Guiding stalwart Rene celebrates 100th

Rene Wickings SUS-141009-092351001
Rene Wickings SUS-141009-092351001

Lower Willingdon resident Rene Wicking has celebrated her 100th birthday.

A party for Rene, formerly of East Dean, was organised by her daughter Cecily Scott, granddaughter Debbie and great granddaughter Charlotte. It was held at East Dean Village Hall and Rene arrived in a vintage Rolls Royce accompanied by her sons John and Ray Wicking.

Rene was surrounded by family and friends, members of the local Women’s Institute and former guides, the latter remembering with deep affection the lady who set up the first Girl Guides in East Dean.

Instead of birthday presents, Rene asked for donations instead to the JPK Sussex Project, set up to provide a residential centre for people with a learning disability.

Friend Jill Parker from JPK said, “I was honoured, along with my family, to be invited to this special occasion and was overwhelmed by the friendship and camaraderie at this celebration. Some £740 has been raised for the JPK and I am extremely grateful for the generosity of so many people and the generosity of spirit of the extended Wicking family.

“They will all be making a difference to help those within our community who, through no fault of their own, cannot help themselves.”