BRIDE ‘SEPARATING’ FROM HER HOME
Bride to say goodbye to beloved area after being priced out
A NEWLY-WED bride has thanked her village for making her wedding ‘extra special’ before housing prices drive her from the area.
Liz, 31, and Simon Cole, 35, were given a brownie guard of honour at their ceremony at Chalfont St Giles Parish Church, in Deanway.
Mrs Cole, nee Bree, of Seymour Road, wrote to the Advertiser to thank the Chalfont St Giles 2nd Brownies, as well as photographers from the village, brothers Chris and Peter Hall, the church, friends and family.
However, she is set to leave her beloved village within the next few months as housing prices remain too high.
Mrs Cole, a nursery practitioner at Amersham Hospital, said: “We cannot stay in the area, which is such a shame.
“I’m really passionate about the village and I would have liked my children to grow up in the same area I grew up in.”
Mrs Cole’s grandparents and parents grew up in the village, while Mr Cole is from Ruislip.
He recognised his wife’s love for her home by proposing to her next to the duck pond in the village green where she used to go for walks with her grandmother.
In the lead up to the wedding, friends of Mrs Cole were impressed that she managed to organise a sleepover for 77 brownies at Paccar Scout Camp in Denham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, on top of the big day.
Mrs Cole is a leader for Chalfont St Giles 2nd Brownies and she says there were a few lumps in the throats of the wedding crowd when former brownie Maddie Martin, 12, sang a solo for the church.
The couple will move to Iver, but Mrs Cole says she will continue her role with the girl guides.
In the letter to the paper, she wrote: “My message to all the people of the village who feel they have to go out of the area for things is don’t – you will be amazed at what this small beautiful village has to offer.”
The couple, who married in August, both work full time and are frustrated they cannot live in the area they love.
Turn to page 14 to read Mrs Cole’s whole letter in this week’s letters page.
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MOVING DAY: Liz Cole looks back at her wedding to Simon