Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -


Old Amer­sham

I have been very shocked to hear only yes­ter­day of the un­timely death of coun­cil­lor Davida Allen.

As a for­mer Lan­guages lec­turer at Amer­sham Col­lege I had the priv­i­lege and the joy of teach­ing Davida French some 35 years ago.

It is thanks to her that I found my dear friend Lilly, her neigh­bour on Stan­ley Hill, who, as my child minder, was a sec­ond mum to my two chil­dren and also un­for­tu­nately died at an early age.

I al­ways kept in touch with Davida, of­ten bump­ing into her when she was cy­cling down Stan­ley Hill and I was cy­cling up.

My French fam­ily also stayed with her for the wed­ding of my daugh­ter six years ago and I last spoke to her in the sum­mer when we talked about speed re­stric­tions in Old Amer­sham.

Ev­ery­one is right, she was a cham­pion of im­por­tant lo­cal is­sues and al­ways put oth­ers first.

The dis­trict coun­cil and the com­mu­nity will have lost an ex­tremely valu­able mem­ber we will all miss.

I will cer­tainly miss our ‘wav­ing hands’ and ex­change of smiles when our cy­cling paths cross.

My most sin­cere con­do­lences to her chil­dren and fam­ily.

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