FAMILY REUNION WAS JUST 'MIND-BOGGLING'

(MONDAY, JULY 18) MORE than 60 members of a Chinnor family were reunited in Henton last weekend.

Members of the Brazell family, who ran a number of shops in the area during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, flew from Canada and America to mark the event at The Peacock Hotel.

Paul Brazell, 49, who lives in Berlin, organised the reunion. He said: "It was a great event and everybody seemed to have a good time.

"We just sat and chatted, took photos, looked at old family photos and had dinner. It was all about getting to know each other. Those attending ranged from 88 years of age to just one month. The eldest, Gwendoline, who was born in Chinnor but now lives in Devon, had lots of memories of the old Brazells."

The family ran the post office in Kingston Blount until 1930 and also ran a number of shops in Chinnor including a drapers, a post office and general store, and a butchers shop. The Brazells also ran a grocery store in Bledlow.

Mr Brazell, who has traced his family back to 1613 when Brazells lived in Quarrendon, Aylesbury, said: "When my mother died four years ago she left a huge pile of family photos and my cousins and I spent ages looking through them and wondering who these people were.

"Seeing so many members of the family together in one place at the weekend was just mind-boggling. I couldn't take it in. I have been planning this reunion for three years and my mind just fused."

For more information please contact Mr Brazell on: info@brazell.net.