Astbury Ladies Fellowship.

After a month in lockdown and no meetings to report on, I hope everyone is doing well. We all seem to be in a new regime – ‘walking daily round the block,’ putting up family members to release first-liners, silver members self-isolating and phoning friends, younger people delivering shopping to them.
Andrew Bailey (01260 640616) and Jane Moore (07729 181962) will shop and pick up prescriptions if needed. More gardening is going on (mine is certainly benefiting!) Jan Hardie-Woolridge has finished the cancelled ‘Dig for Victory’ flower bags for Astbury Mere; bowlers are missing the green terribly, and similarly golfers their course.
The footpath through Fairfields up to Mow Cop is well used – one intrepid lady walking three dogs and a toddler! It is a beautiful morning here. Richard and Ben are putting up a new fence up to turn the cows out, the grass is greening up but the land is very dry, and the neighbours are sowing corn. The herd has a TB test on 9th May: I hope we go clear. At the moment we may not trade cows but, for those who can, market trading is very restricted owing to Covid-19 – only
registered buyers are allowed in and are required to stand on a dedicated X for spacing.
Some dairies who were supplying milk to the catering industry and have now lost that outlet have stopped picking up milk from some dairy farms, requiring that milk to be thrown away. Congleton market is suspended at present, so we are delivering eggs (hens go on laying!) Jayne, ward manger in cancer and haematology at Royal Stoke, has moved with her team and vulnerable cancer patients to the Nuffield. So far she hasn’t been short of PPE. The grand-daughters are working
from home. It is good to have technology to keep in touch.
Following our sad losses of Margaret and Gwen, Enid Riches and Sheila Stuffins have passed away. Original thinker, Enid, born in 1933 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne – ‘the posh part’ – evacuated to Southport aged 6, back to Newcastle and grammar school, leaving for London aged 19, loved Harrow, married Eddie, had three children and moved to Congleton where she was an active member of Astbury church, the WI and Ladies’ Fellowship. She was a keen gardener and visited Tatton many times.
Sheila was a staunch member of Astbury church, always attending the 8 o’clock servce and later the Wednesday morning communion while her health permitted. She was a valuable member of the Ladies’ Fellowship, always willing to help, kind, caring and modest. She was an extremely talented artist and very clever needlewoman. She had a daughter, Helen, and we shall all miss her very much. In loving memory of Enid and Sheila, two donations have been sent to church.
I wonder whether you are watching the 5.00 pm programme on coronavirus progress. We are all looking forward to restrictions being lifted. Keep safe, all of you.

Carole