Happy New Year! Hope you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you every success for 2014! Today's charity was the Hungerford Round Table, members of whom cheerfully stood in the cold outside the town hall, collecting money while shredding Christmas trees. We gave them a small donation in return for recycling our Christmas tree and mulching it before our eyes.
Then the real work of vacuuming up the needles at our house began; a process which ruined TWO hoovers.
A couple of days ago, we also donated to the Church of St Phillip and St James in the small town of Tow Law, Co Durham, after attending the funeral of a much-loved family friend who died at the age of 97, just before Christmas. My parents who were student nurses way back when, met Nancy and her husband as they ran the nurses home; when I came along, the couple looked after me when my parents were at work.
Surprisingly, the slim and beautiful Nancy was one of the first people to sign up for Rosemary Conley's dieting class, and apparently, also changed the name of the nurses' "canteen" to the more prestigious "cafeteria". Always a hard worker, she even helped out, at the age of 10, at a soup kitchen during the General Strike. Considering her age and the fact that many of her friends predeceased her, there was a great turn out at the funeral including the vicar who kindly gave me lots of info on the Reverend Thomas Henry Espinell Compton Espin when I asked why the formerly named Station Road had been renamed Espin Place. The reverend was a prominent astronomer and unbelievably also an expert on x-rays. As well as having a street in Tow Law named after him, he also has a part of the moon with his name.
If you're so inclined, this piece in the Northern Echo is well worth a read.