December 13th, 2016
Even Santa would have struggled with this sack, the huge pile of presents presented by the children and congregation of St Oswalds, Lower Peover was transferred to the Salvation Army at Northwich this afternoon. A builders pallet sack full and we hope that everyone remembered to mark them with age and gender as we heard tales of tiny peeks to ensure a good match between presents and children. A salutary reminder that not everyone in our area will be comfortable this Christmas was the queue of those awaiting hot meals from the Salvation Army. The top photo shows the gifts being unpacked after hauling them up to the store room which was well filled with gifts and food from the caring community.
The sad news was that my Auntie Thelma passed away yesterday, the last of the four 'Shove' girls from Old Town in Eastbourne. Here is a picture of Thelma at my mother's wedding by her side taken at St Mary's church, Old Town. She had enjoyed good health other than hearing difficulties but was beginning to struggle despite her desire for independent living. Into her nineties she enjoyed her family and had good neighbours, a fall last week preceeded a short stay at Eastbourne DGHl where at first she responded well to rehydration but sadly she died with her daughter, my cousin Ellie close at hand. I was cheered that I'd spoken to her only a couple of weeks back. She lost her first husland seen below left due to injuries sustained in the war and later married Des. Sandy her other daughter very sadly died of cancer far too young, a loss that Thelma was never really reconciled with.
I am starting to edit the 16mm cine films, the last of which I copied yesterday. I'm going to finish 10 at a time.
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