Friends mourn passing of village veteran Sheila

Sheila Pratt, one of the village’s longest-standing residents, has died at the age of 81. Sheila passed away in Watford hospital after battling
with a long illness. She received excellent care from the NHS over many years under the watchful eye of Clare in the Haematology ward. She moved into the village more than 30 years ago, shortly before retiring from being a successful publisher and editor of the Law Society Gazette. She used her skills lately to great effect at our local Citizens Advice Bureau. She was also a keen supporter of the Residents Association and was the president who helped organise several well-attended events. Her entry into the village coincided with the foundation of the Social Democrat Party and she was an assiduous canvasser, leafleting around the villages, and being coerced into standing as a town councillor for Nash Mills ward. Luckily, as she would proclaim, she wasn’t voted in. Sheila was also a keen bridge player.  Sheila’s funeral will take place at Wood Lane chapel on Friday October 18th at 11 am, to be followed by a reception in her honour at the Marchmont Arms. All who knew Sheila are welcome.