As a Parish Councillor this last eighteen months have been devoid of face-to-face meetings with villagers. Zoom has reigned. However, this past weekend things changed.
On Saturday morning I was privileged to represent the current Parish Council at the Memorial for Rhoda Woodward. One of her poems was read by a member of her family, various other people spoke of her role in their lives and the life of the village. The Minister played a recording of Rhoda talking about the Queen, it was lovely to hear her voice again. Then on to the Coach and Horses where Tony and his wife had laid on the food. Rhoda’s memory was toasted in tea, coffee and other beverages.
Later in the afternoon I attended the award ceremony for Voices Across Time. They received their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service from the Lord Lieutenant, who was ably helped by one of his Lord Lieutenant Cadets. Having personal contacts with the Air Cadet movement I was pleased to see that this was an Air Cadet from Abingdon Squadron. The sun shone, the richly deserved award was presented, picnics were consumed and the wine flowed. After the official presentation was over we were treated to an alfresco musical performance. If you look carefully in my post you will see that the Queen was involved in both occasions.
There are days when I love being a Parish Councillor, this was one of them. Ann Lyons

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