News from Water Stratford

LYN RANDALL   17/10/38 – 17/01/21

Water Stratford lost a popular resident recently when Lyn Randall died, having lived in the village since 2006.  Lyn worked at the National Westminster Bank from the age of 16 until taking early retirement from his final position as Bank Manager when in his 50’s.  He was married to Miriam in 1961 in Chipping Sodbury and had two daughters, Ruth and Emma.  The family lived in Essex until Lyn and Miriam moved to Buckinghamshire in 2001.  In earlier years, Lyn was a keen hockey player who represented the Witham district in Essex, and ever sporting, he later threw himself into learning to ski after his retirement and became very accomplished.  Lyn was an active member of the local community wherever he lived, and was very much involved at Buckingham Golf Club where he sat on committees, organised matches and competitions and was Seniors Captain in 2005.  He made many friends there and the golf club has observed that he was an “iconic figure” at the Club, “well-liked….and noted for his sartorial elegance.”  Lyn was a devoted grandfather to Georgia, Isabella, Joshua, Christina and Harry, always making time for fun and games and holidays.  Lyn’s funeral took place at St Giles on 1st March 2021 and he is buried in the churchyard.  He will be sadly missed as husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Ruth Good (Lyn's daughter)

Lyn served on the Parish Meeting as secretary for 8 years, until about 5 years ago.  In this position he was excellent, such a hard working member of the parish.  Personally, Lyn and his wife of nearly 60 years were demons at quiz evenings, many an evening in a pub with their village friends, Lyn's knowledge was far reaching and often a winning formula!  Outings by minibus to super restaurants were also high on the agenda for them and villagers – lovely memories.  He shall be greatly missed.  We send sympathy to Miriam and her family.

A friend

VALENTINE TREATS

It's a long time since some of us received a Valentine's card!  So it was a delightful surprise when a beautifully hand-made one dropped through our letterboxes, with an offer to bake and deliver sweet treats during half-term as a way of sharing love around the village.  Thanks to Anna, Eleanor, Joe, Teddy, Isla, Ottilie and Henry, and to the adult supervisors, for delicious treats delivered in artistically-designed packets, and for the Valentine's cards too.  I'm told the young people enjoyed making everything, so the project was a win-win.  Many thanks to Nicky for masterminding it.

Sara Edwards

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