Warm tales from an avid storyteller released in her memory

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A Sibsey family have put together a book of tales from their beloved mother and wife who was a writer, poet, folk singer and animal lover.

Lorraine Bull was an avid writer all her life, and loved nature and animals, and her stories featured in the parish magazine about her family and animals – both wild and tame.

She was a well-known figure in her local village of Sibsey, having been involved with the local primary school and parish church among other groups.

Such was her dedication to her community that she was presented with an award for ‘services to the community’ by Sibsey Parish Council – being the first person to ever receive the award. Sadly, just a few weeks after this, she passed away at her home following a long illness, aged just 59.

Now her husband Nigel and children Natalie and Matthew have collated all her stories and published them in a book to raise money for two charities that were close to her heart – St Barnabas Hospice and St Margaret’s Church, Sibsey.

Called Havendale Happenings – named after her countryside home – the book collates 16 years of her work with short stories ‘to make you smile, giggle, laugh out loud and inevitably at times, shed a few tears’.

Describing his wife as ‘a versatile and accomplished writer’, Nigel said: “Creating this book has literally been a labour of love, Lorraine would have been so pleased to see her work published, and so for us as a family, this project has just been fulfilled.”

The book is priced at £9.50 or £8.50 each for two or more. Call 01205 750848 or email nataliebull23@fsmail.net

Havendale Happenings’ amusing animal ‘tails’

One of the humourous stories called Cocky Locky tells the tale of a ferocious cockrell she kept who would charge at her and peck her legs when she went to feed it – keeping her hostage in the family greenhouse one day.

Another story is Mouse Tails – about little athletic ‘squatters’ living in the family shed where they kept rabbits and guineapigs.

‘Jo’ tells the story of a strange creature that lived with the family who took to wolfwhistling at passers-by outside their home.

The Saga of Fred follows what unusual creature emerged from a fallen ash tree near their home.

One Man and His Hedgehog recounts the story of husband Nigel who ‘tucked’ a hedgehog into his hibernation bed for the winter.