Lockeridge stunned by the loss of a popular couple in a tragic road accident

Written by Neil Goodwin.

Lockeridge residents were reeling today to the news that the victims of Sunday (19 July) afternoon’s tragic accident on the A303 just to the west of the A34 interchange were John and Judith Woodget.

John died at the scene of the accident whilst Judith was critically injured and transported to hospital where she passed away the following morning.

Neighbours have been stunned by this shocking news and their deaths will leave a big hole in the community.

Judith, a well established garden designer and gardening enthusiast had been a long standing member of the Parish Council as well as governor of the Kennet Valley School, and had been at the forefront for many years of the campaign to improve road safety through the narrow lanes of the village where traffic volumes and speeds have gradually been increasing.  John had been, until he very recently retired, one of Intel Corporation’s senior worldwide executives based at their UK headquarters in Swindon.  As well as travelling and spending time with their children and grandchildren, retirement meant that John could devote time and effort particularly on one of his projects, restoring a classic Porsche 911 to its original condition.

John had not long ago taken up the role of chairman of the Wiltshire Community Foundation, the county’s charitable funding organisation, with which he had been involved for several years.

They leave behind three grown up children and four grandchildren and since John’s retirement they were looking forward to spending much more time with their family in the UK and also in Seattle.