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 …