By ROBYN BRISTOW
Lindsay’s Place . Frances loves her new table.The Amberley Lions have turned the tables on brazen thieves who stole from an elderly Amberley Beach resident.
The club donated a wooden picnic table to 84-year-old Frances Haywood on Monday to replace one stolen from the beach at the back of her property, following the recent Amberley Lions Surfcasting competition.
Frances says the fuss since the table was stolen has put her in more of a whirl than its disappearance, and points her finger firmly at her wonderful neighbour Sian Carson, who took to Facebook to alert the community to the theft.
“I just can’t believe this is happening,” she says of her new table. “When it disappeared I said to myself ‘it’s just a table, get a life’.
“And then the Lions stepped in. The table was old and bent, and now this,” says Frances, rubbing her hands over the table and a plaque dedicating it to the memory of her late husband, Lindsay.
The table was built by president James Drewery with timber donated by Goldpine. It was spruced up thanks to the generosity of a local retail sales woman who dipped into her pocket to pay for stain. Canterbury Engraving came to the party to ensure the Lindsay’s Place plaque, which featured on the original table, was restored to its rightful place.
Frances says she and her husband enjoyed many happy hours sitting at the table they bought when they arrived at the property about 25 years ago.
Lindsay died in 2005 and she had the plaque engraved in memory of him and the many happy hours they spent sitting at the table enjoying the view and each other’s company.
It has been a special place for her ever since – one where Frances goes to “growl at him”, tell him something has gone wrong, or inform him he is “missing a lovely day, sweetie”.
Neighbour Sian says most property- owners have a table at the back of their properties on the beach front.
“We are happy to share with the public. But who would just take it, especially when it is so obviously a tribute to somebody’s loved one,” she says in her Facebook post.
Mr Drewery says the Lions acted on hearing about the theft and the club was grateful for the support from the community and businesses in helping restore Frances’s special place.