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Peggy settles into her new home

PUBLISHED: 19:00 31 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

AS she swaps the view of rolling countryside for a view of the house over the road, it is the beginning of a new era for Suffolk gardening expert Peggy Cole.

AS she swaps the view of rolling countryside for a view of the house over the road, it is the beginning of a new era for Suffolk gardening expert Peggy Cole.

After 40 years of living in the same house in peaceful Charsfield the 67-year-old has finally moved.

Sitting in her new bungalow in Melton she knows that life must go on – even though she has now left the house she loved.

A familiar face in the village, she had recently retired from the parish council after a 20-year stint.

Others may remember her for living in Kesgrave, Levington, Hoo or even Easton where she was born, as well as writing for the Evening Star's sister paper, the East Anglian Daily Times since 1984.

Gleaming trophy after trophy bears testimony to her expertise in the garden as around 60 of them gradually emerge from cardboard boxes ready to adorn shelves in her new home.

Peggy moved from her village council house on Thursday because her deteriorating health meant she no longer found it easy to climb the stairs.

She suffers with an ulcerated leg and arthritis, has had two knee replacements and is due for another replacement operation soon.

After her first night in her new home off Dock Lane she said: " It was nice that when I went to bed I did not have to climb the stairs."

No stranger to Melton, Peggy worked in the village at St. Audry's for nearly 20 years.

She said: "I like Melton and know a lot of people here.

"I am sure I will be OK here – there is no use coming here and feeling sad, I just have to get on with it.

Although her new garden is somewhat smaller than the one in Charsfield Peggy is not put off.

She said: "It is a nice little garden and I should be able to do something with it.

"It is nothing on the scale that I had before but I will be able to grow a few flowers."

Peggy is now scouring the countryside for a small greenhouse to help her cultivate some more plants after her own greenhouses proved too big to move.

Her old garden was open to the public for 26 years in aid of charity and Peggy also starred in the film Akenfield.

Now she is looking to the future in Melton, Peggy will always have fond memories of her old home.

Before she left she had a get together with her neighbours and she is also due to be given a presentation from the parish council on November 5.

But she will always be sad about the loss of village life.

She said: "It is so sad that everyone always has to move away.

"But people have to move to where there are shops such as Melton and Woodbridge."

However, Peggy knows that the countryside is not far away and if she ever feels the pangs, all she has to do is jump in her car and she is almost there.

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