Rosanne Birch, who placed a message in the classified section of Cambridge News recently, is delighted to report that she found her friend, Cambridge local Judy Tod.
Judy had once lived near Rosanne, a Nelson local, and became good friends. When she moved to Cambridge to be closer to family, the pair kept in touch over the years with annual Christmas card catch-ups.
“We remembered each other’s birthdays and always wrote an update of the past year at Christmas,” explained Rosanne. “Well, this last Christmas, no card from Judy. I didn’t ‘cotton-on’ until recently when I was putting the cards away, I immediately rang her and a voice told me the number was now invalid.
“Panic set in because I did not know her daughters’ names, however I was sure she had a son who lived nearby. So I ‘Googled’ the surname, as it is uncommon with only one D, and thought I’d struck oil when up came only one Tod amongst a host of Todd’s. I phoned the number and the lady was lovely but did not know Judy. She suggested I contact the Cambridge News.”
Since posting a message in our paper asking Cambridge locals to help her get in touch with Judy, Rosanne has received five emails from people with Judy’s contact details.
“On Friday last we were back in touch,” said Rosanne. “I am one extremely happy person and I thank the person who suggested I contact you (Cambridge News) profusely.”
We too tracked down Judy, too, and she said she was delighted and grateful to be back in touch with her friend and has been surprised by the response.
“I’ve been inundated with calls, a huge response.” Judy said. “We have a friendship that spans 25 years.”
Judy explained that she was busy moving house last year, and didn’t get the chance to correspond with Rosanne. She was very grateful to be back in touch. “It was a most successful and wonderful tribute to our friendship, and your newspaper,” she told us.