A Warning From Scatterdells Lane!
After some 15 months since its concept, John Prestwichs motorised chair/bed is now practically ready for him to take his maiden voyage! We therefore thought it advisable to warn villagers to keep a wary eye open for, and to give a wide berth to, this newly liberated learner-driver. Seriously though, to be able to move himself around totally independently for the first time for almost 44 years will be an unbelievable experience for John.
None of this would have happened had it not been for the tremendous help we have received from so many people. Many of the firms who have been involved in the project have generously provided materials and equipment either free or at cost. Friends and local people have made not only financial contributions but have given their time and the use of necessary equipment. We cant name them all but there are a few we would particularly like to thank publically – Peter Williams, Dennis and Judy Jenks (from Sarratt) and lastly, but by no means least, Jarleth Pattinson. Jarleth has been involved from day one and has spent an enormous amount of time and effort in its production. In fact, there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever, that had it not been for Jarleth and his amazing expertise, the chair/bed would never have materialised. We will never, ever, be able to adequately express our thanks and appreciation to him or indeed to Stephanie. his long-suffering wife. For all these months she has patiently (we hope!) put up with a pre-occupied husband and has generously supported us in all aspects of the task.
John and Maggie Prestwich
In July we had a family holiday on the north Devon coast. On our way there we stopped for bed and breakfast at the delightful Gubbs Farm at West Buckland near Barnstable. This 300-year old Devon farmhouse is the home of ex-Chipperfield residents Jane and Mike Templeman. We were given a very warm welcome, excellent food and spacious and comfortable accommodation with tastefully decorated rooms. The youngsters had a large room on the second floor with various games and activities to keep them amused. The gardens are interesting and colourful with several lit- ‘ tie nooks to sit in and enjoy the surroundings. I can thoroughly recommend a stay at Gubbs Farm. If you want a few days peace and quiet or just a pleasant stop on your way somewhere else, you will be sure of a warm and friendly welcome. For a brochure ring Jane on 01598 760365. Neilma Coates