The Samuel Lee Memorial Lunch

The Samuel Lee Memorial Lunch took place in glorious spring sunshine on Sunday, March 9th.  Sixty-three people sat down to enjoy the meal, which was well up to the high standard we have come to expect from Classic Catering.

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The toast to the Memory of Samuel Lee was proposed by Jim Harker, who gave an entertaining and nostalgic account of his memories of life in Geddington over the past seventy years.

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A surprise and very welcome intervention was made by Councillor Jonathan Bullock, who presented the Charity with a grant of £500, which he had donated from his Borough Council Community Fund.

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This was followed by the auction, which has become a regular feature of these occasions.  It produced some lively and highly competitive bidding and, together with an excellent raffle, helped significantly to enhance the funds of the Charity.  The total raised on the day was £758.

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The Trustees acknowledge with thanks, generous contributions to the auction and raffle by Philip Hollobone, MP, the Boughton Estate, Rockingham Cars, Paul and Pam Hopkins, the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade, Askew’s Hairdressing and other donors.   The support given by them and by all those who attended is greatly appreciated.

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As ever, the Samuel Lee Charity stands ready to help any resident of Geddington, Newton or Little Oakley who is in need of assistance.

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John Sutton
Chairman of the Trustees

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There follows an exerpt from Cllr Harker’s talk – the full speech is included in the Samuel Lee Charity page.

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As I walk from my house in Wood Street to the Post Office to collect my paper every morning, I often reflect on the fact that the view that my eyes take in has really not changed at all from a hundred years ago and more. The Church is the same, the Cross is the same, the bridge is the same, the houses are the same, the brook is the same, the people I meet walking their dogs share the same “Good morning!” greeting that they have done for generations – for centuries probably. That’s what I love about Geddington – its permanence, its friendliness.  It’s home!

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The Samuel Lee Charity is a good example of this permanence. For over three hundred years, the men and women of Geddington have gathered together every Christmastide, in the light of rush lamps, or candles, or oil lamps, or electric lights, over the centuries, to dispense the proceeds of this Charity to the elderly members of the village, and to remember the generosity and concern for those in need, of Samuel Lee, Ranger of Geddington Chase. May it continue for many centuries to come.

The stone tomb of Samuel Lee

The stone tomb of Samuel Lee

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