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The President and Executive of the National Association of Tangent Clubs would like to offer their condolences to the families and friends of those members included below. They and their fellow Club members are in our thoughts at this sad time.

Please write or email information about your obituaries to the National Editor. Written obituaries will be put on the website and the name and club of your member who has passed will be included in the following edition of  Tangent News. If you wish to include a picture in an obituary please email a suitable photograph to [email protected]

Please note that if you include the date that your member passed away the record will be included in that month, otherwise they will be entered in the month the information is received.

  • Anne Marfleet – Belper Tangent 183

Belper Tangent 183 sadly report the death of our member and five times chairman Anne Marfleet.

  • Margaret Parker – Northallerton and Thirsk 107

Northallerton and Thirsk 107 sadly report the death of our member and chairman 1986 – 1987 Margaret Parker

  • Avril Tweedie – Dundee Tayside Tangent 438

Dundee Tayside Tangent 438 sadly report the death of our member Avril Tweedie on 12th February 2017

  • Gwen Masterson – Formby Tangent

Formby Tangent sadly report the death of our senior member Gwen Masterson

  • Geraldine (Gerry) Carter – Rugeley & District Tangent 319

Rugeley & District Tangent 319 sadly report the death of our founder member Geraldine (Gerry) Carter

  • Liz Brown – Weston-super-Mare Tangent 214

Weston-super-Mare Tangent 214 sadly report the death of our  member Liz Brown

  • Carole Schofield – Thornton Cleveleys Tangent 317

Thornton Cleveleys Tangent 317 are sad to announce the sudden death of our treasurer Carole Schofield 3.8.1941 to 28.1. 2017. She joined Ladies Circle in 1963 and was an active member of Circle and Tangent holding many positions of office both locally and in Area 35.
Married to Lee who died in 2015, she had two daughters Amanda and Heidi and eleven grandchildren who were her love and her joy. Carole was a keen golfer and even after her cancer returned she refused to let it limit her. Our lasting memory is of a very vibrant, positive lady, always smiling despite adversity. We shall miss her.

  • Doreen Thomas- Todmorden Tangent 244

Todmorden Tangent 244 sadly report the death of our member Doreen Thomas

  • Barbara Finney – Todmorden Tangent 244

Todmorden Tangent 244 sadly report the death of our member Barbara Finney

  • Nina Taylor – Chepstow and District 628

Chepstow and District 628 sadly report the death of our member  Nina Taylor

  • Joan Oldfield – Ripon Tangent 267

JOAN OLDFIELD (1926-2016)

Joan was a valued member of Ripon Tangent 267 from 1976. She was chair in 1998-99. Joan was also a past Ladies Circle National President .

Joan lived life to the full, as well as being a very active Tangent member she belonged to many other clubs and associations.
A kind, loving, selfless lady, Joan was always there to listen and support. She was interested in everyone and everything, as well as being a very interesting lady herself.
Her smile would light up any room and her quiet, gentle ways would spread a lovely warm glow and calmness over proceedings.
She will be truly missed by everyone who knew her.

  • Jacky Wood – Bognor Regis and Chichester Tangent Club 394

Bognor Regis and Chichester Tangent Club 394 sadly report the death of our member  Jacky Wood

  • Mollie Davey – Bognor Regis and Chichester Tangent Club 394

Bognor Regis and Chichester Tangent Club 394 sadly report the death of our member Mollie Davey

  • Jane Ann Bennett –  Newbury Tangent 287

Newbury Tangent sadly announce the death of Jane Bennett (12th January 1936-10th November 2016). She was a brave lady, and despite her illness, always had a smile!
She was always interested in others, and had been very active, enjoying the game of golf.
Our sympathies are extended to John and his family.

  • Olwen Rowley – Brierley Hill Tangent Club 156

Olwen Rowley 14th April 1931 to 3rd November 2016

A well loved and committed member of Brierley Hill 156 Tangent Club who will be dearly missed. A very helpful and kind person who was rarely without a smile. Thank you for your love, friendship and company over many years Olwen from Brierley Hill Members.

  • Mary Tompkinson -Stockton-On-Tees and District Tangent Club 479

It is with great sadness that Stockton-On-Tees and District Tangent Club 479 announce the death of our friend and member Mary Tompkinson on 6th November 2016. We will miss her.

  •  Betty Gough – Keynsham and District Tangent Club No 104

It is with such sadness that we have to report that Betty passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday 19th November 2016. Betty had been lost to us for over two years and it saddened us all to watch her decline.Betty joined Keynsham and District Ladies Circle No 287 in February 1961 and was inspired upon leaving Circle to form our Tangent Club and be our founder Chairman in 1967-1968.

At our AGM in 2014 we made Betty a life honorary member of our club as a mark of the deep admiration, love and respect that we all had for her and the support she always gave the club and its members.

Betty was a very caring and lovely lady and will be greatly missed by the many friends she made during her time in both clubs and our sincere sympathies go to her children and grandchildren.

  • Elsie Tomlinson – Ripley 158

Ripley 158 are sorry to announce the death of their longstanding honorary member Elsie Tomlinson who died at the age of 102 in the Meadows Nursing home Alfreton.

Elsie and her husband Sid ran the Holly Bush Inn where many 41 club and Tangent meetings and meals were held during their tenancy.

  • Georgie Wilson – East Kilbride and District Tangent 451

East Kilbride and District Tangent 451 sadly report the death of our member Georgie Wilson

  • Pat Brudenell – Wallington and Carshalton Tangent 898

Wallington and Carshalton Tangent 898 sadly report the death of our member Pat Brudenell

  • Isobel Reid – Brampton, Longtown and Border Tangent

Brampton, Longtown and Border Tangent sadly report the death of our member Isobel Reid on 12th October 2016

  • Anne Alexander – Holywood Tangent
Anne Alexander

Anne Alexander

Anne Alexander who has died aged 66, married Dennis in 1969, she became actively involved in the family clothing and retailing business in management and as a fashion buyer
An active supporter of Cancer Research and Christian Aid charities, Anne was also a member of the local church choir. A most engaging and popular member Anne served in various roles and was Chair in both Cookstown Ladies Circle and latterly in Holywood Ladies Tangent.
Anne and Dennis have three sons, Gary, Keith and Peter and are blessed with six grandchildren.
Anne Alexander, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, born 3 August 1949 and died 6 July 2016. Sadly missed by us all.

 

 

 

  • Maureen (Mo) Davies – Welshpool Tangent 345

Welshpool Tangent sadly report the death of our member Maureen Davies “Mo”.

  • Jenny Over – Camberley Tangent 277

Camberley Tangent 277 sadly report the death of our member Jenny Over.

  • Mary Watson – High Wycombe Tangent 

Mary Watson aged 60 passed away peacefully at home with her husband John and her sons close by on 4 September 2016 after a short battle with cancer. A past President of High Wycombe Tangent whose members miss her fun and friendship.

  • Jean Bailey -Harpenden Tangent

Harpenden Tangent regret to inform you that member Jean Bailey passed away on 27th August 2016.  Jean had been a member of Harpenden Tangent since 1985 having transferred from Alsager Tangent.  During this time she held many positions including Treasurer, Secretary and then Chairman in 1990-91.  As someone who was always ready to help and support everything she sill be sadly missed.

  • Ann Brambley – Camberley Tangent 277

Camberley Tangent 277 sadly report the death of our club president Ann Brambley.

  • Isobel Money – Dereham Tangent 791

Isobel passed away peacefully at home on July 29th after a short battle with motor neurone disease, aged 63 years. Married to George, Isobel had moved to Dereham in recent years, and leaves her husband, daughters Anna, Jennie and Jayne, step-children Gavin and Kate and grandchildren.
Isobel had been a member and chairman of Lowestoft Ladies Circle, which unfortunately has since folded, Area 51 Chairman 1992-93 and Ladies Circle National Sales Officer. In recent years Isobel had joined Dereham Tangent meeting up with many of us who had known her from her Circle days.
Isobel was a lovely and fun-loving lady who will be missed by all of us.

  • Helen Hamilton – Burntisland 888

To Our Friend Helen.

It’s time to say goodbye the noo!
We will always remember the times we were fu!
Of love, laughter, folly & va va voom
Your lovely smile lit up every room.

Your fun and affection inspired us all
From a tangent lunch to a circle ball
Our time together was far too short
And you are alway in our hearts and thoughts.

Our dearest Helen
Dasvidaniya. Au Reviour. Ta Leme

  • Jill Baker – Ashby-de-la-Zouch 416

Jill was a member of Ashby-de-la-Zouch Ladies Circle, having lived in the town most of her life. A keen past chairman, she joined Tangent and was a very valued member holding the post of secretary and was chairman twice. She was instrumental in raising money for the haemophilia society, in memory of husband Ron. They both died too soon and Jill will be sadly missed by all who knew her, especially daughters, Heather and Dawn, grandson Christopher and granddaughter Martha.

