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Our Natural Home - A country-woman's guide to England's nature

I publish below a letter from Mrs Corkerham.

19 October

Dear Mrs Lennier,

Thank you for your kind offer to continue to publish articles from me on Countryside matters. I have spoken to husband Terry (who has helped me with this letter) and I think I will have to turn you down.

I think all the issues about the village newspaper have been unfortunate and looking back they were pursued by some people too vigorously and I am sorry to have gone along with them as far as I did. All I really wanted was to be able to write an article more in keeping with my interests - which are not particularly focussed on the countryside, I now realise.

I regret the harsh words exchanged between us and hope there are no hard feelings - although I think it is best if I have no further involvement in the Harbinger after the outcome of the vote the other day.

Anyway, Terry and I have decided we are going to move back to Croydon for family reasons. We have sold Nature's Nook to a lovely lady who wants to rebrand it "Tilebury Styles" and increase the range to include everything from costumes to artist's materials. She takes over the lease next month.

I wish her well and will miss our many friends in the village. There will always be a warm welcome in Croydon if you are passing through.

Yours sincerely,

Camilla Corkerham.

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