Down St. Mary.
Cynthia Patrick. At 3.30 pm on Thursday 21st April the funeral service, conducted by the Revd. Lindsey Starrs, was held at our Church. Many family and friends attended to celebrate Cynthia’s life. Cynthia was born on the 20th August 1934 and had five brothers and two sisters. On her 21st birthday she married Vince and shortly after this, moved to Devon. They had three children, Keith, Julie and Ian. Cynthia had various jobs in her lifetime, from working at Woolworths, to being a beauty therapist. She was a proud woman, protected her family and was a hard worker, ‘a grafter’. In her spare time, she loved reading and listening to music and enjoyed the ‘occasional’ drink. Julie read Psalm 23 and a tribute was given by Keith. He told everyone of their mother’s strengths and life. Keith related several funny incidents, such as when she complained to the bank that the cashpoint would not accept her card, to be told that it would not work with a Tesco club card; or when she got into the wrong car at a petrol station, much to the surprise of the young driver who was waiting for his girlfriend! Cynthia spent the end of her life at Summer Hayes residential home, Sandford. Keith paid tribute to the staff who looked after her well and gave her a quality of life. The chosen hymns were ‘Thine be the glory’, ‘Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy’ and ‘Praise my soul the king of heaven’. Following the service Cynthia was laid to rest in the Churchyard with her husband Vince. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.
The power of the internet. Have you been on the Down St. Mary web site? You may be aware that Dave Cooper from DSM is ‘The Webmaster’ and does a great job keeping everyone informed of village events, including DSM Cross Country and Church services appear on it. Thanks to this, I am delighted to say that we have a new recruit to help with the grass cutting in the Churchyard. We welcome Roger Tonkins, who has recently moved into the village and has volunteered to help! He told me that he read about our appeals for help while he was living in the Caribbean and decided he would like to get involved when he moved. Now, whether it was the draw of grass cutting in a rural village Church or something else that drew him and his wife Chris to DSM, but ‘thank you’ to Roger for helping. If you would like to become involved with the Church, grass cutting, cleaning or flower arranging, please contact Nigel Fidock for more information.
Village Hall Fayre. Don’t forget the DSM Community Hall Fayre on Saturday 4th June. The fun starts at 1.00 pm with a BBQ, a choir, Entertainingly Different, stalls, cakes and fun things to do and see.
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