  • Kathleen Keighley – Haworth and District Tangent

Haworth and District Tangent sadly report the death of our member Kathleen Keighley (8th August 1930- 4th July 2016)

  • Betty Craddock – Walsall Tangent 9

Walsall Tangent 9 sadly report the death of our Member Betty Craddock

  • Pam Smart – Newbury Tangent 287

It is with great sadness that Newbury Tangent 287 announce the death of our much loved member Pam Smart on 10th July 2016.

Pam was Chairman of Newbury Tangent from 1999-2000. She was a great supporter of many local charities, and always thought of others.
We will miss a dear friend, who had a heart of gold.
Our thoughts go out to John and all the family.

  • Betty Kirkham – Minehead 216

Minehead 216 sadly report the death of our member Betty Kirkham

  • Judith Lindsay –  Aylesbury Tangentptu9zdtr

Judith Lindsay – 7th November 1944- 20th June 2016.

It is difficult to capture in words how much members of Aylesbury Tangent were shocked at the loss of Judith, a truly dedicated member of the club who gave her utmost at all times. Over 228 people were seated at her funeral and at least 78 standing.

Judith and her husband Brian were a perfect match. They met at the Young Conservative Club and literally built their home together in Aylesbury. There they had two children Katie and Stewart and five beautiful granddaughters Isabel, Lucy-May, Hannah- Maria, Alice and Emma. Her family and friends were Judith’s love and joy. The girls all gave truly touching tributes to their wonderful Nanna a very brave thing for them all to do and they were word perfect. She has instilled in them her zest for life and love of dancing.

Aylesbury Ladies Circle and Round Table gave them both the socialising they enjoyed. No event was without this popular couple. Judith’s talent made her a natural choice to choreograph the routines for many a club meeting performed throughout world from Hong Kong to Europe or within Aylesbury.

A popular Chairman of both Tangent and Ladies Circle, she was known for her smile, humour, style and grace. Always immaculate she would have been pleased to have just visited the hairdresser before she went into hospital. An excellent cook she held the title amongst her friends as “the sticky toffee pudding queen.” She was an avid traveller (a separate wardrobe was set aside for her cruising outfits). This’s year was Judith and Brian’s 49th wedding anniversary and a family cruise was planned. Unfortunately Brian will still go but without his soulmate, her unexpected death was something nobody could foresee. When somebody dies before we are expecting it is the worst kind of surprise.

Judith herself would say she was blessed. We were all blessed to know her.

  • Gwenda May Marsden – Haworth and District Tangent

Haworth and District Tangent sadly report the death of our member Gwenda May Marsden (28th October 1928 – 11th May 2016)

  • Shirley Griffiths -Aylesbury Tangentlm2bbniv

Shirley Griffiths late member of Aylesbury Tangent died after a short illness on 19th of May 2016. Shirley was so much to so many. A wonderful wife to Brian mother to the late Peter, Jeremy and Sue . Shirley was a popular and efficient Chairman of Tangent on two occasions. We shall all miss her greatly.

  • Jill Smallwood –  Erdington 100

Erdington 100 sadly report the death of our member Jill Smallwood

  • Aileen Channon – Erdington 100

Erdington 100 sadly report the death of our member Aileen Channon

  • Meryll Jones – Clevedon & District
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    Meryll Jones

Clevedon & District are very sad to report the passing of Meryll Jones on the 24th May. Meryll had been Chairman of Clevedon Circle and Tangent clubs as well as taking on various other committee posts over the years. She loved Tangent and was a staunch supporter of everything we did even after she became too ill to come to meetings. Her husband Jim sadly passed away last year; they were a great double act, very sociable and always ready for a party. For many years they were regulars at National Conference, enjoying the fun and fancy dress, and were extremely popular with everyone they met.
Meryll was a warm, friendly and caring person; she took a great interest in our families and always wanted to know what the children and grandchildren were doing. She loved meeting new people and getting to know new Circlers and Tablers. Everyone loved her and she will leave a huge hole in our club.

  • Sue John – Northfleet (Gravesham) Tangent

Northfleet (Gravesham) Tangent were sorry to lose one of their members, Sue John, on Saturday 28 May.   Sue was our Chairman in 2012/13 and was one of the liveliest of our members.   She was suddenly diagnosed with a brain tumour in the Summer of last year taking her away from our meetings – she was greatly missed at a local Quiz Night which we attend occasionally particularly for her great knowledge of music.   Our thoughts are constantly with her family – husband Trevor, daughter Abby, son-in-law David and grand-children Joseph, Jessica and Isabelle

  • Alison Burt – Westerham 739

It is with great sadness that Westerham Tangent 739 share the sad news that Alison Burt passed away on 4th April 2016. Alison was a founder member of Westerham Ladies Circle and a founder member of Westerham Tangent. Alison was an amazing cook; she and her sister Kate ran a restaurant in Westerham for a number of years, husband Peter was an week-end wine waiter.

This restaurant served Sunday teas for many months as a fund-raising exercise for Westerham Ladies Circle.

Alison and Peter were great hosts and Westerham Tangent and partners enjoyed many of their social gatherings. Westerham members have many happy memories of New Year parties which Alison hosted and organised with ease!

She was a warm, funny and generous lady; innovative and imaginative in fundraising circles, and enormously popular with those with whom she came into contact.

Alison had a number of roles within the community of Westerham, including being a very valuable member of the Hospice in the Weald fund-raising committee

Alison will be sorely missed in our community and we send our condolences to husband Peter and all her family.

  • Joyce Whittaker – Cross Hills and District Tangent 838

Joyce Whittaker died suddenly, aged 94, in hospital on the 25th of March after a fall at her home. Joyce was a founder member of our club and has been our Honorary Member for a few years
now and continued to come to meetings up to quite recently.
When she decided that meetings, especially evening meetings, were too much for her we made a point of visiting her regularly. She entertained us with her fantastic memory. She continued
to complete a newspaper crossword until she went into hospital.

  • Angela Reed – Liskeard and Looe Tangent 737

Angela joined circle in 1981 and at the age of 64 was still an honorary member with them as well as a very active member of Tangent.

She had always been very passionate about both organisations and together with husband John being in Table and 41 club made many lifelong friends.

  • Midge (Margaret) Benton – Albrighton & District 420

Albrighton and District 420 Tangent sadly report the death of our long standing and greatly respected member Margaret (Midge) Benton.

Midge was the founder member of Albrighton Tangent in January 1977 having previously been very active in Ladies Circle at local and Area level for many years. She was also Chairman in 1987-88 and 1995-96.

Midge was enthusiastic about everything connected with Tangent and Ladies Circle and the fellowship was important to her. She has always been very keen to play her part both in Albrighton and Bridgnorth; she rarely missed a meeting and frequently attended joint and Area meetings.  Midge’s knowledge of the running and rules of Tangent were excellent and we frequently referred to her for advice.

Midge filled her life with many interests and always ready to participate and to share and offer help in any way she could.

Midge was very caring and was greatly respected by her wide circle of friends. She was interesting and knowledgeable with an enthusiasm for life which was an example to us all.

Midge was a very brave lady who will be sorely missed.

  • Mary Barton (formerly Mary Cole)– Harwich

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Mary Barton.

Mary was founder member of Harwich Ladies Circle and was Chairman and Area Chairman in 1958-59. Her lasting legacy to Area 31 was the Mary Cole Trophy whereby Circles within Area 31 compete against each other which over the years has included anything from baking cakes, tiddlywinks to making cocktails. These events were always lots of fun. She was also a founder member of Harwich Tangent and was Chairman in the 1970’s.

Our thoughts are with Mary’s family at this sad time.

  • Cicely Johnson – Weston-super-Mare 314

Weston-super-Mare 314 regret to announce the death of Cicely Johnson. Cicely was one of the Founder Members of Weston-super-Mare Tangent and she passed away very suddenly at the beginning of February.

  • Winifred Mitchell – Amersham 68

It is with much regret that Amersham 68 announce the death of Winifred Mitchell on 15 February 2016. Winifred was a past member of Amersham Tangent and Chairman 1979-1980. She celebrated her 90th birthday in June, and although she had left Tangent some years ago, she was in regular touch with several of our members. Prior to moving to the area, she had lived in the Derby area where she had been in Ladies Circle. She will be much missed and our thoughts are with her family.

  • Dorothy Felstead – Hutton & Shenfield 666

Hutton & Shenfield Tangent 666 regret to report the sad death of Dorothy Felstead, who was a founder member of our Tangent. Dorothy was 79 and had suffered with bad health for many years, but she was a fighter and we all hoped that she would fight again this time; but it was not to be. Dorothy will be missed and all our thoughts are with Peter her husband, her children, Hilary, Jackie, and Andrew and all her grandchildren

  • Hazel McCall –  Pinner 171
  • Pauline Peart – Durham 391

It is with much regret that Durham Tangent No 391 report the death of long serving member, Pauline Peart on Friday 5th February 2016.  Pauline was a much loved and talented member and will be greatly missed.

