Thursday, 9 August 2018

A "Good Morning Miss Dove" Moment


a letter arrived yesterday from the Trelawnyd Community Association 

Hi John

At our last meeting of the Association I was tasked with inviting you out for a meal to thank you for how you have supported  village life since you moved here; this isn't just about the flower show  this is about your overall commitment to the village.. As a fellow Yorkshireman I took the view that this isn't something we could spring on you as a surprise so I thought it best to ask you straight out what night you would be free -week after next. Once I have the dates you are free I'll organise a meal and drink in the Crown - nothing too elaborate and no surprises.

(The suggestions made if you said no did range from "Kidnap" to the group descending on your house with many bottles - a terrifying thought!!!)

Best regards
Ian

-- 
Ian Papworth-

How lovely 

88 comments:

  1. Lovely note and idea for the gathering.

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  2. Wow, that's wonderful...the note and the sentiment behind it! Good for you!

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  3. I don't know who Miss Dove is, but it certainly was a terrific moment for you! You are well and truly loved and appreciated, Mr. Gray.

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    1. It's a 1950s movie with Jennifer Jones deedles...look it up its a tearjerker

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    2. Thank you, John. I learn a lot reading your blog. I've heard of Jennifer Jones and most of her movies. Never heard of this one and I've only seen Towering Inferno. She was quite pretty.

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    3. You need to see her as Madame Bowery or radiant in the luminous Portrait of Jennie to see her at her finest. A truly underrated Hollywood star.

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  4. Very, very lovely. And deserved.

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  5. you DESERVE it, john! how nice!

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  6. It's heartwarming to see how cherished you are. - Mary

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  7. Well deserved, I'd say. Go, knock back a few, get jolly and enjoy yourself. Sounds like you could use a fun night out among friends.

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  8. Barbara Anne12:51 am

    Eat, drink, and be merry because you are well liked and cared about. You matter(to many other folks all over the planet, I might add)!

    Be good to you.

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  9. Well how about that?! An appreciation night and you aren't even leaving!

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    1. Kitty in the forest1:20 am

      Reminds me of Dad's Army - when Pike was called up. He didn't tell anyone he failed the medical because he wanted to have his going-away party!

      It's lovely though, and well deserved John.

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  10. How nice! The kidnap sounds fun.

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  11. What a lovely letter, and much nicer than just 'springing' it on you. After all, you might have been caught in your flip flops and oldest, most holey clothes! A much deserved accolade. I wish we blog-followers could organise a similar event.

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  12. If there is one thing this hard and difficult time has given to you, it is the sure and certain knowledge that you and your work are appreciated. And that is priceless.

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  13. I love this!
    What a pleasant way for him to let you know and personally I think the timing is excellent.
    Besitos

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  14. John, I'm so glad that the village recognizes what a force for good you are. All the times you 'big upped' the various clubs and events and Occasions, all the hours you have spent going round to neighbors, cleaning the church, curating the message board, the Flower Show, open days on your allotment, etc, etc. So happy that they appreciate you!

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  15. You are wonderful and live in a village that appreciates you.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

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  16. It feels good to be appreciated even though that was not why you got involved with things.

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  17. Now that is a wonderful invitation. Wear your VERY BEST Walking Dead T-shirt for such an occasion :)

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  18. You see; they do know you're indispensable.

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  19. Your village loves you, they're not going to let you go easily.

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  20. John, I am so, so pleased for you!

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  21. Enjoy it! Such a great idea.

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  22. How lovely indeed. Had to laugh at the idea of them kidnapping you! See how much you're loved and appreciated? xx

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  23. MaggieB7:27 am

    Lovely! Sooooooo, Yorkshireman or Welshman? I thought somebody else would have picked up on that before now.

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  24. To be appreciated by those who know you, speaks volumes as to your value to the people of Trelawnyd.

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  25. It speaks volumes.
    Greetings Maria x

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  26. Most deserved and I hope you will have a wonderful evening.

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  27. I would write back saying 'actually I quite fancy the kidnap idea ... '

    What a lovely letter to receive ♥️

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  28. What a well-put invitation - and how lovely to be recognised for all you have done for Trelawnyd.

