Neighbours, family and friends gathered together on Sunday 23rd August to say a sad farewell to Wyn Bouchard who was about to leave for her new home in Somerset.
Wyn was well known to many older residents as the wonderful person responsible for the Istead Rise Luncheon Club, which she ran for many years in association with Age Concern. Wyn planned, shopped and cooked lunch for numerous elderly residents attending this weekly event. Christmas lunch was extra special as not only did she produce a traditional Christmas dinner, she also made sure everyone had a present. Sadly the lunch club came to a premature end in 2007 when a fire put the Community Centre out of action for nearly two years.
Despite her 96 years, until recently Wyn could frequently be seen walking briskly around the Rise – usually moving uphill at a rate much speedier than many considerably younger residents. But despite her athletic prowess, the crunch came when she had a fall in February and broke her hip. After an operation she returned home just as “lockdown” was beginning. Not only was she now unable to get around in her inimitable fashion, but until very recently home visits were limited to professional carers only. Now, despite a long standing wish to remain in her own house, she has agreed her best and most sensible option is a move to a residential home in Somerset near to one of her sons.
At the farewell presentation, Councillor Dibben handed Wyn a framed certificate which stated: “To Wyn Bouchard in recognition of, and deep appreciation for, her valuable service over many years for the Istead Rise community. Her extraordinary dedication and hard work will not be forgotten. With sincere and grateful thanks from all the residents and friends of Istead Rise, past and present”.
We send Wyn lots of good wishes for a long and happy stay in her new home. Good luck Wyn, and a very big thank you from your friends. You will be sadly missed.