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Village People

1st of March 2014

Elizabeth Frances Weedon – A Life Well-Lived

Elizabeth was blessed with many outstanding talents and also had the gift of inspiring others to discover and develop their own. After moving to Chipperfield in 1951 she was invited to take over the W.I. Drama Group. Under her expert guidance they achieved the remarkable feat, for an all-women amateur group, of performing Shakespeare’s ‘Richard II’ and ‘Hamlet’. Elizabeth’s skilled direction and her powerful performances in the title roles totally won over the critics. One fan letter read “I thought I knew the play well, but your production made me feel I had never seen or read it before, and it was the most moving experience in my theatre-going life.”

In 1966 her beloved son Richard was born and she greatly enjoyed her fulfilling new role as a successful single mother. Art and Music were also important to her – she was an accomplished musician, both playing instruments in the music group in the church, and singing in the choir for many years. Exhibitions of her nature inspired paintings were held locally and her skill as a needlewoman can be seen every day in St Pauls – she designed and embroidered some beautiful Altar cloths and the large banner that hangs in the church.

She will be remembered not only for her many achievements but also for her qualities of integrity and insight, and kindness and understanding which illuminated everything she did. Many will also fondly recall how she frequently expressed her keen appreciation of comical situations with delightfully whole hearted, life affirming laughter. A bravely independent and generously creative well-lived life.

Mary Holland, former pupil, fellow actor, and with all the Hollands, life-long friend.

 
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