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News Update 10 June 2019

News Update 10 June 2019

Barbara Large MBE, FRSA, FHUW (1932-2019)

Memorial Services

In the Unversity Chapel 6 pm Saturday 15 June

The Winchester Writers’ Festival is holding a ‘Celebration of Life’ for Barbara in the chapel on the university campus on Saturday, 15 June from 6 – 7 pm. It is open to the public and all are welcome. However, the chapel isn’t very large and they don’t know how many will be attending from the Writers’ Festival and University. The Vice-Chancellor, Joy Carter, will speak, as will friends and fellow writers and Festival director Sara Gangai. Myra Wilkinson has accepted an invitation to represent her friends from the parish.

In Twyford Church 3:30 pm Thursday 27 June

A memorial service has been arranged for Barbara Large by her son Jonathan.

Barbara now lies in the graveyard at Twyford Church where her husband John and son Jeremy were buried.

The memorial service will take place in Twyford church at 3.30 on Thursday 27th June. We hope that lots of her many friends will be able to attend and join us for the service and then tea, cake and reminiscences in Shawford Parish Hall afterwards.

For the text of the tribute to Barbara Large which appeared in the June edition of the Compton & Shawford Parish Magazine, and for links to other sources, see the Local History Society website

The Story of a Quiet Parish – Compton and Shawford

The Story of a Quiet ParishBy Barbara Clegg

Early in 2019, we discovered a hidden, hitherto unpublished gem amongst Austin Whitaker’s papers in the Hampshire Records Office; the typescript for a history of Compton and Shawford.

It had been written by Barbara Clegg, who is probably better known amongst long-time residents of Compton and Shawford as the lady who wrote and produced the annual Shawford Panto every year from the end of the war until the early 1970s. She was also a trained historian.

With the permission of Barbara’s children, the Local History Society has now published her history as a 56 page A5 booklet.

For more about the book and how to obtain a copy, visit the Local History website