Come and sing for Maria’s dy­ing wish

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

NEARLY 200 years ago, in 1824, Maria Tay­lor died and left £300 in her will, in­struct­ing that the in­ter­est on the money should be used to help the poor.

In 1895 the re­cently formed parish coun­cil took over the run­ning of the fund, which they are still do­ing to this day.

Ad­min­is­tra­tion costs are borne by the parish coun­cil and do­na­tions to the char­ity are re­ceived through­out the year.

The main fundraiser takes place on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 18 at 7.30pm in the parish church­yard, when tra­di­tional car­ols will be sung ac­com­pa­nied by the Chal­font Wind Band. A col­lec­tion will take place for Maria Tay­lor’s char­ity, and hot soup will be pro­vided in the church hall to round off a spe­cial evening to her­ald the com­ing of Christ­mas.

Cash will be given to those in need in time for Christ­mas. Please come along and sing for Maria.

COUN­CIL­LOR LINDA SMITH

Chair­woman Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil

against coronary heart dis­ease – the UK’s sin­gle big­gest killer.

BHF shops in the South-East of­fer a real va­ri­ety of items that will make the per­fect present this Christ­mas, from stock­ing fillers and Se­cret Santa presents to thought­ful, unique gifts. Some of the items on of­fer in­clude clothes, ac­ces­sories, toys, shoes, DVDs and books, mir­rors, glass­ware and vin­tage china tea cups!

Join the fight for ev­ery heart­beat by vis­it­ing your lo­cal BHF shop to­day and give a gift that re­ally makes a dif­fer­ence this Christ­mas. To find your near­est BHF shop, visit bhf.org.uk/shops.

Best wishes and merry Christ­mas!

ES­THER RANTZEN CBE Jour­nal­ist and BHF Am­bas­sador

is what the parish coun­cil kept re­fer­ring to when we ap­pealed against their decision.

When I buried my hus­band I truly be­lieved that I could look after his grave for my lifetime, as the lease runs for 75 years. In fact I am only al­lowed to look after him for another seven months be­fore they grass his plot!

Their decision to lay to lawn is purely based on cost-cut­ting and ease of main­te­nance. Surely they can cut back in other ar­eas and leave our loved ones’ plots as they are so that we can main­tain them our­selves, as we have of­fered to do!

Do the Parish Coun­cil not un­der­stand how im­por­tant it is for the rel­a­tive left be­hind to be able to spend time, care for and tend to some­one they have loved and lost?

SALLY GOMME Fleet­wood Close Chal­font St Giles

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