  • Ann Markley – Bletchley 111

It is will great sadness that Bletchley Tangent 111 report the death of Ann Markley.
She joined Circle in 1972, & was Chairman in 1979/80 Ann was always willing to help & was a stickler for making sure that everything was done correctly. Ann supported all main events, Area & International, and whilst in Tangent was our national delegate for many years.
She is survived by her husband Rod who together worked as National Editor for Tangent News  for many years.
She will be sadly missed.  Our thoughts go out to Rod & their family.

  • Freddie Keey – Thornbury 400

It is with great sadness that Thornbury Tangent announces the death of Freddie Keey on January 6th 2016. Freddie was an enthusiastic and dedicated member of both Ladies Circle and Tangent, and a wonderful friend to us all. She was Tangent Chairman three times, in 1999-2000 and for two consecutive years from 2005-2007. She was also a very efficient secretary and, for many years, speaker finder. We shall all miss her.

  • Linda Papworth – Weston-super-Mare 314
  • Nina Andrewartha – Shirley 86

Shirley 86 are sad to announce the death of Nina Andrewartha who sadly passed away on Friday 8th January, 2016 and is sadly missed by all her family and Tangent and 41 Club friends

  • Janet Young – Market Harborough 224

Janet Young

 

 

1943 – 2015

 

 

 

It was with shock and great sadness that we learnt over Christmas time that Janet Young had suffered a bleed to the brain on 23rd December and passed away in the early hours of 24th December 2015.

Janet was an active and supportive member of our Tangent Club throughout her long and happy membership, and was Chairman in 1984/85 and 1999/2000, as well as being Secretary on numerous occasions.

Janet will always hold a special place in the hearts of Market Harborough Tangent members old and new.   Janet really embraced life, was a vibrant and effervescent lady who took a positive approach to all she undertook.  Janet will be sorely missed by us all, and we are all grateful that we had the opportunity to share her friendship.

  • Jenny Bickley – Battle 696

Battle 696 regret to announce the death of Jenny Bickley who was a founder member of their club.

  • Denise Nan Gray – Rothwell & District 513

Members of Rothwell & District Tangent have been saddened by the untimely death of Denise Gray on 30th December 2015 at the age of 81.  A lifelong friend of many of the members, Denise was a founder member of Rothwell & District Ladies Circle in the late 1960’s playing a key role in its formation becoming Chairman in its second year.  When Tangent was formed in 1980 she became Chairman for the first time in 1982-83 and again in 2003-2004.  Denise was a respected member, her thoughts and ideals always valued and never questioned and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.  She leaves a husband Peter, sons Michael and Simon and six grandchildren

  • Sheila Lewis – Bradford Fairfax 139

It is with great sadness that Bradford Fairfax 139 report the death on 23rd November of Sheila Lewis. Sheila was a founder member of Fairfax Ladies Circle and also a founder member of Tangent.
Sheila was a very loyal member of both Clubs and was a good friend to everyone. She will be sadly missed.

  • Lydia Black – Tiverton 55

Tiverton 55 regret to announce the death of Lydia Black. Lydia was a founder member of our club. She was a wonderful member and we will miss her

  • Eve Lockyer – Tiverton 55

Tiverton 55 regret to announce the death of Eve Lockyer . Eve was a founder member of Tiverton Ladies Circle. She was a wonderful member of our club, and we will miss her.

  • Hilary Bale – Caversham 532

Hilary Bale

 

 

 

 

 

10TH June 1940 to 25th September 2015

It is with the deepest sadness that Caversham 532 and Reading 81 report the death of Hilary Bale – a founder member of Caversham Ladies Circle in 1970 and later a member of Caversham Tangent 532 and Reading Tangent 81, serving as Tangent Chairman on at least two occasions.

Hilary was a very active, devoted member of both clubs, direct in her approach, generous in everything, extremely kind, caring and very liberal with her hospitality.  She was a special and unique lady who gave her utmost at all times with a very positive attitude to whatever was needed.  Being a devout Christian she has left a legacy of inspiration and example and we have a wonderful library of happy and lively memories over the last 45 years.  Hilary will be greatly missed by so many, especially her Tangent friends. We extend our sympathy and love to her husband John and children, Mary, Philip and Tessa and all her family.

  • Irene Mennie – Inverurie & District 650

It is with great sadness that Inverurie & District Tangent 650 have to announce the passing of one of our long serving members Irene Mennie – a truly lovely lady who will be missed by us all.

Irene Mennie, 1931 – 2015 was a very loyal member of Tangent and always looked forward to the Club meetings. She was a  very busy lady who loved cooking, dressmaking and looked after a very large garden. Irene was a teacher before she retired. Her interests included being an elder of one of the local Churches, an R.N.L.I. committee member and a member of the local Floral Art Club. One of her pleasures was to attend Floral Art Conferences in Peebles which she always thoroughly enjoyed. Mah Jong was another interest which provided both fun and companionship.

Over the last two years she coped so well and bravely with her illness. She died quite suddenly on 15 September 2015.

  • Anne Winscom – Petersfield 66

Past National President 1980-81

Petersfield Tangent Club 66 are saddened by the death of a founder member of their Club, Anne Winscom.   Anne was a stalwart member of the club and was Chairman on several occasions.  She was National President in 1980/81.   Anne was born into a farming family and in her teenage years was a leading member of a Young Farmers’ Club, meeting her husband Peter there.  She ran a large dairy farm with her husband with great precision and expertise as well as bringing up a family and being a key member in Ladies Circle, Tangent and WI.   She was an excellent cook and marmalade maker, nothing phased her and she was always ready to help with any project.   She will be sadly missed.

  • Heather Henshaw – Mansfield 147

It is with great sadness that Mansfield Tangent 147 report the death of Heather Henshaw aged 68 years.

Some people make such a difference in our lives, by simply being who they are. They make the world a better place and when they’re gone, we realise how lucky we are to have known them. Heather was such a person. She lived life to the full and touched the lives of so many people.

Heather was awarded an M.B.E. in recognition of her charitable work, including the NSPCC, for whom she worked tirelessly and passionately for the past 44 years to make a difference to the lives of children.

At a Ladies Circle meeting in 1970, we heard a speaker from the NSPCC and this sparked Heather’s life-long commitment to this exceptionally worthwhile cause. Since her death the NSPCC have named one of their rooms in their London Headquarters, the Heather Henshaw room, such is their regard for her.

For many years Heather was a Mansfield District Councillor; the most glamorous Councillor, Mansfield has ever known!! She was a dedicated and enthusiastic worker and became Chairman of the Council.

Somehow we always believed that Heather’s amazing and unique spirit could, and would, defeat her illness (both Leukaemia and Myloma), and it is impossible to accept that she finally lost her battle. Heather was an inspiration, speaking so calmly of her devastating situation, without the slightest hint of self-pity, and moreover with great humour as she recounted stories of her latest brush with the NHS,

Heather was a truly dedicated member of Ladies Circle and Tangent, and a dear friend to all. She leaves behind, husband John, children Cherry and Ben and 4 grandchildren.

It is her dazzling smile, her wonderful laugh, her dancing eyes, her warmth and kindness towards everyone that we will always remember.

Heather Henshaw was a truly remarkable woman!

 

  • Yvonne Curry – Reading 81

It is with much sadness that Reading Tangent have to report that Yvonne Curry, one of our youngest members aged 63, passed away on 12th July 2015 from Oesophageal Cancer.  Yvonne had been unable to attend any meetings since last Christmas and our thoughts are now with her three daughters and her grandchildren

  • Hazel Waldon – Keynsham & District 104

It is with great sadness that Keynsham & District Tangent 104 have to report that Hazel passed away on the 28th July 2015 after a short illness, some 13 years after she was widowed.

Hazel transferred to Keynsham and District Ladies Circle No 287 from Plymouth in January 1971 shortly before her retirement from Circle and joined our Tangent in April of that year, becoming our chairman in 1977 – 1978.

Hazel was very active in the local community, a member and past president of the local Inner Wheel until its closure. On the sporting side she played tennis until she was 80 and was a very keen bowler, being ladies captain and vice-president of Keynsham Bowling Club, a game she played until a couple of years ago.

Last October she became our first member to reach her 90th birthday treating us all to a celebratory drink at our dinner meeting. We shall all miss her unstinting support, stoicism and friendship our sincere sympathies go to her daughter Ann and her family.

  • Maureen Simkin – Longton 585

It is with great sadness that Longton Tangent 585 report the passing of Maureen Simkin a former member of Ladies Circle and an active and staunch member of Tangent. Maureen will be sadly missed by us all and our thoughts are with her husband Al and son Iain.

  • Audrey Littlewood – Pudsey 424

Pudsey Tangent 424 are sad to announce the death of Audrey Littlewood, founder member of both Pudsey Ladies Circle and Pudsey Tangent Club. She will be sadly missed.

  • Margaret Janes – Bexhill on Sea 356
  • Christine Rae – Ponteland 484

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It is with sadness that Ponteland Tangent 484 share the sad news that Christine Rae died on 29th June 2015. Christine was an enthusiastic member of our club, a Past Chairman, and was many times our Social Secretary.   Christine was a great friend, always smiling and loving the fun of Tangent and we will miss her a lot.

