Service of remembrance for popular local man Richard Meech

First published in Latest News

• Recently a service of celebration for the life of Richard Meech took place at St Andrew’s Church. Richard moved to Sutton Poyntz with wife Shirley – Community Correspondent for this area for many years - in 1971 on promotion within the Probation Service. The packed church was a tribute to his gentlemanly character and his involvement with local life. Eulogies by his daughter Ruth, Tony Bugler, a long term friend and Rev Dennis Ackroyd provided an insight into the life of a remarkable and well loved man, as did his favourite Thomas Hardy poem which was read by his granddaughter Fran. He will be sadly missed by his many friends, and our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

• Over the weekend of Saturday 4 May, Sunday 5 May and Monday 6 May St Andrew’s Church will play host to an Easter Flower Festival. Decorated by the flower arranging ladies with a spectacular array of blooms this promises to be an outstanding exhibition, which will be open to the public between 10am and 6pm on the Saturday and Monday, but 2pm to 6pm, with a Festival Songs of Praise at 6.30pm, on the Sunday. Coffee with delicious homemade cakes and cream teas will be available in the Church Rooms. Entry to the church is free, but all donations and the proceeds from the refreshments will be split between Julia’s House and St Andrew's Church.

• A Save the Children coffee morning held in the home of a committee member was blessed with excellent weather. A good turn-out of neighbours and friends enjoyed refreshments in the garden and browsing amongst the items on sale – cakes, preserves, craft work, books, bric-a-brac and plants. A total of nearly £340 was raised, and Bonny Symonds, Branch Chairman, is grateful to everyone who contributed and attended for their help and generosity.

• The Chalbury Corner roundabout is ablaze with the spring colours provided by a mass of bedding plants. These form a fine sight for locals and visitors alike, and the Weymouth and Portland Parks department are to be congratulated on yet another excellent display. This, thankfully, should delight the eye for some time to come, unlike such things as giant sand castles which are knocked down before anyone can get to see them!

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