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Remember Marilyn Watkins

zoewatkinsA good number of readers of The Wychwood will remember Marilyn Watkins and her daughter Zoë, who lived for many years in Milton and latterly with Marilyn’s mother Sylvia Turner (née Crowdy) in Blenheim Cottage (the last house leaving Shipton on the Burford Road, which was badly hit by the floods of 2007). Sylvia Turner had been brought up by her Uncle and Aunt, Mr and Mrs Dor (née Stringer) in Milton, so Marilyn was connected it seemed at times to half of Milton. Sylvia died in 2010 at the age of 93. Her obituary was given in The Wychwood of August 2010. She had worked on farms in both Shipton and Milton, and in the 1950s and 1960s used to deliver milk around the Wychwoods.

Marilyn moved a few years ago to Scotland but has kept in touch with old friends in the Wychwoods. Recently she sorted out some of her many old photographs. The first photo shows Zoë being presented, earlier this year, with a medal to mark her service to all three branches of the military. The officer making the presentation is Air Vice Marshall Ross Paterson, Air Officer Scotland. The second photo is of Marilyn and a group of Milton children. Zoë is a keen walker and had bagged 120 Munros at the last count.

Group of Milton children early 1950s. Girl with arm raised is Marily Watkins

Group of Milton children early 1950s. Girl with arm raised is Marilyn Watkins

Marilyn has promised to write down some of her many anecdotes of the Wychwoods for us to enjoy in future editions.

Alan Vickers

December 2017 – January 2018