DVD is hand-delivered to New Zealand

Parish councillor Rodger Doughty hand-delivers the book on Heckington to Heather McWilliam in New Zealand
Parish councillor Rodger Doughty hand-delivers the book on Heckington to Heather McWilliam in New Zealand

A DVD on the history of Heckington has been hand-delivered to a Sleaford-born woman who now lives in New Zealand.

Heather McWilliam, a school teacher in Whangarei got in touch with the Heckington Village Trust about a DVD it produced on the village in 1951.

It had been transcribed from old 8mm cine film donated to the trust by a woman whose husband, in association with a local farmer, had done a number of films in that era.

It turned out that Heather is the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of the one time owner of Heckington Mill, Sleightholme Nash.
Luckily for Heather, parish councillor Rodger Doughty was already planning to visit New Zealand and offered to hand-deliver the DVD.

Heather’s mum worked as a nurse at Rauceby Hospital in the 1950s and they moved to the Antipodes in 1959 when Heather was a baby.
A spokesman for the trust said: “The Trust is very grateful for the generous donation that Heather sent via Rodger and are also grateful to Rodger for taking time out from his holiday to act as courier and representative for the Trust.”