On Wednesday the 3rd of November from 1pm while 3pm, there was a memorial afternoon tea at the Eversley Park Centre for Margaret Gibson, who sadly passed away in August this year. Margaret’s husband Michael Gibson wanted all that knew Margaret to attend the memorial afternoon tea where he unveiled a plaque at the Scarlet Oak Tree in the park to commemorate Margaret.
Many of Margaret’s friends, family and colleagues attended the memorial, including local parish councillors.
Margaret was well known throughout Sherburn, having served on the parish council for 38 years as the Parish Clerk and Finance Officer. Margaret has also been involved with the Eversley Park Centre since it was built in 1995, working as the secretary. Margaret looked after the paperwork and finance at the Centre, and she was very much an unsung hero of the village who had incredible local knowledge and always knew what was going on.
Friend and colleague of Margaret, Barry Whiteley, the chairman of Eversley Park Centre, said, ‘Margaret was a lovely lady and colleague, and she will be very sadly missed.’
Mick, who looked after the allotments in Sherburn for many years and David Varley, who helped plant the Scarlet Oak Tree and was a great friend of Margaret, said, ‘Margaret was passionate and dedicated to the village and was very well known in and around Sherburn’.
In 2019 Margaret’s services to the Parish Council and the community were recognised, and Margaret, along with her husband Michael, were invited to the Queen’s Garden Party.
Not only was Margaret passionate about Sherburn, but she was also a great lover of horses, having saved up to buy her first horse at just 11 years old! Margaret was the secretary and Chair of the Nidd Valley Riding Club for several years.
Margaret was a well known and respected lady in the village who was hard-working and meticulous with her work. Margaret will be greatly missed by everyone in the village.
The memorial for Margaret can be found at Eversley Park, where there is a Scarlet Oak Tree and a commemorative plaque that was kindly funded by personal donations from friends and colleagues.