The Nunney Community Association (NCA) has presented a unique book to long-standing member Catharine Goldsmith, who is moving to America.
To mark Catharine’s departure from Nunney, the Nunney Community Association held a drinks party at The George at Nunney.
The NCA asked Visit Nunney to produce a one-off book for her with photos of Nunney and the countless events Catharine helped organise in the village over the years.
The book, which is not for sale to the general public, also contains quotes from NCA members past and present about working with Catharine.
Click here to see an electronic copy of Catharine Goldsmith – A tribute by the Nunney Community Association. (PDF format requires Acrobat Reader, which is available as a free download.)
Catharine Goldsmith has been active in various community organisations ever since she arrived in Nunney, nearly twenty years ago.
“She didn’t wait for someone to discover her,” say two other stalwarts of Nunney community events, Nora and Fred Lestrange.
“Catharine came straight out and joined in, first the NCA of which she was soon appointed Treasurer (and a blooming good one too), and then the village hall.”
“Next came Parish Council, when she succeeded Fred as Chairman. Lastly we believe was the Nunney Players committee, when she knitted an almost 5ft soldier for a raffle prize!”
Over the years Catharine has worked tirelessly to support Nunney community events. She has been one of many volunteers who quietly make things happen and whose efforts don’t always get the appreciation they deserve.
“From taking an active role in almost every comittee, and most of the time the most pro-active role at this, through to supporting events run by other organisations, Catharine has always been a huge part of what goes on,” say Keren and Francis Hayden, who have helped organise events in Nunney for over ten years.
“Will we ever forget the dozens of bottles she sorted and labelled for the Tombola at the Fayre? The hundreds of raffle tickets she folded and sold at the various events?”, Nora adds. “Red noses at Carols in the Castle? Counting money around our dining table after the Father Christmas float – sometimes very late at night, if the collectors had happened to ‘get a bit held up’ at a pub or two on the way round?”
Catharine is starting a new life in the most spectacular fashion. She is marrying Gail Taylor, a retired rodeo rider, and moving to Buckhorn, New Mexico (population 214). Her fiancé has already presented her with a horse, a hat and a pair of cowboy boots.
“Buckhorn beware!” says NCA member and parish council member Jeremy Gaunt, who worked with Catharine on various Nunney committees for years. “I predict an outbreak of street parties, medieval fayres, Easter bonnet parades and Morris dancing.”
His fellow NCA member Jenny Rawlings adds, “We’re so pleased Catharine is going to have a wonderful new life, but hope she won’t forget to come and see us sometime (with her lovely cowboy!).”