Phyllis Broome celebrated her 90th birthday with a party for thirty-seven people in the village hall on 16th October, 2021. The bells of St. James rang a ¼ peel Grandsire Doubles involving 1260 changes in recognition of this milestone in Phyllis’s life.

The tables were decorated with flowers and balloons and after a glass of fizz a delicious lunch was served. Phyllis cut a very pretty fruit birthday cake while cameras clicked.

Phyllis was born in the home of her great grandparents John & Angelina Harris, 88 Manor Cottage, one of three cottages, later demolished, behind the Manor House. Angelina Harris’s maiden name was Keen and the Keens and Harris’s go back to the 1600s in South Leigh. When Phyllis was six years old she moved with her brother, Chris and parents Fred and Freda Tipping to Wayside. They lived there for sixty years.

Although Phyllis now lives in Witney she considers South Leigh as home.

Liz Ashwell

Phyllis Broome