GEORGE STEWART 1931-2021

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GEORGE LUMSDEN STEWART 18 JULY 1931- 31st OCTOBER 2021

George Stewart died peacefully in Berwick Infirmary on Sunday afternoon, October 31st.

Born in 1937 at Laverock Law, near Lowick. George was the youngest in his family.  In 1990 he married Eleanor Patterson, nee Baptist, (Nellie) who had been widowed at an early age and for many years had cared for her elderly mother.  George and Nellie lived happily together for 31 years at 10 Main Street, Lowick  until Nellies’s death earlier this year.

 

 

George was a countryman with an understanding and appreciation of the natural world and a particular interest and knowledge about birds. He was a keen shot and won many cups for clay pigeon and target shooting. He liked nothing better than going fishing in the local ponds and bringing home some fresh trout to share with his neighbours.

A painter and decorator by profession, working on his own, George was in demand in the larger houses in the district, never needing to advertise the quality of his work for, as he said, his name was always mentioned at dinner parties, when someone was looking for a reliable efficient decorator.

George on his 9th birthday with his new bicycle. He had walked the 5 miles to school and back every day.

George never travelled far from home except for his two and a half years in the RAF on National Service, where he decorated the officer’s mess and was then allowed to use their canteen – a story that illustrates George’s ability to get what he wanted from each situation. Asked to give his home address as he went through the RAF registration process, Lowick was misheard by the Flight Sergeant as “Lerwick”(Shetland) – George didn’t object when his period of leave was extended to allow for long travel times, because of living so far away..

He lived a full life right up to his admission to hospital, an independent person who loved being in his garden where he grew quality vegetables: fine roses and sweet peas. He had been caring for Nellie before she died last January, doing their own washing cooking and domestic chores. George was certainly a character, regularly disappearing in his car to Berwick or Belford shops, having a special affection foR Marks and Spencer their prawn cocktail, rice pudding and fruit cake.

A bit isolated towards the end because of his poor hearing (a legacy from his shooting), George maintained a determination and sense of humour up to the end. When told by the paramedics who came to check him after a fall, they would take him to hospital he said ‘If you try that I will let your tyres down !’

George will be remembered with affection, his disappearance a loss to the village of Lowick, the end of a particular era in the life of the community.

His funeral will be on Monday 8th November at 11am. in St John The Baptist church Lowick, followed by burial in Kyloe.

 

COMMUNITY AWARD 2021

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  • Time to consider who should be chosen for this year’s COMMUNITY AWARD. The winners will be chosen on Thursday 18th November, at the next PC meeting. Please let us have you ideas by then.
  • Each year, we present two awards. Please think about people who have given service over the years, or in the last 12 months.
  • In the absence of our shop, please email your suggestion using the form below.

VILLAGE STORE SURVEY RESULTS

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If you answered the call in the survey – thankyou. The results are below.

103 people completed the survey, which is an amazing response, as LL goes out to 150+ addresses. This alone tells how important our shop is. The numbers are numbers of “votes”, except when people visit the shop – that’s a percentage.

The most popular reasons for using the shop are:

Fresh bread or rolls 79
Dairy 79
Newspapers and Magazines 74
Eggs 59
Collect Prescriptions 52
Everyday Groceries 51
Sandwiches, pies 51

People visit the shop:

Every day 32%
Frequently 30%
Once a week 22%

Opening Hours Preferred

I need the shop to be open

In the Morning 66
Saturday 64
In the Afternoon 43
Sunday 38
First thing in the morning 25
After work 16
When school starts or finishes 14
Late opening 7

What would you like the re-open shop to sell?

When the shop returns, what would you like it to have?

Local Produce 58
Groceries 53
Household Goods 27
Prescriptions 27
Other Option 27 11%
A Cafe  22
Stationery 22
Gifts 17

The Future?

There is no definite news on the fate of the shop, which was to go on the open market on 18th October. It is hoped that a buyer will be successful in taking the shop over, and it will reopen in the not too distant future, answering the wishes of the many people who completed our survey.

Should the shop not be bought, the Parish Council will lead a community bid to take over the shop, and has already looked into the many ways this can happen, and some of the ways it an be funded. This is not the preferred option, but we are ready to start, if it should be necessary – thanks in no small part to the interest shown at our recent meeting, and in the questionnaire.