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  29. Anonymous8:37 am

    Now that is a great letter to receive and a real ( and earned) tribute to you

    You simply cannot leave John
    Siobhan

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  30. I'm glad they ruled out surprises. Personally I feel very uncomfortable with surprises, however well-meaning and friendly. I always feel wrong-footed.

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  31. So are you staying in Trelawnyd now or are you still selling up?

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    1. I hope to stay, but lots to be sorted before that happens

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    2. Fingers crossed for you John, xx

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  32. Lovely yes but Brother Papworth has made a terrible and very ridiculous error. Though you lived in Yorkshire you are not in fact a Yorkshireman! You are as Welsh as an abandoned slate quarry in inclement weather.

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    1. An honoury Yorkshireman then

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    2. Okay we will grant you that having tended to the health needs of so many full-blood Yorkshire folk.

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  33. What a wonderful event for a wonderful person to celebrate with wonderful people!

    Wear your best flip flops! Perhaps those people can help you round up Irene. Or is she now just part of the horse herd? She seems to like the company!

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  34. You are a unique, special and well loved man, Mr Gray!

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  35. You totally belong in that place. The heart of the village.

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  36. They probably saw your flip flop flop and thought geez we better do something to cheer him up, he's trying to kill himself now, why else would he fling himself over a fence in flip flops? ;) Seriously, what a nice place you live in, treasure it, can't be many like it out there these days!

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  37. A lovely letter out of the blue
    And a night you can look forward to!

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  38. I bet you were so chuffed to receive such a lovely letter. If you stay - can we look forward to the Flower Show again next year?? Hope So.

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  39. Cheers! And enjoy.

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  40. No surprises? Not even a kiss-o-gram?

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  41. How sweet. You are deservedly loved and admired!

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  42. They love you too and no wonder. Hope you can stay

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  43. Nothing too elaborate. Charming!

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    1. Quite.

      Still, Ian clearly living up to his surname, John will get his pap's worth. And, for once not being the designated driver and in walking distance from home, he can even down a beer or two. As long as you don't slide into a ditch, John... You hear me?!

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  44. John, maybe you should set up a go fund me. We can all kick in the few bucks that we would have spent if this blog was a book. Then you can have a bit of a cushion to help you make choices.

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    1. Ps I’m not assuming your strapped for cash or anything, sorry if I’ve been clumsy.

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    2. Lol that's one way to make money.....I am skint but I'll survive xx

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  45. Love it! It's so great when people don't just talk about how they should do something nice for someone, but actually reach out and DO it! If we all did that, there would be a lot less loneliness and in the world...

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  46. how can you leave the village which appreciates you so much and on the other hand, how can you stay after all the lovely farewells?

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  47. Direct and to the point with no room for wiggle.

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  48. The underlying message: Please don't go.

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  49. Being appreciated is one of the nicest things in the world and this shows how much people think of you in the village. I think you should stay put, if you possibly can.

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  50. What a charming and thoughtful note from Ian, it shows how much the villagers care about you. Thank you for steering me towards 'Good morning, Miss Dove', just watched it on youtube. What a fabulous film.

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  51. That is just amazing and I so hope you can stay. All the best.

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  52. What a very kind gesture.
    Seriously though, if you can stay put good for you. If you cannot, at least you can move on knowing you made a lovely impact on the village.

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  53. Que Sera,sera-but it seems you belong there x

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  54. You`re simply the best,you deserve it:]

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  55. Lovely letter - well thought up and put together John.
    Absolutely no doubt that is well-deserved - accept and enjoy.

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  56. What a lovely invite and a well deserved one at that,
    hope you can stay in the village especially with your menagerie John.

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  57. Awww.... that is sooo nice!! Something about 'lifting you up' That must have given you a inner smile :)

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  58. So lovely John, you are so loved. I'm praying and keeping everything crossed you can stay:) xx

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  59. You are so beloved

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  60. They are grateful for having you being a part of their town and I am sure they will do anything to convince you to stay.

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  61. 84th comment. It is so nice that you are being given a send off, but really, shouldn't you stay? What does your ever wise sister think?

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    1. Oh in sure she has a great deal to say

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  62. I am happy they value you as much as your followers do!

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  63. Do you really have to go ? Couldn't you just sell and move somewhere else in the village ? It seems such a big thing to leave all your friends and neighbours at time when you could do with their support.

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