Miss Virginia Lyon - 1997 Virginia moved from Lavant to Slindon in 1983 and she and her mother set up home at Timbers in School Hill. After her mother’s death two years later Virginia decided to take early retirement in order to have more time to devote to her many interests. Virginia taught at Great Ballard for 19 years. Although her main subject was English she was always willing to help out in any department. She was someone who set high standards of work and discipline for herself and for the children; years later her pupils remember with affection and gratitude for the example she set. Virginia had been involved in the development of The Weald and Downland Museum from its early days. She served on The Friends’ Committee and later became its chairman, a member of The Board and a Trustee. She threw herself into working for the museum with great enthusiasm and was largely responsible for the many shows and exhibitions – The Rare Breeds Show was her particular ‘baby’. Virginia enjoyed the theatre and music and had many friends in theatrical circles. Many enjoyed the recitals of music and readings in which she took part usually in aid of the museum or her other favourite charity the NSPCC. She loved Chichester Theatre and was one of dozens of amateurs who took part in Noel Coward’s Calvacade and with those involved in ‘The Tent’ productions’. She paraded through Chichester in costume in The Sparshott play. She was a delightful Fairy Godmother in The Slindon Pantomime. Literature played a great part in her life. She was the founder of the village poetry group. She took a full part in village life. She was a devout Christian and rarely missed the 8.00 communion. She was in charge of the distribution of The Magazine. She helped look after the churchyard and her own garden which was often open for the benefit of others. She was a very kind and thoughtful person. She had regular B. and B. visitors. She was an excellent cook and dinner parties at Timbers were gastronomic occasions. She was a regular helper at The Tamarisk centre in Littlehampton. Virginia was a tower of strength to so many people and organisations. She was a charming and generous person with a strong sense of duty and a delightful sense of humour. A carved oak finger post and stone plaque were erected in her memory and dedicated at rare Breeds Show.