A surprise farewell party was held last week for a couple who have been village stalwarts for 47 years.
Dick and Di Fairhead moved from Wilsford at the end of May, having lived there since the late 1960s. One of the organisers, Jacky Scott-Combes, said they have been the heart and soul of the village, bringing passion and enthusiasm to various community organisations and events, ranging from being the village news correspondents to the Wilsford Duck Race.
More than 70 villagers threw the surprise party in their honour at the village hall when all their family joined in, having been born in the village. There was food, a special cake and a toast, together with an exhibition and a book presented to them from friends sharing memories of their life in Wilsford.
Dick and Di, who now live in Sleaford, said: “We had absolutely no idea where our family were taking us on Saturday afternoon.
“A surprise farewell party in Wilsford Hall had never entered our heads and we were quite overwhelmed by the warm welcome and so many people gathered together in our honour. Jacky did such a wonderful job. The hall looked wonderful, filled with smiling friendly faces, beautiful flowers and swags – and the food in the Small Room was a real feast.
“Thanks so much to everyone who had made sandwiches, cakes, savouries and teatime treats. A fabulous spread enjoyed by every member of our family. Wilsford people have always had a famous reputation for catering, and this tea party was certainly no exception. Thanks also to all the friends in the kitchen for their hard work in serving drinks and all that washing up.
“The special cake, decorated by Peter Smith and made by Maureen Rhoden, was just fantastic and simply delicious. The icing model of Wilsford Church is now on display at home surrounded by the duck race mini-characters, perfect in every detail.
“The ‘This is Your Life in Wilsford’ book will always be treasured by us and all the family along with our very happy memories of 47 years in Wilsford.”