Although the Support Group remains in place and will continue to provide backup for those that need it, I think it is now timely to cut back the Support Group newsletter from a weekly edition to a monthly update. So, the next newsletter will be distributed in mid-July. In the meantime, a big thank you from me to all the fellow volunteers who continue to give their support, and in particular, to Jonnie Farrow, for his consistent help in providing a weekly prescription collection service for those that need it. This service will continue to operate until restrictions on movement and socialisation are fully lifted. To date, Jonnie has picked up more than 200 prescriptions from Faringdon and Shrivenham surgeries. All have found their way to their rightful recipients!
Lockdown Spotlight. Perhaps appropriately, our final Lockdown Spotlight is on the Webb family, or rather the Webb dynasty! The Webb’s live at the bottom end of the village and comprise Isy, Pete, Nick, Dexter, Lyra, Jez, Lianne, Ollie, Freya and Romey. As many will know, Isy’s husband, John sadly died in 2015. John’s father and mother, Monty and Nelly, bought Pear Tree Cottage back in 1935. John was born two years later in 1937 and his sister, Jane, came along in 1946. Isy and John were married in 1965. She described life in Great Coxwell 55 years ago. Back then, John developed a dairy farm, had a chicken hatchery, sold tractors and trained National Hunt racehorses. Isy recalls 1000s of day-old chicks being taken to Swindon Station for onward delivery to farms across the country, and great race days with successful results on stable favourites including Chartrous, Shillingstone, Dardinelles and Indigo Jones.
Jez famously appeared on television back in 1989, on Cilla Black’s show ‘Blind Date’. Jez tells me it was for a bet… He was matched up with a contestant called Samantha, (a hairdresser) and tells me they had a “lorra lorra” laughs, as Cilla would say!
Did you know… As gap year students, Jez and his mate, John Flemming, were travelling on a bus in Colombia, when they were kidnapped and taken hostage by the terrorist organisation, FARC. Dragged off the bus at gunpoint, they were held in a safe house for 24 hours. Some quick thinking and fast talking about being on a reconnaissance trip for a big UK charity led to them being released unharmed. Rumour has it that Jez also drove such a hard bargain on the ransom fee, the terrorists just gave up….
Sadly, we also lost a member of our feline community this week. It is believed “Tiger” was run over and was found at the lower end of the village. Please take great care and encourage all your family and visitors to drive slowly in the village “20 is plenty” and sometimes even that is too fast. We have lots of young children and animals in the village.
That’s all for this week, and this month. Keep safe everyone.
All my love,