Cynthia, well known and well loved for all her great community work in Saltford, had also been a key member of the Keynsham group of the Avon Wildlife Trust. Sadly for us, Cynthia decided to retire from the committee in the autumn of 2020, after nearly 20 years of dedicated and loyal support.
Cynthia joined us in 2001, shortly after moving to Saltford from Chichester, with her husband Miles. Her astonishing energy, enthusiasm and wealth of new ideas were evident right from the start, and she galvanised us to new levels of working.
Before long she became Minutes Secretary, Field Outings Secretary and Speakers Secretary, and put Publicity on the Agenda. She recruited some of the current committee members and arranged the initial writing of an article in Keynsham Voice (which continues to this day, now a regular feature in the Voice). She organised a River Walk Exhibition in St. John’s church, and organised far too many speakers, talks and walks to mention. She carried on undiminished, despite the loss of Miles some years ago.
Photo: Cynthia at the Local Groups meeting at Bennett's Patch and White's Paddock 2016
She listed as some of her highlights with our group: Sarah’s talk on Bees, and a visit to her bee rich garden in Yatton; Jerry Dicker’s expert talks on trees and a visit to Tortworth Arboretum; Elm Farm AGM 2009, where the speaker had a tank of specimens of pond life; observing Woodchester roosting bats on TV monitors and visiting Salisbury plain to see Great Bustards. We could list many more!
Photo: With Jerry Dicker at Tortworth Arboretum 2015