It was great to see so many people out at their gates on Thursday evening, once again applauding the NHS and key workers across the country. At the bottom end of the village, the applause provided an accompaniment to Nick Warr’s wonderful saxophone rendition of the Judy Garland classic, ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’. (It’s now become the NHS anthem!). Below is a photo of Nick and a video of his virtuoso performance. His son, Dexter, is alongside providing moral support! Great stuff Nick!
Last week, the newsletter featured the Smith family, who were interviewed and asked how they were coping under lockdown. This week, we turn to Jane Holmes, who we found nurturing her delightful garden at ‘Foxley’, which is possibly the only pink house in Great Coxwell.
Jane and her husband bought Foxley in the 1960’s. They rented it out for many years whilst they served abroad in Tanganyika, (now Tanzania) and later Borneo. Eventually moving into Foxley and becoming firm Great Coxwell residents in 1987. Now a widow, Jane is a driving force behind the Women’s Institute (WI), and has a reputation for independence, resilience and generosity. During these difficult Covid 19 times, she is supported by Sandy John of Arch Cottage, who shops for her once a week and by next door neighbours, Mike and Pauline Durham.
How has lockdown been for you? Jane described the lockdown as ‘strange but Ok’. She feels that the days go by quickly. She enjoys being outside in this good weather and works hard both in her flower garden and her greenhouse. Her tomatoes are abundant and have pretty much taken over her conservatory. They are for-sale, but all have future owners! She is also an avid reader, (’The Boy from the Wild’ by Peter Meyer is her current read) and is the custodian of the WI scrapbook.
Any tips for us whilst we are on lockdown? Jane’s advice is to have a routine and try to stick to it. She prefers the outdoors rather than staying indoors, although she is also busy making a great selection of dolls for Christmas. That’s forward planning for you!
By the way, Jane’s father was champion jockey and later National Hunt trainer Gerald (Gerry) Wilson. In 1934, Gerry rode Golden Miller to victory in the Grand National in a record time of 9 minutes 20 seconds. They also together won the Cheltenham Gold Cup that year. Golden Miller remains the only horse ever to win both races in the same season. This was the third of five consecutive Gold Cup wins for Golden Miller. Gerry was Champion Jockey 7 times!