Historian marks very a special date in her diary
A HISTORIAN has reached a landmark moment in her own life by celebrating her 60th wedding anniversary.
Sheila Cobbing, from Poynton, marked her diamond anniversary with her husband Gerald.
The couple married in the same year as the Algerian War of Independence against France begun, the US Supreme Court banned racial segregation in public schools and Dylan Thomas’s radio play Under Milk Wood was broadcast for the first time.
A teacher throughout her life, Sheila lectured first at the College of Adult Education, then at the Worker’s Education Association, before deciding to continue teaching on a part time basis. She accomplished all of this while raising OTHER notable events in 1954 include Winston Churchill becoming the first British Prime Minister to reach his 80th birthday while still in office; the opening of the first UK Wimpy Bar in London; JRR Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ was first published. two children, Hugh and Rosemary. Sheila retired at the impressive age of 80. Gerald worked his entire career as an engineer.
He manufactured electric trains and travelled to South Africa to oversee his company’s locomotive sales. Sheila and Gerald both used to live across the border in Stockport and moved to Poynton 20 years ago. Sheila became a resident at Parklands care home in Poynton in 2012, at the age of 86.
The couple were treated to a celebratory party at the home to mark the occasion.
Chris Machin, home manager at Parklands, said: “Seeing Sheila and Gerald together is heartwarming. It is something truly special to see two people still so devoted to one another after 60 years. Everyone at Parklands would like to wish them all the best.”
“Seeing Sheila and Gerald together is heartwarming. It is something truly special to see two people still so devoted to one another after 60 years.” CUSTOMERS and staff at a supermarket have been praised by a charity which helps keep elderly people socially active.
Waitrose in Poynton raised £359 through its green token scheme, which involves customers being given a token after each shop and nominating which charity it goes to.
The cash was handed to Macclesfield and District Live at Home, a scheme which organises luncheon clubs for the elderly.
Chris Harrop, who runs the scheme, said: “We arrange luncheon clubs at three venues across Macclesfield throughout the month, which are very well attended.
“The lunches are cooked by volunteers and we have volunteer drivers who pick up ladies and gents who find it difficult to travel to us. We offer telephone befriending, telephone prompting, advice and information and day trips.” In September the scheme will be starting a Pop Up Dementia Café, to offer support to those with dementia and their carers.
Peggy Clarke, a user of the scheme, praised it.
She said: “This scheme helps people living alone to enjoy meals together, have days out, make new friends and gives us knowledge that if a problem arises at home a telephone call will bring help.
“I have made many friends, telephone numbers exchanged, and knowing that on a dull day a lunch, a telephone call or a trip makes my life seem brighter. Thank you Chris and Diane and your army of volunteers.”
New volunteers are always welcome to join the Macclesfield and District Live at Home team which offers training
If you wish to join the scheme or become a volunteer, call the office which is based at Macclesfield Methodist Church on Westminster Road, Macclesfield, on 01625 612410.
●» Sheila Cobbing with her husband Gerald