Bill Crabtree, 1924 – 2023

A man sitting at a table in front of a birthday cake

Sibfordians will be sad to hear of the death last week at age 99 of Bill Crabtree, local keeper of bees and geese, prize-winning shepherd, fount of knowledge on all things apple – and much more.

The funeral service is at Banbury Crematorium on Friday 22nd December 2023 at 12 noon. Barbara tells us that there is no need for formal funeral dress.

Bill requested no flowers – he would rather you made a donation to the Countryside Preservation Trust. To make a donation, or leave your own tribute to Bill, please visit

There will be a reception after the funeral at The Moon and Sixpence, Hanwell.

For more information, please contact Sue Sabin at