Pyrton Harvest Generosity and a Timely Farewell
At the end of our Harvest Service in St Mary’s Church, the Pyrton congregation raised £62.50 for The Porch through the sale of perishable produce. Four days later, the Pinneys delivered this cash and a very large box of non-perishable goods to The Porch Stepping Stone Centre in Oxford.
It proved to be a splendid and most timely gift as it was delivered enroute to the Requiem Eucharist held at the Church of St Alban the Martyr for Jeanne Lindley (née Cammaerts), the widow of The Reverend Geoffrey Lindley. Geoffrey was Vicar of Pyrton, Shirburn and Lewknor through the 1970s and was ably supported in all parish activities by Jeanne, who was also a Lay Reader.
In their retirement, the Lindleys lived at St John’s Care Home alongside All Saints Church and helped create The Porch. Indeed they served that charity and community with loving care for over two decades. Their endless good work was marked at a splendid 65th Wedding Anniversary Party at St John’s shortly before his death in 2010 (see photo).
Many senior citizens in our parishes have the happiest memories of the Lindleys. Jeanne’s Requiem Eucharist was beautifully created by them both before their deaths, and the music was played by their son Simon, who is an organist, choirmaster, conductor and composer of note. We also enjoyed listening to one of Jeanne’s cousins, Michael Morpurgo, reading a delightful extract from one of his famous books for children.
It was a surprise to many in the congregation to learn that Jeanne had served with distinction at Bletchley Park from 1943 – 1945. Although only 20 years old when she went there, she was a competent linguist and soon became a key analyst in their work to break the German Enigma codes. Later in life, she was honoured for this work. Many of us saw this accolade as a fitting tribute to her and her family. Her father had been heavily involved in bringing the plight of Belgium to the notice of the British public in the 1st World War. He also collaborated with his friend Edward Elgar, who set some of her father’s war poems to music.
Jeanne and Geoffrey never forgot their happy days at Pyrton, Shirburn and Lewknor – they were a wonderful couple. We send our deepest commiserations to Simon, Ruth and their families.