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Dorothy Gilbert (formerly Burgess)

20th of December 2006

A short piece taken from the address.
Dorothy and Eric Burgess moved to Chipperfield in 1948 and the village was home to her for nearly 30 years. During this time she worked actively for the Labour Party, in her spare time raising funds by running dances in the Village Hall and canvassing during elections. One of her daytime jobs was running the local shoe shop, which was at the top of Croft Lane and was a local meeting place for a chat and a cuppa as well as supplying the latest fashion in shoes. This was not her most famous job which came some years before when she worked as a waitress for the actor James Mason when he owned Ollieberrie Farm.
She left Chipperfield in the seventies, living in several different areas before moving back to Chipperfield 7 years ago to St Paul’s Court in the centre of the village. As she became more housebound she loved sitting in her front window watching the children go to school and the comings and goings from the Two Brewers.
Kaye, June and Ian would like to thank everyone who helped to make Dorothy’s last few years in Chipperfield so comfortable and happy. Particularly, Nadine Williams who was one of Dorothy’s carers, but had done her shopping every week for seven years and numerous other things, mainly making her laugh on a daily basis! Also, her friends from the Lunch Club – Mary West, Liz Holliday and Rita Forsythe – who were weekly visitors on a Thursday. Thanks also to all who sent cards and letters and gave support during this sad time.

 
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