His­to­rian marks very a spe­cial date in her diary

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

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

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