A woman dubbed the guardian angel of Tingewick is hanging up her parish council hat after three remarkable decades.
Carol Thurlby moved to the village as a young mum and has progressed through running the playgroup to organising the over 60s club.
I’ve worked out that there’s only six houses in Tingewick that I haven’t been in to visitCouncillor Thurlby
And because she knows practically every resident by name, she has developed her own infallible method of dealing with petty crimes and problems, on the rare occasions that they arise in the village.
“Over the years, if see a youngster loitering, being a nuisance or looking like they’re going to write some graffiti or something, I just go up to them and say: ‘Oi, stop that or I’ll tell your mum.’’ It works every time!” said the 75-year-old, who lives in New Street.
“I probably changed their nappy at playgroup, so it’s hard for them to cheek me back! It’s a system that’s worked because we don’t really have any problems in Tingewick.
“It’s a lovely peaceful place to live.”
Carol, who has three children and five grandchildren, ran Tingewick playgroup for 15 years and was then caretaker at the village school for 20 years.
She has also served on the village hall committee for 37 years.
“There’s not really anybody here that I don’t know. I’ve worked out that there’s only six houses in Tingewick that I haven’t been in to visit,” she said.
Carol plans to retire from her role as parish councillors just before the local and national elections on May 7.
“I’ve been doing it for 30 years and I’ve enjoyed it.
“But if I stood again this year it would be for a five year term and would I really want to be still doing this when I’m 80?” she said.
She nw plans to devote more time to her family, the over 60s club and also the Coombe Mill Preservation Society, of which she and her husband are keen members.
Meanwhile her husband Richard, at 78 is keeping up the family tradition of staying busy and working within the community.
“He’s a lollipop man! He works outside Bourton Meadow school in Buckingham and he loves it.” said Carol.
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