Sunday, 24 October 2021

90th birthday party for former councillor

A FORMER councillor celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends.

A FORMER councillor celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends.

Doreen Cook was joined by her three children and dozens of well-wishers for the celebration at the Thamesfield retirement home in Wargrave Road, Henley, where she lives.

Mrs Cook was born on December 23, 1924, in Liverpool and moved to Henley when she was 14 after her father, Arthur Simpson, was appointed town clerk.

Her mother, Elsie, died of tuberculosis when she was a child and her father remarried and had two more children, Lesley and Andrew Simpson.

Mrs Cook attended Henley Grammar School, now The Henley College, where she met her husband-to-be Donald. They were married at St Mary’s Church in 1947 and her father played the organ.



The couple built their own house in Western Road where they raised their three children, Nicholas, Joanna and Patrick.

Mrs Cook worked as a physiotherapist at the old Townlands Hospital and her husband worked for the Bank of England.

The family moved to Lower Assendon in 1970 but Mr and Mrs Cook continued to be involved in the community, including the Henley choir, the Kenton Theatre and Bix church.

She represented Bix and Assendon on South Oxfordshire District Council in Eighties and Nineties and chaired the planning commitee.

After retiring, the couple moved to King’s Road in Henley and enjoyed being members of Phyllis Court Club, where Mrs Cook served on the council. Her husband died in 1991.

Mrs Cook has nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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