Outlook Issue 20 Winter 2015
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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A dedicated plantsman
14 were another passion and she designed and created many in her various Woodbridge homes. Jill loved writing, both poems and short stories for radio, as well as a novel. As a Reader at St Mary’s, Jill was a regular preacher and prolific contributor to the pew-sheet, always carrying the simple message at the heart of her faith – that everyone, regardless of status, wealth, intellect or background, was a Loved Child of God. She was an extremely gifted artist, both on canvas and in home furnishing, and ahead of her time on the fashion front, and always tastefully dressed. Although petite in stature, she was huge in personality, with a great sense of humour and fun, and a zest for life. After early retirement from teaching, Jill trained with Marriage Guidance, and soon became a supervisor and trainer as her skills in empathy, perception and understanding were recognised. As a friend, she will always be much loved. She was my rock, mentor and inspiration and will be missed beyond measure. God bless you Jill. Mary Parker This is a day to be glad to have lived in this beautiful world, to have sailed its high seas, dipped in still waters, flown past sunlit skies, walked its woodlands, loved its lanes. This is a day to be glad to have learned, laughed and cried, known work-mates, friends and a myriad chance encounters. To have loved colour and form, music, song and the wonder of words. This is a day to be glad to have given birth, that miracle, seen life unfold in a world of new birth; sensed the presence we call God, known the joys of kinship, been blessed by human kindness, constancy and enduring love. Jill Hawes, 2013 A dedicated plantsman Some 500 people filled St Mary’s to overflowing on 11 September for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Charles Notcutt, who had died on 1 July at the age of 81. Locally, Charles was well-known and highly regarded for his long service with his family business (over 50 years) and his involvement in local groups; and nationally and internationally through his tireless work in horticulture.