This Guest Book is for villagers and visitors to post their views or memories of the village, stories about old characters and places, or simply pose questions about the story of Burgh. Charity events and fundraisers should go through the editor – and no advertising, please.
All contributions will be moderated before being published.
I am writing once again to thank everyone for the cards and messages Nick and I received following Sharon's death.
the village as a whole excelled in providing a superb buffet reception for all the people who attended Sharon's service at St Faiths yesterday.
Many thanks to all who contributed, with particular thanks to Judith and the team of lovely ladies, who not only prepared the Reading Room yesterday, but were on hand to assist in serving coffee, tea and wine to all the guests.
Thanks also to Pete and Ray for setting up the tables for the ladies first thing yesterday.
All of my visiting family and guests where totally overwhelmed by the friendliness and beauty of Burgh, and its people, and particularly the support which had been so freely given to Nick and myself.
Many, many thanks.
For example, I have become enthusiastic about making a wild flower meadow in my orchard and my garden bee and insect friendly. Meanwhile, my daughter is helping to promote the need to create, 'Bee roads', a network of highways, fields and hedgerows, friendly to pollinators, to assist our declining bee and insect population. She is not an expert but could share the information she gathers if it would help. She did send me a seed bomb, a degradable, papier mâché grenade packed with flower seeds for flowers that are attractive to bees and insects.
Also, do we have a Prof Brian Cox in the village? I find the universe fascinating. I know there are many further education groups out there but I was thinking more of an over-a-cup-of-tea, amateur group meeting in a friendly atmosphere, rather than studying for a diploma or PHD, which one could progress to if desired. It is so much more fun to do things with friends than alone.
So, is there any interest for hobby or skill sharing out there? Is anyone else interested, in forming such a group? It would be helpful to know as we can then approach Richard at the Reading Room to discuss setting up a club.
As I finished my five-month course of chemo, my wife Sharon was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which, on further investigation, was identified as having spread to other organs. She was given three courses of chemo prior to a major operation, which kept her in hospital for 11 days. She has just had her fifth course of chemo and is still very weak, but responding very slowly.
The offers of help, the prayers, the cards and flowers that Sharon has received from so many people in the village has been truly staggering, and although I thank people personally when I meet them, I thought it would be nice to have a public “thank you” circulated through the website.
Both Sharon and myself would particularly like to thank Pete and Jane Gwilliam, our next door neighbours, who I called upon time and time again for assistance when I was having to take Sharon to hospital, all the time she was in hospital, and even now, as I take her for further chemo treatment.
I think this experience has proved what an amazing, caring and supportive village we live in. Thank you.