Welcome to the 3rd edition of the new CHEQS Magazine! It’s now changed from being a church parish magazine, to a community magazine – supported by representatives of the five village communities, Coln St Aldwyns, Hatherop, Quenington, Eastleach and Southrop. To reflect that change, you’ll notice a few differences. Instead of having the vicar’s letter, we’ll be inviting a different person each month to write a short piece.
Hello from Margaret Davey
Moving from Middlesex in the summer of 1982 with husband Keith and our sons, Paul and Giles, I felt very fortunate to have found our new home in the beautiful and
friendly Cotswold village of Southrop.
Having given up my teaching job, I quickly became involved in village activities, especially the new Community Shop in the village hall, which opened following a very snowy winter when the village was cut off for several days. Stocking fairly basic goods, there was soon a complaint – better quality toilet rolls were required! We now have a Post Office and serve tea/coffee, so it’s a good meeting place each Wednesday morning.
I’ve been associated with many aspects of village life – Parish Council clerk, prompt for Leach Valley players and our pantomime, Cinderella, in 2000. Also fetes, harvest suppers and open gardens – many of which have been to raise money for our village hall, and the church where I’ve been Churchwarden for seven years. In 2012, the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, I decided to hold a “diamond” raffle for the Jubilee Trust. It raised £1,000 and in 2013 I was thrilled to be invited, with Keith, to a reception at Buckingham Palace where we met the Queen.
So, 38 years have passed and the village has changed extensively, but it’s still a good place to live as I learn to adapt to advancing years!
Margaret Stranks – Editor