Come and sing for Maria’s dying wish
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
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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