In memory of a special villager

Support...far left, Vicar Reverend Liz Bickley during the re-dedication of Shearsby play equipment.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Support...far left, Vicar Reverend Liz Bickley during the re-dedication of Shearsby play equipment.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

A villager who worked hard for the people of Shearsby was one again remembered at a special rededication service.

The playground on the village green was originally dedicated to Josie Durran when it was built about 20 years ago.

So when they got a grant to replace the ageing equipment, it seemed only right to build it in her name once again.

The money to revamp the playground came from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), after help and follow-up support from the Leicestershire and Rutland Assocaition of Local Councils (LRALC).

Cllr Martin Reynolds said: “We are extremely grateful to NALC for their generous award, and also to LRALC for the recommendation and the follow-up support given.

“Mrs Durran was the mother of Cllr David Durran and Mrs Jill Stanley and it was deemed only right and proper that the re-dedication should honour her memory and indeed that of her family who have put so much time and effort into Shearsby village life over many years.

“Our thanks also go to the vicar, the Rev Liz Bickley for the service of re-dedication, and to the volunteer members of the Shearsby Community Association for providing refreshments and for their continuing support.”

The previous playground apparatus had come to the end of its useful life with wood rot affecting the footings.

“It was sold to a private buyer who removed and repaired it as necessary.

“The new apparatus is similar in design, but aimed at a slightly higher age range and has an expected service life of 25 years.

The village green and playground now belong to the parish council, deeds having been transferred since Shearsby became a new council in 
2013,