  • Norma Hough – Shrewsbury 24
  • Mary Price – Porthcawl 119

It is with great sadness that Porthcawl Tangent 119 announce the loss of much loved loyal member, Mary Price.  She was enthusiastic and supportive about all our activities and functions and will be sorely missed by us all.  Our heartfelt thoughts go to Mary’s husband Keith and family.

  • Margaret Woods – Porthcawl 119

It is with great sadness that Porthcawl Tangent 119 announce the loss of much loved loyal member, Margaret Woods.  She was enthusiastic and supportive about all our activities and functions and will be sorely missed by us all.  Our heartfelt thoughts go to Margaret’s husband Colin and family.

  • Vivien Holden – Farnham Tangent 469

It is with sadness that Farnham Tangent has to advise the passing of Vivien, Lady Holden on 4 May 2015.  Vivien  was a Founder Member of Farnham Tangent in 1978  and regularly attended meetings until 2009 when she could no longer drive and she and her husband Paul moved to Clare Park.    The funeral was at Aldershot Crematorium at 11.30 on Tuesday 19 May

  • Shirley Day – Keynsham & District 104

It is with such sadness that Keynsham & District Tangent 104 have to report that Shirley sadly passed away on the 4th May 2015 after a long illness, one she fought so bravely and with such determination.

Shirley joined Keynsham and District Ladies Circle No 287 in October 1970, transferring to Knutsford in 1974, then onto Wilmslow before returning to Keynsham in January 1978. We were all so very proud when Shirley chaired the very successful LCI Bristol Conference in 1981.

Shirley made the decision to leave Circle when her husband Gary left Table, so in 1982 she joined our Tangent and became Chairman in 1984 – 1985.

At our AGM in 2014 we made Shirley a life honorary member of our club as a mark of the deep admiration, love and respect that we all had for her and her dedication to both Ladies Circle and Tangent.

Shirley will be missed by the many friends she made during her time in both clubs and our sincere sympathies go to her husband Gary, her children and grandchildren

  • Stephanie Morpeth – Doncaster 62

Stephanie Morpeth 6th September, 1943 – 6th May, 2015

It is with great sadness that Doncaster Tangent 62 announce the sudden death of our dear friend Stephanie Morpeth. Stephanie was a terrific Tangent member, she was Chairman three times and rarely a year went by when she didn’t hold office. Steph was a lovely, caring and considerate person, and a dear kind friend.

She will be missed by all of us in Doncaster Tangent and also the many other avenues of her life, but most of all by her husband, Philip and their family. Our condolences to them all.

  • Pat Morris – Teignmouth 727

Just Pat Morris (3)Pamela Morris 1942 – 2015

Teignmouth Tangent 727

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful friend, Pam Morris.

Pam was a dedicated member of Ladies’ Circle and a founder member of Teignmouth Tangent.

She was such an inspirational lady, who approached everything she did with passion and commitment. Pam epitomised the essence of Tangent – friendship, generosity of spirit and a huge enthu

It was a privilege to be part of her life, and our heartfelt thoughts go to husband Bernie and to the rest of Pam’s much loved family.

She will be remembered with such great affection, but she will beso very much missed.

  • Jean Audrey Smith – Sutton Coldfield 7

Jean Audrey Smith 1928 – 2015

is with sadness that Sutton Coldfield Tangent announce the death of longstanding Tangent member Jean Smith.  Jean was a member of Birmingham Ladies Circle and when the time came to leave Circle she joined Sutton Coldfield Tangent No. 7 and was Tangent Chairman in 1989-90. Jean was a very supportive member of all Sutton Coldfield Tangent activities and she will be sadly missed.

  • Jean Pharaoh – Sutton Coldfield 7
  • Sylvia Fellowes – Redcar 530
  • Sonia Burgess – Redcar 530
  • Ella Broom – Cheltenham 47

Cheltenham Tangent 47 is very sad to announce the passing of our last Founder Member, Ella Broom aged 98. She was a grand old lady. full of fun and active until the last 18 months. She died very peacefully in her sleep. We will all miss her greatly, she was an inspiration to us all.

  • Betty Carrol Gillingham 533
  • Shirley Woollacott – Gillingham 533
  • Betty Amott – Ripley 158

Betty was a Founder member of Ripley Ladies Circle and Ripley Tangent

  • Mary Foulkes – Ripley 158

Mary was a Founder member of Ripley Ladies Circle and Ripley Tangent

  • Frances Leer – Kingsbridge & District 248
  • Audrey Weightman – Kingsbridge & District 248
  • Molly Dymoke – Harpenden 137

It is with great sadness that Harpenden 137 has to report that their last active Founder member died very suddenly and unexpectedly in February. Molly was a very active lady (pilates, keep fit, gardening etc) and always very supportive of the club. She never craved the limelight and was delighted to be made an Hon Life Member when we celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2009. Our future anniversaries will not be the same without her quiet, thoughtful and always interesting words. We have lost a loyal and faithful member.

  • Rosemary Wase – Shrewsbury 24

Rosemary passed away following a short illness on 10th February 2015

  • Sheila Hart – Brigg & District 649
  • Enid Brocklesby – Brigg & District 649
  • Jane Robinson – Brigg & District 649

It is with great sadness that Brigg and District Tangent 649 announce the deaths of three of their members.

Sheila Hart, who had been a member of Brigg Ladies Circle before joining Brigg and District Tangent.

Enid Brocklesby was also a member of Brigg Ladies Circle, before becoming the Founder Secretary of Brigg and District Tangent
and Jane Robinson who was a founder member of both Brigg Ladies Circle and Brigg and District Tangent.

Thoughts are with the friends and families of Sheila, Enid and Jane.

  • Dr Diana Cogswell – Waterlooville & District 523

Waterlooville & District 523 sadly announce the death of Dr Diana Cogswell who passed away in January 2015. Diana was a very active member both in Circle and Tangent and her sudden death has left all her friends very shocked. She will be sadly missed.

 

  • Irene Turnbull – Banbury 84

It is with sadness that Banbury Tangent Club 84 announces the sudden death of Irene in August this year. An active member and Past Chairman (2001-2002), she will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with her family.

  • Dorothy Bennett – Bradford Fairfax 139

It is with sadness that Bradford Fairfax Tangent 139 announce the death of Past Chairman Dorothy Bennett who sadly passed away on Tuesday 16th September 2014.

  • Barbara Caple – Leicester Tangent 152

It is with sadness that Leicester Tangent 152 announces the death of BARBARA CAPLE on 4th November, 2014.

  • Anne Jones – Shrewsbury Tangent 24

Shrewsbury Tangent 24 regret to announce the sad death of Anne Jones who fought her illness for many years with bravery, never complaining.

  • Susan Angela Evans – Rotherham 43

It is with much sadness that Rotherham Tangent 43 announces the death of Sue Evans on the 17th June 2014 just 9 days before her 65th birthday, after an illness bravely borne for nearly 3 years.

Sue joined Rotherham Ladies Circle in 1978 , she was at the heart of both Circle and Tangent including that of Chairman both Rotherham Ladies Circle and Rotherham Tangent 1999-2000.

Sue was a tower of strength and reliability to her family and friends, and is greatly missed by her husband John, daughters Jane and Sally and her much loved grand-children, and her many friends.

  • Carole Elaine Townend – Rotherham 43

It is with much sadness that Rotherham Tangent 43 announces the death of another of our members, Carole Townend who died on the 21st June 2014 at the age of just 53, after an illness bravely borne for some 18 months.

Carole was a very caring person, a nurse who chose to specialise in the care of the long term mentally ill, she had a great sense of humour and inner strength. She is greatly missed by her two daughters, Larna and Nicky , family and friends.

It was a great honour to have known both Sue and Carole and they will be greatly missed by all who knew them.

  • Jean Tyreman 

Jean Tyreman of Nidderdale Tangent 623 sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer on 25th September 2014. She was a founder member of both Nidderdale Ladies Circle and Tangent clubs and fully participated in all activities hosting many functions.

She was an exceptional cook; always ready to try a new cake recipe on the girls. Her friendship and laughter will be greatly missed.

  • Patricia Ann Hairsnape 5th May 1937 – 3rd September 2014

Pat HairsnapeIt is with much sadness that Rainford Tangent 691 announces the death of Pat on 3rd September 2014 , after a short illness. This was also her 54th Wedding Anniversary. Pat held several offices in Tangent, these being Secretary in 1987/88, Treasurer in 2002/03 and Chairman in both 2004/5 and 2008/9. She was an intelligent and knowledgeable lady with an entertaining and dry sense of humour. It was unusual for her to miss a meeting. We will miss her sense of humour and her enthusiasm.

Pat was very much the heart of her family and will be greatly missed by her Husband Mike and children Jonathan, Simon and Elizabeth, and her much loved grandchildren Matthew and Rebecca.

  • Doreen Carr – Barnsley 70

It is with heartfelt sadness, that Barnsley Tangent Club 70 reports the passing in May 2014 of a well loved, great friend and active member of our club, Doreen Carr aged 91.

  • Daphne Madden -Tettenhal 332

Tettenhal Tangent 332 regret to announce the death of Daphne Madden on 12th March 2014 at the age of 84.

