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Vic Smith 2020 Obit: Sheila Mainwaring (UK) (11) RE: Obit: Sheila Mainwaring 15 Jul 20

I also saddened by this announcement. Although I met her at festivals, our main contact was by email and mostly centred on the fact that we were both dance callers and both editors of local folk music magazines. I heard the news in a very moving message from the great fiddler Flos Headford:-
Dear friends of Sheila,
on the morning of the 12th, I was told of the death of Sheila Mainwaring, former editor of Shreds and Patches folk magazine, and renowned caller for ceilidhs and contra-dances.
I've been using the email addresses from one of her files. This could mean you receive an inappropriate message, or duplicates.
Over the past five years or so in her care home, her identity has gradually faded. On the evening of the 11th, she passed away.
Morris Care inform me that Telford & Wrekin Council's Safeguard Team have assumed responsibility, and have called in Harry Edwards & Sons, a local firm of Funeral Directors.
I got a phone call (from the council, I think) announcing that the funeral would take place at 12:30 on the 22nd, in the Wellington Burial Ground. There's no such place on the map, so I assume they mean All Saint's Cemetery.
Sheila wanted there to be no service of any description, nobody in black. Just the song "Fare You Well, My Dearest Dear", and a fiddle to play "Da Shlokicht Nicht". And, ideally, everyone to dress as clowns, get drunk and have a monster ceilidh.
How do I tell this to the self-appointed misbegottens?
I have had no request for instruction from Telford & Wrekin Council or Harry Edwards.
I hope this is the last mass-email I need to send: I am worn out.
P J Headford

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