News from Water Stratford

Spring Show- Tingewick & Water Stratford Horticultural Society held its 14thAnnual Spring Show on Saturday 7th April. Despite a prolonged period of cold weather exhibitors managed to cajole a variety of daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and other spring flowers into bloom providing a colourful display for visitors to the Show. Exhibitors also displayed their skills in the flower arranging, photography, domestic and handicraft classes and children attending the local schools produced over eighty beautiful pictures of a butterfly. Stalls, a raffle and refreshments with delicious homemade cakes were also available before the Show ended with the presentation of Cups and Certificates to the winners in each category.

Barbara Prideaux

Margaret Eleanor Hilsdon 1928 – 2018 - The congregation overflowed into the churchyard for the service at St Giles on 6th April in Celebration for the Life of Margaret Hilsdon.

Born a farmer's daughter who became a farmer's wife, Margaret herself possessed considerable farming expertise. In her early Young Farmer years she travelled the country judging stock, and once won the Smithfield stock judging national competition. Even while raising her own large family, she helped set up and run a Lamb Bank, finding homes for orphaned lambs. She maintained her interest in stock when visiting her family who continued the farming tradition. 

She was also known as an expert baker, for many years making at least twenty-one loaves a week, mixing the dough by hand. Her cakes and puddings were legendary. She was an active member for over seventy years and an officer of the WI, who were well represented at the service.

Margaret knew the sadness of loss: her mother, father and sister all died young, and her husband Frank in 2000. True to character, she dealt with adversity by picking herself up and 'just getting on with it'.

In later life she rediscovered the joy of travelling, visiting Cyprus, Australia, Fiji and the Falkland Islands. Independent and resourceful, she continued to do her own housekeeping, cooking, shopping and gardening, even chopping her own logs. She loved family occasions, relished any outing, and enjoyed simply talking with friends.

Margaret was the firm, loving centre of a family who think of her as a 'Supermum' and have very happy memories of the home she and Frank created. She will be missed by her seven children, fifteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, as well as her wider family and friends, who also knew her loyalty and kindness. We send them sympathy in their loss.

Thanks to the family for this information.


Church Service and Rota - There will be a Rogation Service and Walk on Whit Sunday 20th May at 11.15am. (Please wear suitable footwear!) Sarah and Nicky will clean and Sue will arrange flowers.

Sara Edwards




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