Daphne had a son and four daughters who shared their happy memories, including her time in Circle and Tangent, at her funeral service. She was Chair of Tettenhall Ladies Circle in 1972 – 73, Chair of Tangent, 1985 – 86 and was President of Ladies Circle at the same time that her daughter, Alison, was Chairman in 1995. Daphne was always a warm and supportive member before illness prevented her attendance at meetings.

  • Pat Morris -Tettenhall 332

It is also with sadness that we report the death of Pat Morris on 29th March at the age of 88. Pat had originally been a Circle member in Matlock before moving to Tettenhall and joining Circle there, she was very active and served as Honorary President, she then moved into a recently formed Tangent and served as Tangent Chairman during 1987 – 88.

Pat always had a ready smile and a common sense approach to everything. She was a very keen Tangent member who attended until illness prevented her. But there was a warm welcome for any of her friends who visited her at home, in hospital or finaly her nursing home.

  • Wendy McKenzie – Rayleigh & District 135

It is with heartfelt sadness, that Rayleigh & District Tangent Club reports the passing of a great friend and member of our club, Wendy McKenzie. Wendy died on 27 December 2013, after an illness, bravely borne.

Wendy joined Rayleigh & District Ladies Circle in 1982 and was Chairman of both Circle (1989-1990) and Tangent club (2002-2003). Wendy threw herself into every aspect of life, and Circle & Tangent were no exception. She dressed up in costumes, baked, trekked, organised events and supported everyone and everything.

Wendy was a Cambridge graduate, an inspirational teacher, lovely friend, wife, mother and Nana, who will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband David, her daughters and grandchildren.

  • Kim Lord – Rayleigh & District 135

Rayleigh & District Tangent Club are sad to report the passing of our newest member, Kim Lord. Kim had been a member of Tangent for a relatively short time, but we had come to love her cheery smile, her determination, enthusiasm and zest for life. Our thoughts are with her partner Chris and her family.

  • Lynda Hughes – Waterloo 523

It is with great sadness that Waterloo Tangent announces that one of their members, Lynda Hughes sadly passed away on 7th March 2014.

Lynda was a very active and supportive member of Waterloo Tangent, a keen golfer who had won the Area Golf Competition. She had been a member of Ladies Circle and was Chairman twice.

  • Marjorie Robinson – Bootle Crosby and District 148

Bootle, Crosby and District Tangent would like to announce the death of Marjorie Robinson, who was a Founder member of the club. Marjorie had also been Ladies Circle President in 1959/60 and International Ladies Circle President in 1960/61. She is sadly missed.

  • Jan Mulqueen – Sunderland Tangent 795, Angels of the North 907, National President Tangent 2009 – 10, Community Services Officer NALC 1997-98,Chairman Area 16 NALC

Jan MulqueenSunderland and Angels of the North Tangents are deeply saddened and shocked at the very sudden death of Jan Mulqueen. Jan had just returned from the Annual Conference at Bournemouth where she’d thoroughly enjoyed catching up with her very many, valued friends and partying as only she could. She was particularly happy that “my Eddie” was there too.

A past area chairman of NALC area 16, Jan’s enthusiasm for Circling grew into her love for Tangent. She was passionate about living life to the full, making friends wherever she went both in the UK and internationally.

Her passion for international carried on into her year as IPP when she was instrumental in shaping the first MoU on which Tangent International has been built. Jan was, quite rightly, very proud of what she helped to achieve. She was also closely involved in building on, and strengthening, the ties of the ‘Round Table Family’.

As long standing member of Sunderland Tangent she has been one of their driving forces for many years and was grateful for their support when she stood for the role of national Vice President and which continued in her role as National President. She was also very close to Houghton-le-Spring Tangent, had fun with them and valued their friendship.

Jan would always encourage everyone to take part in whatever was on offer – whether it was a regional lunch, charity event, a club open night or her favourite weekend away at Conference.

A founder member of Angels of the North, which grew out of friendships made running the Party Tyne conference, Jan was always there to listen and would share her wealth of experience whenever asked.

One of the many tributes to Jan said: ‘Great picture, bet you can’t find one where she’s not smiling.’ We looked and we can’t.
Jan was always there with a bright smile and a warm hug; one of our brightest lights, her vitality, sense of fun and commitment, will be sadly missed. Our heartfelt condolences go to her husband Eddie and their family.

  • Mary Cusack – Cleeve Hill 493

Founder Member Cleeve Hill 493, Early Member Cleeve Hill Ladies Circle.

  • Shirley Ann Christmas – New Milton 120

It is with great sadness that New Milton Tangent announce the sudden death of Shirley in January this year. She was an active member and a past Chairman in 2003/04 and will be sadly missed by all of us. Our thoughts are with her husband Colin and family and we send them our condolences.

  • Marjorie Holmes – Banbury 84

It is with much sadness that Banbury Tangent Club announces the death of founder member Marjorie Holmes (Chairman 1970-1972). She will be greatly missed by us all.

  • Sue Collins – Farnham 469

It is with great sadness that we have to advise the death of Sue Collins on 3 February 2014, after a long illness. She was such a good friend, always there to support Tangent, and always cheerful. She will be much missed.

Sue was Chairman of Farnham Tangent 2003/04, Chairman Farnham Ladies Circle 1985/86 and President Farnham Ladies Circle 1994/95.

She transferred in to Farnham from Gordano Valley in Portishead, Bristol in February 1980. She also regularly supported Area and National meetings.

  • Pauline Coates – Rainford 691

Pauline CoatesPauline Coates, A founder member of Rainford Circle and later Rainford Tangent. She took several secretarial and treasury positions and in 2012/2013 was a very well respected Chairman of Tangent. She loved the job and was very keen to do it again, but unfortunately became extremely ill and lost her fight for life on the 5″‘ February 2014.

Pauline will be greatly missed by all the members of Rainford Tangent and our sympathies go to her sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

  • Eleonore Ridge – Alsager 299

ELEONORE : A LIFE AND A LEGACY

On a momentous evening in 1972 a group of ladies were sitting round a table in a Chinese restaurant in Crewe, Cheshire discussingwhether or not to establish a Tangent Club in Alsager. The unanimous decision was a resounding yes. One of the ladies turned to Eleanor and asked “Will you be our first Chairman?”. “Yes” replied Eleanor and here was history repeating itself for in 1961 Eleonore had agreed to be the first Chairman of Alsager Ladies Circle.

In May 1973 Eleonore was installed as the founder Chairman of Alsager Tangent Club no 299. What an amazing legacy to leave to both our town and our Associations. So many women have benefitted from her dedication to enabling and preserving friendships, caring for those in need and encouraging an active participation in our meetings and events both locally and nationally. Eleonore personified every principle that our Associations strive touphold but her commitment to continuing friendship will be carried forward by Alsager Tangent Club as long as it exists.

Thank you Eleonore.

  • Jean Tonge – Aireborough 75

Our members said goodbye to a much loved member Jean Tonge who was circle chairman, Area 23 chairman and Area Extension Officer. She was also Tangent chairman in 1976/77 and 1992/93. Jean was always cheerful and positive during a long illness. Much missed.

Rose Purdy
Chairman Aireborough Tangent 75.

  • Eve Smaylen – Sutton Park 363

It is with great sadness that Sutton Park Tangent Club announce the death of Eve Smaylen on the 21st December 2013. Eve was a founder member of Sutton Perk Ladies Circle and of Sutton Park Tangent Club and will be greatly missed.

  • Patricia Anderson – Hornchurch 89

Patricia AndersonWe are very sad to report the death of Patricia Anderson on 27th November, a much loved and stalwart member of our club. We will all miss her friendship and loyalty. Pat transferred from East Kilbride Ladies Circle to Hornchurch in 1969 eventually joining Tangent where she held various offices including Chairman and Secretary. Our thoughts are with her lovely family.

  • May Ray – Petersfield 66

We are very sad to report the death of one of Petersfield Tangent No.66’s founder members May Ray. Mary died on the 12th January 2014 at the age of 87.

  • Helga Perry – Camberley 277

Helga was a truly lovely person.

  • Eve Smaylen – Sutton Park 363

It is with great sadness that Sutton Park Tangent Club announce the death of Eve Smaylen on the 21st December 2013.  Eve was a founder member of Sutton Perk Ladies Circle and of Sutton Park Tangent Club and will be greatly missed.

  • Janet Whitefoot – Oakengates 567

It is with great sadness Oakengates Tangent announce the sudden death of their Chairman Janet Whitefoot.

She was a founder member of Oakengates Ladies Circle and founder Chairman of Oakengates Tangent, she really was the matriarch of our Tangent and will be dearly missed.

It really has been a very sad time for her husband Neil, as soon after Janet’s death he lost his son Jeffery too.

We all send our condolences to Neil and daughter Gillian.

  • Patricia Milburn – Wolverhampton 282 & Hull Wyke Tangent 342. Chairman of Hull Wyke 1987/1988

Patricia Milburn (died) on Sunday 22nd September 2013 She will be sadly missed by all her friends.

