Molly was a regular volunteer at the Village Shop fifteen years ago.

My wife Molly and I were married in Culworth Church in 1961 and so celebrated our Diamond Wedding Anniversary last year. We have spent our entire married life in various Sulgrave properties. Some of you will know that Molly was in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford for the whole of November, recovering from a lung cancer operation. I managed to make daily visits, often using the excellent “Park and Ride” facility. She has been home for the past month, during which time I have looked after her to the best of my ability. The 6.30 pm timing of the evening advent calendar window parties coincided with a busy time of evening medicines and dinner, so I was unable to attend or take the usual photographs for the website. However, members of the Sulgrave Camera Club filled the gap brilliantly and photos were provided and posted on the website every evening up to Tuesday 20th. I am particularly grateful to all who took part in this, which enabled me to feel that I was part of what has now become the traditional Sulgrave Advent Celebrations.

There was then a gap in uploading images of the nightly unveiling parties whilst we spent the Christmas period with our eldest daughter in Wiltshire. Upon our return, photographs of the remaining windows arrived as emails or through the letterbox on memory sticks. These have now been uploaded and so the Advent Calendar Windows records for 2022 are complete.

At this time of crisis for the NHS, I would like to record my thanks for the care extended to Molly by the excellent surgeons, doctors and nurses at the John Radcliffe in diagnosing and treating the cancer within five short weeks. 

Colin Wootton



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