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Commemorative throne built for "cherished" childminder Sherill Grigg

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

By Emily Machin

Sherrill's grandchildren Amber, Tamzin and Tia with the 'throne' made by Luke Ellis at St Edwards First School in Cheddleton.

Sherrill's grandchildren Amber, Tamzin and Tia with the 'throne' made by Luke Ellis at St Edwards First School in Cheddleton.

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A WOODEN throne has been built for a village school in memory of a "cherished" childminder.

The chair has been built for St Edward's First School in Hollow Lane, Cheddleton, in honour of the late Sherrill Grigg, who was a childminder at the school for 30 years.

Sherrill passed away from cancer in March following a four-year battle.

The throne, built and donated by Luke Ellis, of Churnet Valley Garden Furniture, took a day to make out of pressure treated, Scandinavian red wood.

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It has been placed in the gardens where the school grows vegetables, with pink and purple flowers which Sherrill loved.

Mr Ellis, aged 33, from Oak Avenue, Cheddleton, said: "My mother Jane Edwards was friends with Sherrill.

"My memories of her from when I was younger are filled with her and my mother going out on a Friday night and Sherrill wearing feathered clothes. Sherrill stood out with her wacky, pink hair.

"Another memory was her and my mother walking me to school."

St Edward's First School headteacher Tracy Jackson-Ward said: "I've been head of the school for 10 years, and can remember Sherrill bringing and collecting the children every day.

"She was kind, caring, and considerate to all of those that were around her.

"We thought it was important to have a tribute to Sherrill and that it would be fitting for her character to have a throne close to all the things that she loved, which were flowers and the children.

"Sherrill Grigg was a big part of the community and will be missed by everyone."

Natasha Grayson, Sherrill's daughter, added: "Many thanks to Luke Ellis at Churnet Valley Garden Furniture for this beautiful chair so that mum will be remembered for a very long time."

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