Pat was an active member of Ladies Wolverhampton No 6 and was chairman in 1970/1971. She continued on into Tangent Wolverhampton 282 and transferred to Hull Wyke Tangent and was chairman in 1987/1988. Pat enjoyed our meetings and was always interested in everything we did. She was a good loyal friend to us all.

  • Jackie Hall – Keynsham and District 104

It is with much sadness that we have to report that Jackie sadly lost her battle with cancer on the 30th December 2013 an illness she fought with such courage and determination.

Jackie joined Downend Circle in November 1970, transferred to Devizes in October 1973 and to Keynsham in April 1980, chairing our Ladies Circle No 287 in 1982 – 1983, Area 5 in 1987 – 1988 and in 1988 -1989 Jackie served on the Ladies Circle National Executive as Badge Secretary.

Jackie joined our Tangent club in the late 1980’s but following a house move back to Devizes in 1990 she reluctantly resigned, she will be missed by the  many friends she made during her time in both Circle and Tangent and our sincere sympathies go to her husband Andrew, her children and grandchildren.

  • Kay Burgess – Billericay 402

Billericay lost one of our members today. A very popular and senior club member, Kay Burgess.

She and husband Richard had only very recently celebrated their Golden anniversary.

She will be much missed.

  • Andree Dorington-Ward – Bridport 785

Andree Dorington-Ward – Past Chairman Bridport 785

  • Elizabeth Rowan – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland Tangent Club No. 140 regrets to report the death of long-standing member Elizabeth Rowan. Elizabeth was a valued member who did not like to miss a meeting or social gathering. Described as “a very feisty lady” during a recent tribute she had suffered poor health for several years but did not allow her condition to prevent her enjoying life as best she could. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and fellow members.

  • Lynn Butter – City of Truro 331

It is with great sadness that City of Truro Tangent Club have to announce that Lynn Butter passed away on 12th June 2013 after a short illness. It was a great shock to all her family and friends.

Lynn joined the City of Truro Ladies Circle in the early 1970s and then moved onto Tangent where she was chairman in 1992/1993. Lynn was an active member of the club, always in the background quietly helping our meetings to run smoothly. She will be remembered for her happy, smiling face and her quiet efficient manner.

She spent a lot of her time in her beautiful garden, which she recently opened to raise money for the Cornwall Hospice Trust [Mount Edgcumbe] where sadly she spent her last few days.

Tangent will miss Lynn very much. Our sympathies go out to Dick, her husband and her sons Steve and Chris and their families.

  • Joyce Miller – Pudsey 424

We are sad to announce the death of Joyce Miller, aged 94, founder member of both Pudsey Ladies Circle and Pudsey Tangent Club. An active member of Tangent until retiring in 2010.

She will be sadly missed.

  • Catherine Smith – Linlitgow 328

It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that Linlithgow Tangent 328 has lost another dear friend – the 3rd in 6 months!

  • Patricia Stephen – Stokesley & Yarm 726

It is with great sadness that we announce that Pat Stephen passed away on 29th July 2013.

Pat was the quintessential gentlewoman. Wife to retired Local GP, George , a mother & grandmother. Pat worked as a teacher, which included interesting positions overseas.

She was chairman in 2011 when we celebrated our 25th Anniversary, a past member of Circle and Stockton Tangent.
She had a quiet dignity and will be greatly missed by her friends in Tangent. As one of our members (three score years & ten) frequently remarked. “ When I grow up I want to be like Pat”.

What a legacy to leave behind.

  • Eileen Manley and Sheila Gatehouse – Downend 177

Both Sheila and Eileen were very keen, early members of Downend Ladies Circle. Sheila, the second Chairman in 1966 stayed until her husband’s illness then returned many years later as a Tangent member.

Eileen, another active and lively member hosted many great parties and a most memorable occasion was both Eileen and Sheila together giving a great dance rendition of Joyce Grenfell’s ‘Stately as a Galleon’!

When Tangent numbers were few in the early years, these two wonderful members remained cheerful and positive and played very active roles. They will be sadly missed by their many friends.

  • Louise McDowell – Chepstow and District 628

Chepstow and District Tangent club are very sad to announce that Louise McDowell passed away on the 12th of June 2013. She was ill for only a short while, her courage and strength over this period was inspiring. Louise was Chairman of our Tangent club twice in 1986/87 and again in 2009/10. She was an enthusiastic and active member, having been secretary on numerous occasions. Her husband, Ron, passed away 7 years ago and he was a past Chairman of 41 club. Louise leaves behind Rachel and Adrian who took such great care of their mum during her illness. Louise will be greatly missed by us all.

Market Drayton 327

Kerry Davies

Kay Dean

  • June Cornall – Wadebridge & District 643

June CornallJune was  an active and valued member of Wadebridge Community, oneof her proudest achievements was becoming a member of the Town Council, serving for 15 years.

June joined Tangent on the 8th September 1988.
She was chairman:

  • 1991-1992
  • 1995-1996
  • 1996-1997
  • 2005-2006
  • 2012-2013 when she had to retire due to ill health.

The highlight of this time was as Mayor  from1997-1999 which she considered a real honour and took her duties very seriously.

She was also involved in a number of local organisations including Tangent, Archery and The Bowling Club. She was also a committee member involved in fund raising for the building and running  of the New Children’s Hospice – Little Harbour.

She acted as Wardrobe Mistress for the local Music and Drama Group and until recently sang in a local ladies’ Barbershop chorus. June was a very busy lady but always had time for everyone.

  • Diane Goodwin – Caversham 532

It is with deep sadness that Caversham Tangent reports the death of one of its founder members, Diane Goodwin, who died on 20 March 2013.

Di, as she was affectionately known, was also a founder member of Caversham Ladies Circle which was formed in 1970.

During her 43 years with our two organisations, Di was a committed, loyal and enthusiastic member of our clubs. Apart from her times as Chairman of both Circle and Tangent, Di took on just about every role that she could – from Raffle Lady to Fund Raising Chairman to Social Chairman and anything in between.

She will be best remembered for her acute sense of fun and throwing herself wholeheartedly into every event, making newcomers welcome and encouraging them to have as much fun as they could. Whether dressed as a tramp for a fancy dress party, or in a ball gown for a Ladies Night, Di always played her part to the full – a lady with a great sense of occasion.

Even during her latter years when she became poorly, Di still maintained as regular an attendance as possible which is to her great credit and fortitude.

She is greatly missed by our Club and of course by her family – husband Michael, daughter Susan, sons David and Jonathan, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Very fond memories of Diane will live on.

  • Marjorie Humphrey – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland Tangent Club No. 140 regrets to announce the death of our Founder President Marjorie Humphrey.  Although Marjorie moved to live in the  Isle of Man some years ago she kept in touch with First in Ireland and was an Honorary Member until her resignation due to failing health. l She was a welcome visitor to the Irish Regional Luncheon each year until unable to travel.  Our sympathy is extended to her two daughters and wider family circle.

  • Mary Gaye – Felixstowe 279

Mary Gaye died on 24th April.  She will be much missed.

  • Annette Garbett – Bridgnorth 587

Past Chairman and Founder member of Bridgnorth Tangent No587,passed away in march 2013 after a long illness bravely borne.

  • Sheila Postins – Daventry & District 770 – Past National President and Past National Secretary

Sheila PostinsIt is with deep sadness that we report the death of Sheila on 5th June 2013. Sheila was a member of Daventry Ladies Circle where she was Chairman and then Area Chairman before joining Tangent. Her first initiation to the Tangent Executive was in a new position as Secretary Elect where she learnt the skills required to take on the duties as Secretary of the Association. During this period she had surgery for breast cancer and due to the friendship,support and prayers she experienced from fellow members, far and wide, she decided she must recognise the importance Tangent took in her recovery by standing for National President.

Sheila was always ready for a challenge – always with a project on the horizon and full of enthusiasm to carry it through. Those of us who had the pleasure of working with her on the Executive and knew her in her private life knew she would never stop until the task was fulfilled – always with a smile – full of ideas for the good of the Association. We were all inspired by her drive and energy.

Her love of sunshine took her to Cyprus where she and Chris had a property built to her specification, where she could enjoy visits from family and friends, who were always welcome. She was hospitable to all – enjoying life to the full.

Her last big function was to attend the Midland’s Lunch in February happily supporting the type of occasion she had always enjoyed. Her health deteriorated from then on and sadly she was unable to win the ultimate challenge.

Chris & Sheila celebrated their Golden Wedding in 2012 when family and friends had a wonderful day – we send our heartfelt condolences to Chris, Stephen & Pippa, Caroline & Nick and those dear grandchildren Sophia, Sacha and Frankie to whom Sheila was so devoted.

We have all lost a great friend – one whose impact on Tangent was immense – an inspiration to us all.

Thank you Sheila for your time with us.

  • Brenda Cowell – Wotton-Under-Edge & District 534

On 16th January 2013 Wotton-Under-Edge & District Tangent 534 said a sad farewell to one of its Founder Members. Brenda Cowell was a stalwart member of the Club having been Chairman and Secretary and a supporter of all of the Club’s activities.

