Nicki Wilson Death, Obituary – Nicki Wilson passed away unexpectedly on December 31st, 2022, and the Kelvedon in Bloom crew wishes to express their deepest condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time. Lesley Hill, who founded the squad almost thirty years ago, passed the reins of leadership to Nicki after she had served as captain for more than five years. Nicki was in charge of placing the order for all of the plants that have become such a distinguishing characteristic of Kelvedon. She was also in charge of organizing the group of volunteers who were responsible for planting the numerous tubs, troughs, and “green areas” at Kelvedon Station and elsewhere in the village.
Nicki also organized a lot of events to earn money for KIB, including quizzes and plant sales, among other things. In addition to that, she managed to find time in her schedule to volunteer at St. Mary’s Church, where she participated in the church cleaning and flower arranging rotas. She was also responsible for organizing the popular plant stall at the yearly summer fete, during which she sold many of the plants that she had cultivated herself. She had a passion for baking, and her Christmas cakes were a hit at the Christmas Tree Festival that took place every year. In the past, when her children attended Kelvedon St. Mary’s Primary School, she became a member of the PTFA and, later on, a school governor at both that school and the Thurstable School in Tiptree.
This was done while her children were enrolled in those schools. In more recent years, she served as a trustee for the Kelvedon Institute, where she was instrumental in organizing the Friends of the Institute supper events and establishing the planted area at the back of the new, smaller auditorium. Nicki’s position as a volunteer puppy walker with Guide Dogs for the Blind was something that she felt a strong connection to on a personal level. A good number of you may remember seeing her stroll around the village with a puppy that was “being trained,” and she was always willing to stop and talk to people.
Nicki exemplified exceptional behavior throughout her entire life. We are all going to miss her very much, and she will be remembered for the amount of time that she devoted to assisting other people. On the Tuesday, the 24th of January 2022, at 1.30 p.m., there will be a ceremony held at St. Mary’s Church in Kelvedon to celebrate the life of Nicki. The family has extended an invitation to anyone who knew Nicki to come spend time with them and has asked that bright colors be worn.