Book of Remembrance of


Nigel Pickering

Nigel, much loved family man and Malmesbury GP, passed away peacefully at home on 14th of January 2021. This has been an opportunity for those who worked with him, or were cared for by him as a patient, or who just knew him as a friend, to record their memories and thoughts. We were all lucky to have known him and to have had him in our lives.


If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin,

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

                                                                                     Emily Dickinson


All nature has a feeling: woods, fields, brooks

Are life eternal; and in silence they

Speak happiness beyongd the reach of books;

There’s nothing mortal in them; their decay

Is the green life of change; to pass away

And come again in blooms revivified.

It’s birth was heaven, eternal in its’ stay,

And with the sun and moon shall still abide

Beneath their day and night and heaven wide.

                                                                            John Clare

Book Owner: John Pettit
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Holly Owen

I did not know Dr Pickering, but I send my well wishes to his family. I hope that because of his legacy, you aren’t just left with feelings of sadness now. …


Anna Le

22nd April 2021   Dear Nigel,  I am so saddened that you are gone. But I know you are up somewhere in the sky watching over us with a paint brush and your big grin.  You were a giant of a human being, a true gentleman who was kind, thoughtful and caring. Behind that …


Heather Knibb

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Dr Nigel Pickering.  He was a super doctor & a lovely man – always smiling & cheerful.My most abiding memory of him, is when he calmly & reassuringly sat opposite me in the ambulance, as I was rushed from Malmesbury Cottage Hospital in September …


Louise Mann

Just stumbled across this news. Very sad to read this.  Have very fond memories of Dr Pickering during my time working for this surgery. Always very patient focused, always had a smile on his face when knocking on his door to ask something of him. Condolences to the family. He will be missed x  …


Marion Thornbury

What a nice and gentle man he was. He was always lovely to us. …


Judith Fooks


Eunice Raymont


Caty and David Tappin

Nigel was a wonderful GP – kind, thorough, personable and calm. When we moved to Sherston in 1994 we heard that he was a fantastic family doctor and this was always our experience. Over the years he provided us with excellent advice. In particular, after the birth of our second child, David explained we …


Ian and Lynne Robinson

We met Nigel shortly after he joined the surgery and knew at once that we jellied and as such he was our chosen GP until his retirement. He was so easy to talk to, friendly, understanding, and knowledgeable that we considered him a friend and our GP. We were devastated when we heard he …


Janet and Bob Bacon

Nigel was our GP for 27 years. He was a wonderful caring man and also a work colleague at Malmesbury Hospital. A true gentleman and a wonderful human being. We send our deepest condolences to his family at this time. Janet and Bob Bacon …


Nick Walker

So sad to hear of Nigel’s death, but so nice to read from these many condolences that he was so clearly well regarded and that he made such a contribution to your community. I recognise many of the personal qualities and strengths described from the 3 years that I knew him as a fellow …


Denise Richards

I was deeeply said to hear that Nigel Pickering had passed away, far too soon.  Nigel was a caring man and an excellent GP.  He supported and guided me over twenty very difficult years.  Nigel always attended my care plan meetings at Rowden Hill House; the CMHT said it was unusual for a GP …


Jeremy, Melanie, Tom and Daisy Newman.

How incredibly sad it was to learn of Dr Nigel’s passing. Not only was he an extremely caring and knowledgable doctor that we’ve all benefited from but an absolute gentleman out of hours also. We shared many moments watching our boys play cricket for Malmesbury and our sincere condolences go out to Tom and …


Graham & Mel Shute

I remember the first time I met Nigel, I’d popped into see “mum” along St John Street. I was surprised to see a young couple sat in her lounge. “This is Nigel & Janet Pickering” she exclaimed they are moving in next door. From that day on Nigel became very much part of our …


Mary leonard

One of the best G.Ps I have worked with an inspirational doctor …


Jane Plummer

It was a privilege to know and work with Dr Pickering at Malmesbury hospital. Thoughts are with Janet and the family. …


Ellie Crabb

Dr Pickering was instrumental in saving my life on 2 occasions, when few, including myself, realised how deep the wounds really went.  The kindness and compassion this man showed will always remain with me. What a wonderful man! My thoughts, prayers and love are with his family. …


Nicola Goodwill

My thoughts are with Nigel’s family at this time and the sad loss of an amazing man. My connection with Nigel was through Malmesbury branch of Parkinson’s which Nigel kindly supported for many years. His calm and supportive nature and of course his broad smile will be missed by me and so many. …


Renee Ferguson

I came to live in Malmesbury in 1988 and was registered with the surgery the following year. Nigel was my GP who helped me deal with my chronic illness and subsequent heart and lung transplant in 1995. He was such a professional, caring and gentle man who was there to reassure me  in the …


David Grogan

A very sad loss. Nigel was such a lovely caring and positive GP and work colleague. It was a real honour and pleasure to have worked with him for so many years. A true Gent. Patients and staff alike adored him, so much so it was always a struggle to redirect some of them …

Dave Grogan

Malmesbury Parkinson's Branch

Doctor Nigel Pickering took over as President of Malmesbury & District Parkinson’s Branch from Doctor Mike Brummit in 1997, continuing until he had to resign due to ill health. Nigel chaired the branch AGM every year, and the branch was well known for completing the meetings in record time! The AGMs will not be …


Gerry Ward ( O’Brien)

Such fond memories of Nigel, he was a wonderful GP and a great colleague to work with. I will always remember his kindness and support when I went through a difficult time in my personal life. My elderly Mum will be forever grateful to him for the care and understanding he extended to her …


Nigel & Lyn Higginbottom

We knew Nigel Pickering as a doctor for mnay years, he was always so kind, caring and helpful. During difficult times for our family he was compassionate and understanding He will be missed by all who knew him …


Donna Rawlings

To my daughter, now 17 years old and a strapping 6 foot tall, he was and still is Dr Picklebotty. He was the perfect combination of kind and knowledgeable that you hope for in a Doctor, we were very sad when he retired and even more so to hear of his passing. Sending our …


Kate Badcock

Nigel was special. David Charles and I knew that when he came for interview in 1987.  He  proved it a few months later, when before he had even started, he easily accepted that, rather than being part of a 3 partner practice in small premises, he was to become part of a 7 partner …