Oliver Hawkins (1889 – 1975)

The cherry tree planted by the pond in memory of Oliver Hawkins is often one of the first to blossom. This photo was taken at the end of March 2020. This reminder that Spring is well on the way helps us to remember a very distinguished Dabchick. His memorial stone (made by village craftsman, Marcus Rouse) reads:

He served not for personal glory, nor monetary gain. Suffice for him it was to serve his fellow man

His obituaries – with thanks to the archive at Wiltshire Museum, Devizes – refer to this gentleman as the ‘Father of Aldbourne’. His tree was planted in January 1976. The pink flowers in spring and the blaze of red leaves in autumn always bring him to mind.

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