Liz Neild, Artist and key member of the Lockeridge community

Written by Mary Spender on .

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Lockeridge locals will by now have heard on their grapevine that Liz Neild died on Thursday 24th November.  The rest of the Parish may not be aware.

As well as being an artist of great repute, Liz contributed hugely to her local community and will be greatly missed:  it was Liz who set up and ran the first Lockeridge Christmas drinks on the Dene, Liz who organised the Parish Time Capsule, Liz who helped at Landscape exhibitions, Heritage exhibitions, Jubilee celebrations – any village or Parish event, Liz was there, contributing good sense, fruit cake, mulled wine, and all with a smile and a laugh and “it's easy isn't it? It will all come right”.  And it always did.

She served her time on the Parish Council – most memorably as Planning Chairman, where she was capable and conscientious, made herself knowledgeable about the mysteries of Local Authority Planning, and brought to bear her own expertise on architecture and landscape.  She inspired (and wrote most of) our Village Design Statement back in the Millenium but which is still in use today.  Later she did the same to enable production of its sister publication, the Landscape booklet, since her love and knowledge of the Downs was unmatched.

Any village event which she was not helping to run (not many), she would attend to show support.  Only her wretched illness has recently kept her away – and we have all noticed, because she always WAS there.

Her fight against her cancer was fierce, as we expected, and her brave face continued to be shown in public almost to the end.

Farewell, Liz – may you rest in peace now ( but actually you're probably organising some event up there, clutching your delicious fruit cake).  I for one will be raising my glass to you come Christmas on the Dene…

Mary Spender