Monday, 15 August 2022

Former village magazine editor to be honoured too

THE former editor of a village magazine will receive an Oxfordshire High Sheriff award on Monday.

THE former editor of a village magazine will receive an Oxfordshire High Sheriff award on Monday.

Angela Spencer-Harper, 83, who lives in Stoke Row with her husband Bob, put together

Stoke Row News
for 37 years before retiring in December. She was editor, secretary and typist of the monthly publication while her husband chaired its management committee.

Mrs Spencer-Harper, a retired administrator, was nominated by Stoke Row Parish Council in recognition of her hard work.

Claire Dunk, the parish clerk, said: “Angela ran the magazine for 37 years and has made a huge contribution to the village in keeping everyone up to date and informed with what’s going on.”

Mrs Spencer Harper said she enjoyed finding out about the history of the area where she lives.

“I have got a tremendous amount of knowledge of the village and its history,” she said. “When I started as editor I began to realise that the people who lived here had fascinating stories to tell. I have six filing cabinets full of information and 2,700 old photographs.”

Mrs Spencer-Harper has held six exhibitions and has also given lectures on 33 cruise ships, including the QEII, about life in the village. She said: “I have spread the word of Stoke Row around the world, from Alaska to India.”

Mrs Spencer-Harper has published several books, including

Dipping Into The Wells,
the story of the neighbouring villages of Stoke Row and Highmoor seen through the memories of their inhabitants.

Mr Spencer-Harper, a retired sales manager, was secretary of the village chapel for 30 years and chairman of

Stoke Row News
for even longer. He also helped fund-raise for the Samaritans for about 20 years and provided transport to Nettlebed surgery for nearly 10 years.

In 2013, he was presented with Maundy money by the Queen at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford.

The Spencer-Harpers, who will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary in June, have two grown-up sons and three grand- children.

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