Brenda was always there to offer advice, help and friendship to all who had the privilege of knowing her. She not only supported all Tangent events but was also involved in many voluntary organizations in the town and thus will also be missed by the wider community.She was an avid green fingered gardener and superb needlewoman.

Brenda adored her family and supported husband Tony in everything he was involved in. We all miss her greatly.

  • Colleen Jefferies – Keynsham and District No 104

It is with much sadness that we have to report that Colleen sadly lost her battle with cancer on the 5th April 2013 an illness she fought with such courage and determination.

Colleen was a founder member of both our Ladies Circle No 287 (1957) and Tangent (1967), chairing Circle in 1965 – 1966, Area 5 in 1970 – 1971 and Tangent 1976 – 1977. She attended her last Tangent meeting with us in February, such an inspiration in her reluctance to give in to her illness, we shall all miss her enthusiasm, experience and friendship, a lifelong supporter of the Conservative Party she would have found it amusing that her funeral was on the same day as Lady Thatcher.

Our sincere sympathies go to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Sheena Woodhouse – Linlithgow 328
  • Margaret Cowie – Linlithgow 328

Founder member.

  • Jeanette Rees – Mumbles 852
  • Margaret Constance Cooke – Pinner 171 & Henley-on-Thames 568

Margaret died peacefully on 26th March 2013 in Bournbemouth aged 79. Formerly of Pinner Tangent & Henley on Thames. Loving wife of David, much loved mother of Bernard, Tony & Christine. Following in her footsteps are her daughter Christine & recently her grandaughter Jeni, who are both members of Bushey & Oxhey Tangent & Circle respectively.

  • Patricia Weakley – Leicester 152

PATRICIA WEAKLEY, a Founder Member of Leicester Tangent Club 152, died on 17th April, 2013 aged 90 years.

  • Helen Parkinson – Norwich 233

Founder Member.

  • Betty Gayson – Moseley 133

On behalf of Moseley Tangent Club 133 could I please record the death of BETTY GRAYSON (1922-2013).

Betty was a Past Chairman of Moseley Circle 200, Area Circle Chairman and founder member of Moseley Tangent Club.

  • Marie Simmons – Grantham and District 550

Marie Simmons Poem

We are very sorry to say that we have recently lost one of the Founder members of our club, Marie Simmons and she will be sadly missed.

The poem was written by another of our Founder members, Val Odell.

Elland 535. It is with much sadness that we announce the deaths of two of our members who were great friends to each other.

  • Susan Marshall – Elland 535

dilys-and-sueSue, aged 70, passed away on the 27th September 2012, after a very short illness.

Sue joined Elland Ladies Circle in the early 70’s and was Chairman in 1974/75 and then President twice in 1983/83 and 2006/7.

She was a keen and active member of Elland Tangent and was always full of fun and friendship.

In addition to Tangent, she had many interests and hobbies, one of which was a supporter of Overgate Hospice, where she was involved in its opening and worked as a volunteer for many years.

A scented garden will be dedicated in the Hospice grounds in her memory.

  • Dilys Longbottom – Elland 535

Dilys, aged 74, passed away on the 9th March 2013, after a long illness.

Dilys was a long standing member of Elland Ladies Circle and was Chairman in 1977/78, before “retiring” to Elland Tangent where she was Chairman in 1982/83.

She was involved in many community projects in Elland and had a lively, outgoing personality which sustained her throughout her long illness.

  • Penny Snook – Bletchley 111

It is with much sadness that we have to report the death of Penny Snook of Bletchley Tangent on 15th January 2013.

Penny was Chairman of Bletchley Tangent in 1986 and the again in 2008, she was an active and much loved member who’s home was always open for Tangent events she will be sadly missed.

Each life touches this world in a way no others can, leaving not only wonderful memories but lasting imprints in our hearts.

  • Gill Creed – City of Wells 747
  • Veronica Richardson – Harpenden 137

Harpenden Tangent 137 are sad to record the death of our member Veronica Richardson on 9th January 2013.

Veronica was Chairman of Tangent in 1996-97 and Circle Chairman in 1968-67

  • Dorothy Neary – Ulverston 235
  • Jenny Kidner – Oswestry 767
  • Violet Elizabeth Lloyd – Morecambe & Heysham 90
  • Audrey Fabian – Porthcawl 119

Audrey Fabian was a loyal member of Porthcawl Ladies Circle and Tangent club 119 and her sudden death in December was a shock and great loss to her husband Clayton and family.

Audrey was a lovely, kind and thoughtful and she joined in all our activities and she will be greatly missed by us and especially by her life long Tangent friends whom she had known since the early days of Porthcawl Ladies circle.

God bless you Audrey.

  • Beryl Evans – Warrington 162
  • Sue Marshall – Elland 535

Sue MarshallSue was a very active member of our club, a very elegant lady who was the life and soul of any meeting.

One of her close friends has put together this brief obituary:

Sue was a very active member of our club, a very elegant lady who was the life and soul of any meeting.

One of her close friends has put together this brief obituary:

  • Elizabeth Morris – Founder Member – Whitley Bay 17

It is with much sadness that Whitley Bay Tangent have to announce the death of Founder Member Elizabeth Morris at the age of 98.

Elizabeth was an enthusiastic and supportive member of Tangent who used to keep us all amused with her stories and anecdotes.

She will be much missed

  • Joan ‘Jo’ Carter – Bury St Edmunds 187 and Harlow 144

It is with sadness that the Tangent Clubs of Bury St Edmunds (No. 187) and Harlow (No. 144) report the sudden death of a much loved member, Jo Carter, on 21st November, 2012, at her home in Risby.

Whilst living in Harlow in the late 1950’s, Jo and her veterinary surgeon husband, John, became involved with Round Table and Ladies Circle and John, supported by Jo, set up the first veterinary clinic in the new town. Earlier, Jo had begun her career in the civil service and later became a stewardess with British European Airways flying in Dakotas, Vikings and Elizabethans all over Europe. Jo never lost her interest in flying. Following some time in Canada, she, John, and their three children returned to the UK and moved to Bury St Edmunds where Jo became involved with Tangent both there and in Harlow.

Jo was a very conscientious member of Tangent and was twice Chairman of the Bury St Edmunds Club (1995-96 and 2008-09) and twice Chairman of Harlow (1989-90 and 2007-08). She enjoyed attending National Conferences and she and John were keen participants of national and regional camping events.

A very keen swimmer, cyclist, and gardener, Jo also found time for country dancing, caravanning and badminton. Typically, whilst fully involving herself in the life of Risby village and its church, she was always willing to help others.

John predeceased Jo, dying in January 2011. Jo will be sadly missed by her family and her many friends in Tangent.

  • Valerie Berry – founder member Hutton & Shenfield 666

It is with deep regret that I have to advise you that our dear member Valerie Berry passed away on the l3th November at the age of 71 year. She was a founder member of Hutton & Shenfield Tangent Club No. 666 and was Chairman in the year 1989/1990, and previously a member and Chairman of our Ladies Circle.

  • Ronnie Wells – Cuffley 278

We were very sad to lose Ronnie Wells in January 2012.  She had been a Circle & Tangent member since 1971.

  • Jane Thomas.- Founder Member of Chepstow & District 628

Jane was aged 64 and died on the 23rd of October 2012 after a long illness. She was past Circle Chairman and had also been our Tangent Chairman and was the loving wife of Spencer and much loved mother of Richard and Lucy and dear Grandmother to Sophie, Charlie, Thomas and Alice.

She was a very popular member of Tangent and we all miss her hugely.

  • Caroline Batterbury – Coulsdon & Purley 36
  • Rosemary Welch – Canterbury 93

Rosemary sadly passed away in November 2012 after a brave fight against cancer. She was an active member, and Past Chairman of both Canterbury Tangent and Ladies Circle. She had a wonderful sense of fun and will be greatly missed by us all.

  • Angela Clifford – City of Truro 331

It is with great sadness that we have to advise you that Angela Clifford passed away on !st November 2012 after a long illness.She fought her illness courageously. She was forever optimistic – her glass was always half full, never half empty.

Angela and her husband, Tim, moved to the Isles of Scilly in 1968 where she joined Ladies Circle. She then progressed on to Tangent and when the family moved to Truro Angela transferred to City of Truro Tangent Club No 331 where she was a loyal and valuable member.

She was a very brave lady and she will sadly be missed by us all.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out Tim and their children Christopher, Charles and Eleanor and also not forgetting the grandchildren.

  • Margaret Randfield – Founder Member – Kinder 289
  • Dorothy Churchill – Luton 154
  • Dorothy was Chairman 1973/74
  • Pauline Bradley – Secretary Luton 154
  • Julie Hayes – Warrington 162
  • Jan Appleyard – Aireborough 375

Very sadly Aireborough Tangent 375 have to announce the death of our Chairman Jan Appleyard.  She fought a brave battle against lung cancer for almost two years.  As well as Tangent Jan was involved with Wharfedale branch of Yorkshire Cancer Research.  She was an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed.

