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Family confirm they will not be reopening Woodies store in Netherfield following death of beloved owner

Chris Woodward was a much-loved member of the Netherfield community

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Many of our readers will have known Chris Woodward who passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 7 following a short illness.

Mr Woodward, who lived until he was 92, was a much loved member of the Netherfield Community and many will remember him from the famous ‘Woodies’ sign on Victoria Road that directed customers to his premises to the rear of the now vacant TSB bank in the town.

Woodies store sold everything from birdseed to picture frames when it was open every Thursday to Saturday without fail and his passing is a loss to a community that he was firmly at the heart of.

Chris operated his business for over 50 years and his original sign that was self made started to deteriorate over time. It was then that the Facebook group ‘Spotted by Netherfield’ donated a new one to the shop owner back in 2021.

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Pictured: Notice on Woodie’s Gate (Picture by Gedling Eye)

Chris was married to Peggy and locals will be happy to know that she is doing well during a difficult time for her and the family, as per a sign posted on the now closed Woodies.

Sadly ‘Woodies’ will not be re-opened.

Chris’s funeral will be held at 4.00pm on Wednesday February 15 at Gedling Crematorium, Catfoot Lane, Lambley, NG4 4QH.

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