The Arm Chair recollections of the late Ev Sketchley


Up until the 1930s the church yard boasted a large lime tree and in the early summer, it was a delight to hear the buzzing of the bees as they collected the pollen attracted by the strong fragrance from the tree.   

As the tree aged the trunk split into two and steel bands were put in place to hold it together, made by the village blacksmith Tom Peberdy.

Eventually the tree was considered unsafe and too big for the churchyard and was dismantled with great care by Claude Barrowcliffe and Dick Peberdy so as not to disturb the surrounding gravestones. The tree was dragged from the church yard onto the land which is now occupied by the Mallards Home bungalow. Originally this land belonged to the Church but Miss Augusta Hamilton, sister of the rector, purchased the land from the church authorities and used it to provide a wooden shack for her groom who looked after her horses. When Miss Augusta died, the land was sold to Mr Wilfred Shipley, a painter in Loughborough, who built a bungalow called “The Shack” – the name identified with the bungalow until recently.