12 March 1999

A GODSEND is WELL NAMED

D OROTHY means "God given", so I am told, and I am sure that the Devon members would agree that contact leader Dorothy Sellick falls into that category.

This dedicated FWC member leaves no stone unturned in her organisation of events for one of the largest clubs in the land. One hundred and one members attended the annual lunch in Sidmouth and it was great fun to meet so many people who occasionally reverted to their Devon dialect so that I felt I had entered a foreign country.

&#42 Frozen lamb

On a walk along the towpath of the Grand Western Canal, Tiverton, I got to hear something of Dorothys life before she took on being contact leader. She recalled harsh winters, when lambing was all done outside – giving a whole new descriptive vision to me of frozen lamb.

Widowed 23 years ago, she had to sell up the farm but decided she was too young to vegetate so took in guests in her new home as she had much experience in providing farmhouse bed and breakfast. This perpetually busy lady also supplied home-baked cakes and scones for the local tea rooms as well as shopping and cooking lunch for the Age Concern Day Centre. Now she says she is easing up a little but patients at the local hospital must be so pleased that her smiling face is still seen around the wards every Saturday morning.

Her garden is an absolute picture seen by many as they cruise along the canal and when she is not busy gardening she is off walking the countryside with fellow ramblers. Her family must be so proud that she has managed to make a new life for herself after the tragic early death of her husband in a riding accident.

Jean Howells