I am writing this having returned from Mike McDonnell's Memorial
Service in the church, which I know many villagers attended.
My what a turn out and how very well deserved it was. It was
mentioned that Mike was a willing participant in Village affairs
and what a brilliant raconteur he was; but it wasn't mentioned
that at one time he was on our committee and made a fantastic
contribution to our efforts.
He gave us some interesting talks and could always be relied
on to fill the gaps if we couldn't find a speaker.
He wrote one of our publications called CHANGES IN FARMING
SINCE WORLD WAR 11.
Remembering all this got me thinking. There were several
individuals to whom the Society owes a great dept of gratitude.
These included Ken Wilson whose talks were so very enjoyable;
Ed James, now making something of a name for himself as an
author down in Cheltenham; and of course dear Joy Saynor who
kept us captivated by her extensive knowledge. We also have
been lucky with talks by other villagers.
When the Society first began in 1996, it was with the idea
of keeping it as a LOCAL History Society, but that is becoming
more and more difficult. It would be great to have more locals
giving us talks.
We need your ideas and for you to come on the committee.
If we are to continue for another 20 years, we need your support.
Suzie Faubert (Chairman)