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Colin Nicholls RIP

by Haddenham Webteam – 10th February 2023
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UPDATE: Here are the Thanksgiving Service details

24th February 2023 at St Mary's Church commencing at 2:15pm

If you are unable to come along in person, the service can be viewed online via Zoom. Here are the access details:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 892 5820 8231

Passcode: 615152


We are saddened to report the passing of Colin Nicholls.

Colin loved life in Haddenham and made it his home for close to 50 years, where he was perhaps best known for his pottery skills. Indeed, he has left a mark on the village through the many house name plaques and numbers that he made at Haddenham Pottery (from his garage in The Gables). Many local homes also have at least one of his trade mark jugs on a shelf somewhere.

Colin was born in Herefordshire close to the spectacular Welsh mountains and in his late teens went on to study pottery at King Alfred's College in Winchester.

He subsequently relocated to teach at John Hampden School in Thame in 1969 and joined the staff at Aylesbury College in 1971 where he taught pottery.

Colin was married to Sue and they brought up four children: Ian, Doug, Viv and Joy, who then brought a combined 10 grandchildren into his life.

Colin lost Sue to cancer in 1998 (there is a NHS building named after Sue Nicholls in Aylesbury) and was reunited with Gill, a friend from his student days, a few years later. They married in 2009.

Colin and Gill moved to Sark in the Channel Islands for a year in 2011 – a BBC documentary ("An Island Parish") was made about the island during that time, in which both Colin and Gill appeared.

Colin was a committed Christian and was involved in St Mary's Church for many years, making friends and connections that lasted a lifetime.

He will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

There will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Mary's Church at 2:15pm on Friday 24th February. All are welcome to join this celebration of Colin's life.

There will be refreshments in the church after an informal service. The family have asked for no flowers, but you can make a donations to the Florence Nightingale Hospice or Tiggiwinkles Wildlife Hospital if you wish.

And please don't feel obliged to wear black, Colin was a bright and cheerful person and a splash of colour would be welcome!

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