Memorial well to be set up to honour Honiton woman

PUBLISHED: 14:27 12 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:27 12 September 2014

Hilary Edwards.

Hilary Edwards.


A Honiton woman is to be honoured with a special memorial that will help to improve the lives of people in an African village.

A well is to be set up in the village of Sikaunzwe in memory of Hilary Edwards, who passed away in 2012.

John Edwards, Trevor Millman, Jeremy Gibson and Norman Amey from The Community Church, Honiton, joined by Hilary’s son Simon, will be travelling to the village in southern Zambia this month to progress the drilling project and observe the drilling of a water borehole.

Some members of the group have already travelled out to Sikaunzwe.

A spokesman for the group said: “It will be a tribute to a remarkable lady.”

In 2010, a team from the church went out to Zambia to serve two churches there, one in the city of Livingstone and the other in Sikaunzwe, through various projects to provide support and training and to repair borehole pumps that had been installed by an international charity.

Hilary, who was a classroom assistant at Littletown Primary Academy at the time, worked with the women - addressing child care and particularly play activities - and was always surrounded by a crowd of laughing children.

The spokesman added: “She came to deeply love them, and hoped to return one day. Sadly that was not to be. The question arose as to how to celebrate her life. Her husband John and family, knowing of the need for more wells in Sikaunzwe, decided to start a collection to raise funding for the project. Gifts from various friends and the proceeds of two ballroom dancing events organised by John and his dancing friends have accumulated sufficient money for drilling to go ahead.”

An American mission group, who drill wells in Zambia, are providing the equipment and the expertise.

It is hoped that within three weeks clean water will be provided to the village.

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