Astbury Ladies Fellowship

Four days before Christmas, and a very different one it will be this time. It will be difficult, not being able to see family and friends. Perhaps there will be
a tap on the window, smiling eyes above a masked face, and a gift left on the garden seat, but more usually the postman with cards.
I have heard from Dawn Brazier, who hopes that we are all well. Daughter Kate had had Covid in March and been quite poorly. However, she remarried in August and it was really nice, but with limited guests.
We have had a card from Margaret Hocknell thanking us for the red calandiva. She writes: ‘Thank you so much for the card and plant you kindly gave me. They cheered me up no end. The first few weeks were the hardest, but I am now feeling much better. Look forward to seeing you all next year; with kind regards.’
On the 18th I went to Win Prince’s funeral at Astbury. Win and Harold both worked very hard for Astbury Church, and Win was always a very supportive member of the Fellowship. Daughters Alison and Heather paid tribute to their mother during the church service. Not having had the opportunity in earlier life, she had gone to college and qualified in English and Maths, later learned to drive in the 1970s, when only 25% of women did. The Rector, in her address, described Win as being
always ‘full of purpose’. Sadly in her later years she became ill with dementia. A poem was read out which touched on this –
Just remember that I need you,
That the best of me is gone.
Please don’t fail to stand beside me
Love me ’til my time is done.
The Fellowship has sent a donation of £25 to Dementia UK. Heather and Alison have written to thank us, adding ‘I remember Mum talking about the Astbury Ladies’ Fellowship, how welcome you all made her feel and how much she enjoyed being a part of it. For this we are most grateful.’ She remarks that circumstances did not allow us to reminisce over a cup of tea, but they plan to visit Astbury again next year and hope to meet up with us. She adds, ‘We wish you and all those in the
Fellowship a very happy Christmas as well as health and much happiness for 2021.’
I would certainly like to echo that to all our members: keep safe, have a good Christmas, and we look forward to meeting in 2021 – soon.