FAREWELL old friend: Many will be saddened to hear of the death in Basingstoke hospital of painter, dancer, linguist and polymath Suzanne Jones, of Rooks Farm.

Along with husband Neil, also unwell in hospital, Suzanne farmed the fields around Rotherwick for over 50 years.

Following a private cremation service earlier in the week, her large family and many friends gathered from far and wide for a humanist celebration of her life at Tylney Hall last Thursday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Neil, Bryony, Jeanette, Matthew, Nadine and the family, and hope Neil will be back home soon.

ACTIVE Kids help: Please look through your pockets and wallets for any spare Active Kids sports vouchers from Sainsbury’s, as Sue Whistler needs them by Saturday, in order to claim on behalf of the Rotherwick Scout Group.

Thanks to the support from villagers they’ve done very well from the scheme over the years, which provides new sports equipment to local schools and community groups. If you can pop them through her front door it would be greatly appreciated.