The fair will see a whole day of fun take place on Sunday, December 1, from 10am until 5pm.
Annabel said: ‘Dad was so friendly and he loved entertaining and getting his guitar out. It is so like him to open his home and his heart to people. It was the kind of thing he would find sweet and touching.’
Annabel has been hand-delivering leaflets and hopes to see lots of people there.
‘It’s important for me. I would really like to invite people into the house and for us to be considered part of the community. It is where I consider to be my home,’ added Annabel.
Entry is free. For more information go to facebook.com/grenvillehallevents.