Chichester Lions’ donation to County Record Office

RESEARCH books have been donated to the County Record Office in memory of a Chichester Lions member.

The club purchased £500 worth of books for the record office in memory of Viv Hodnett, who died last year.

Members said they wanted to make a donation in her memory to something very important and close to her.

“Viv worked for many years in the County Record Office helping families who wished to research their family history,” said Corina Hall, from the club.

“This was more than a paid job for Viv who just loved the work and helping the public.”

Club president Brian Attfield, together with Viv’s husband Des Hodnett, her daughter and grandson and numerous Chichester Lions and friends paid tribute to the life and work of Viv.

The books purchased will be used by the record office and available to members of the public.

Viv started working for West Sussex County Council when she was 17 years old.

In 1968, she joined her husband overseas and when she returned there was not a vacancy in the Record Office.

In 1987, a job became available and Viv stayed until she retired in 2007.

Much of the work Viv was involved in is still being used today.