A celebration for the late Cyril Perrin

A celebration for the late Cyril Perrin – Sunday 1 November 2015.

Cyril was born and lived in Littlebury all of his life and in the words of Mike O’Connor he was a ‘true village stalwart’ so much so that Mike had the idea of having an afternoon with lunch and music in Cyril’s honour and if possible raise a little money for charity; after liaising with the family the plans were made.

The charities selected were the Hatherley Care Home, who had looked after Cyril so well for the time he was there and who are still caring for Joyce and the Littlebury Village Hall.  Cyril & Joyce always supported the various events held in the hall and they could be seen dancing to the live music or attending the various dinners over the years.

Mike & Anne O’Connor worked hard in getting the event off the ground; apart from preparing the 3 hot lunch options they also got the Wangers together, so that with a little help from their family and friends music was performed throughout the afternoon.

Bearing in mind the short notice in arranging this event it was exceptionally well supported and it wasn’t long before Bill & Sue Starr were busy serving the hot meals from the wide selection available.

John Tipton gave a rendition of “Cyril and his Tractor” and as 2 prizes had generously been donated a raffle was also held.

The support of the Village Hall Committee was invaluable; especially to Paul Fennelly and Bill Garland for running the bar throughout the afternoon and to Isabelle Page and Lisa Porter for their delicious homemade desserts which went down extremely well.

Finally a special word of thanks to Martyn Porter, he was unable to attend but had put together and set up 2 rolling picture slide shows; these proved to be a great attraction and throughout the afternoon there was always someone looking at them.

A very big thank you to everyone who attended and enjoyed this special tribute to a true village character; I am pleased to advise that just over £600 was raised and this has been divided between the two charities.

Jean Cowell