Celebrity cook honours home library volunteers

WRVS Home Library Service Volunteer Mary Nickoll, left and client Marjorie Wooster from Little Horwood. 121024M-E876
WRVS Home Library Service Volunteer Mary Nickoll, left and client Marjorie Wooster from Little Horwood. 121024M-E876

Every month, Little Horwood resident Mary Nickoll drops in on housebound Marjorie Wooster, who is in her 80s, makes her a cup of tea and enjoys a chat, while she delivers library books for Bucks County Council’s Home Library Service.

Last Wednesday, WRVS volunteer Mrs Nickoll joined about 90 others to meet Great British Bake-Off celebrity cook Mary Berry at an awards ceremony in Hazlemere.

Mary Berry, who has written more than 70 cookery books, gave a talk and presented long service awards to 17 volunteers.

Mrs Nickoll said: “She was great fun, really personable.

“She showed her support for the service.”

Mrs Nickoll, who visits three housebound people for the home library service, said: “I love chatting to people, and I love the companionship with the people who receive books through the service.

“People are so warm and friendly, and so very happy to see a visitor for a chat.”

WRVS has delivered the Home Library Service for housebound residents on behalf of Bucks Libraries since 2003.

In 2011, more than 300 volunteers delivered 38,849 items, including books, CDs, spoken word, DVDs, games and magazines to 460 housebound residents, throughout the county.

Volunteers choose and deliver library material monthly for housebound readers and spend time having a chat and cup of tea with them.

For more information about the Home Library Service, call 01494 475573.