Jennifer Buxton Rms Rip

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

JENNIFER BUXTON, RMS - RIP

Date: 9th December 2017

Jennifer Buxton RIP

I am a self confessed romantic and hoarder and find it very difficult to throw away correspondence - that was in the days when people actually wrote letters not emails.

I’m intending to move and although I’m not exactly downsizing, my prospective new abode has far less storage space than the spacious flat I occupy at present. Months ago I began my attempt to ‘clear out and throw away’ much of my accumulated paperwork. The task is proving next to hopeless as I can’t just throw away a pile of papers without looking through them.

Today I came across a stash of letters over 30 years old which had been written to me after I was mugged within the old Television Centre in February 1987. Needless to say I’ve discarded very few.

Coincidence is an odd thing because only recently I was thinking about a delightful woman I met and interviewed when I had my own programme at HTV in Bristol. It’s title ‘Women Only’ wasn’t very imaginative but it became popular enough to be syndicated round the regions for many years. One of my guests was Artist and Miniaturist Jennifer Buxton who executed a miniature on ivory of myself and also others of my pets at the time - a lovely Apricot Standard Poodle called Fleur and a cheeky black miniature poodle, Sheba. Jennifer captured theirs and my likeness superbly. When I look at Fleur and Sheba, I can almost stroke them such is the execution of Jennifer’s craft.

In the pile of letters was one from Jennifer and I decided to look her up on the Internet. So sad to discover that she died in January this year and delighted to see that she had given great support to the Brooke Sanctuary which looks after Horses, Donkeys etc in the East where they not only care for them but educate their owners so that the result would be reciprocal - a better life for the animals and a longer working life for their owners. Earlier this year I took part in a “Money for Nothing’ programme. The money raised was small but I donated it to the Brooke in the hope that the TV exposure would heighten their profile and thus further their cause.

I’m so sorry Jennifer and I never met again after my HTV Days but was delighted to read in what high esteem she has been held by the Art World and particularly the World of Miniaturists. 

JENNIFER BUXTON, RMS - RIP

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