  • Rita Moon – Stockton-on-Tees and District 479

It is with regret we note the death on 1st  November 2012 of Rita Moon a past Chairman of Stockton-on-Tees and District Tangent Club No 479.

  • Betty White – Sutton Coldfield 7

It is with sadness that we report the death of Betty White a long standing member of Sutton Coldfield Ladies Circle and Sutton Coldfield Tangent Club. Betty was a very active member of both Clubs a Past Chairman and also held many offices within Circle and Tangent . Betty’s sight had deteriorated over the past years and she had been in poor health. Betty is survived by husband Don, children and grandchildren.

  • Sheila Longden – Sutton Coldfield 7

We are very sorry to have to tell of the sudden death of Sheila Longden, Sheila transferred from Ipswich Ladies Circle to Sutton Coldfield Tangent Club and was a very active member taking up the position of Chairman very soon after joining when the current Chairman was suddenly taken ill. Sheila was a young vibrant member of the Club a breath of fresh air to us all. She will be sorely missed.

  • Beryl Mackay – Farnham 469

Beryl was a lovely lady who passed away very suddenly on 5th August.  She was an active member of Farnham Tangent and is missed by us all.

  • Doreen White – Founder Chairman Swanage – 208
  • Diana Vine – Founder Member Swanage – 208
  • Jill Harris – Axe Valley 639 & Didcot (closed)

She was a lovely lady and will be sorely missed. She leaves a husband Don and two children with grandchildren who were obviously devoted to her. She had a long and courageous battle with cancer and was always cheerful.

  • Diane Morgan – Hallamshire 167

Diane Morgan, who died 22 May 2012.  Diane was so full of life and very active in everything she was involved in, being our Chairman for a second time just a few years ago.  She is greatly missed by us all and our thoughts are with her husband Gren and their children and families.

  • Ann David – Porthcawl 119

Porthcawl Tangent 119 would like to record the passing of Ann David from Bridgend.  A longstanding and loyal member of Ladies Circle and then Tangent, she will be remembered with fondness by friends in South Wales Tangent Clubs and also Hawick in Scotland.

  • Kathleen Mead – Potters Bar

Kathleen Mead passed away on 08/08/2012

  • Betty Naylor – Elland 535

Betty Naylor of Elland 535 and will be missed by her many friends in Tangent.

  • Jean De’Ruyter – Shrewsbury 24

It is with sadness that Shrewsbury 24 report the death of Jean De’Ruyter on July 27th, aged 86, after many brave months of illness.

  • Mavis Isted – Lymington 336

Lymington are sad to report the death of a fellow member of both Circle and Tangent – Mavis Isted. Mavis was a friendly but private person, and was a real gentle lady. She had been ill for about 18th months and sadly had not been able to attend meetings, but the girls kept in touch with her, giving all the news and gossip.

 

  • Joan Miller – Harpenden 137

Harpenden Tangent 137 are sad to inform you that our Founder Chairman, Joan Mary Miller, passed away on 30th April 2012 age 91.  Joan was a very respected member of our Club which she helped to form in 1968 and was the wife of Past National President of 41 Club Eric Miller.

  • Paddy Hollins – Tettenhall 332 & Stratford Upon Avon 740

Paddy Hollins who was in both Tettenhall 332 & Stratford Upon Avon 740

  • Sheila Hall – Leyland 234

Leyland Tangent Club 234 were sorry to hear of the death of one of our founder members Mrs. Sheila Hall, she was a life honorary membermuch respected and will be sadly missed.

  • Margaret Herbert – Bishopbriggs & Kirkintilloch 511

It is with great sadness we report the death of Margaret Herbert of Bishopbriggs & Kirkintilloch 511

  • Margaret Miller – Porthcawl 119

It is with great sorrow that  Porthcawl Tangent 119  have to announce the death of Margaret Miller. Margaret was a loyal member of Ladies Circle and Tangent for many years. She was greatly respected as a person and as a doctor and will be missed by her loving family and friends.

  • Janet Sparkes – Porthcawl 119

Porthcawl Tangent Club No 119 sadly announce the death of Janet Sparkes who was a loyal member and supporter and who will be missed by all fellow members and friends.

  • Maureen Sedgwick – Porthcawl 119

It is with great sadness that Porthcawl Tangent Club 119 announce the death of Maureen Sedgwick who was a loyal member of both Ladies Circle and Tangent and whose wonderful sense of fun always kept us laughing.  Mo attended every meeting until her illness sadly curtailed her movements. She will be greatly missed by us all and our thoughts and prayers are with Gerald and family.

  • Mary Pibworth – Camberley 270

Sadly Camberley Tangent has to announce the death of Mary Pibworth after a short illness.

Mary joined Camberley Ladies Circle in 1958 and during her time in Ladies Circle was Area Chairman of Area 8. In fact she was the last unelected Chairman of Area 8.

She was Chairman of Camberley Tangent in 1987/88 and was President of our Club from 2007 until her death.

Mary was a nurse and midwife during her career and put these skills to good use during the war. She had lots of interests including Bridge and gardening and loved performing in Camus which is Camberley Music Society. She loved getting involved in charity work and also was a member of Camberley Inner Wheel.

Mary died peacefully in her sleep on 21st May 2012 aged 91 and will be sadly missed by her family and many friends – a lovely lady.

  • Margaret Hale – Portsmouth and Southsea Tangent No 44

It is with great regret that we have to report the sudden death of our longstanding member Margaret Hale. Margaret died on May 29th 2012. She was a very enthusiastic member of Portsmouth and Southsea Ladies Circle and moved on to Tangent in 1971. She was a great supporter of all our events and in 2011 enjoyed celebrating her 80th birthday and joining in with our 50th anniversary lunch. Margaret’s husband David died in 1994 and she always said how grateful she was to Tangent and her many friends at that time. Our thoughts are with her daughter Alison, her son Peter and her 2 grand-daughters. She will be much missed by us all.

  • Ruth O’Donoghue – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland Tangent Club 140 is saddened to report the recent death of Ruth O’Donoghue who joined First in Ireland in the year 2000 having been a member of Newry Ladies’ Circle.  Ruth had, apparently, made a good recovery from major surgery but sadly passed away after a further short illness.  A quiet. reserved lady, Ruth will, nevertheless, be much missed by all her fellow members. A widow,she is survived by a daughter, Adele, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

  • Joyce Ellen Hall – Wigan 129 & Lymington 336

Joyce HallIt is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Joyce Ellen Hall on 14th November 2011.

Joyce came, with her husband John to Wigan from Lymington, where she was also in Tangent to be nearer to her family because of deteriorating health due to Parkinsons Disease.

They found a bungalow close to her daughter Jo and Family. Sadly just a few months after moving up her husband John died suddenly. He had brought Joyce to her first meeting at Tangent and died the following week. This meant she had to leave her bungalow and go into a nursing home. This did not deter Joyce one bit, although distraught at losing her husband, with the help of one of our members Sue Hirst, who became very close to her, she attended as many meetings as possible going to the cinema, playing bingo and having meals out, all with gusto.

She enjoyed everything we did and she always made us laugh as her wit was second to none. We all enjoyed her company very much and she will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her daughters Jo and Kate and their families

  • Milda Richardson – Forfar Tangent 644

Milda transfered to Forfar Ladies Circle from Edinburgh Pentlands and was a founder Vice-chairman of Forfar Tangent. Milda had many interests, the greatest of these were her six grandchildren.

Our sympathies go to husband George and children Callum, Catriona and Nicola.

She will be sadly missed by us all.

  • Eileen Duff – Forfar Tangent 644

Eileen was a native of Forfar and joined Forfar Ladies Circle as a young bride on her marriage to Bill.

She was a founder member of Forfar Tangent and a past chairman.

Eileen was a lady with a very busy life who liked nothing more than having her family round her.

She was pre-deceased by husband Bill in 1998.

Our sympathies go to children Gillian, Suzanne and John and her six grandchildren.

She will be sadly missed by us all.

  • Freda Radcliffe – Sutton Coldfield 7

Freda RadcliffeIt is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Freda Radcliffe on 15th June aged 90. She was Ladies Circle National Editor in the days when everything was done by manual typewriter including the annual listings of officers of all the clubs for the directory. Freda’s daughter Judy well remembers the endless corrections with carbon paper and the mounds of directories filling a large room in the house being prepared for dispatch. (Freda is second from left in the picture of the National Executive) Judy has many other good photos of her and national and local circlers which could be scanned if wanted.

Her own chairmanship of Sutton Coldfield’s Ladies Circle in 1956-7 directly followed her husband Norman’s of Round Table – hence the cartoon. They both greatly enjoyed their clubs’ social life  – one of Judy’s earliest memories was being read ‘Mary Mouse’ stories with her in gorgeous ball gowns and smelling of perfume before they went out – and both of them took a very active part in the work and organisation of their respective clubs.  She went on to be chairman of Area 4, and then on to national office.

freda-radcliffe-laides-circleIn later years she greatly enjoyed the friendship of her fellow Tangent members and was thrilled to join in events such as the past national officers lunch at Harrogate, and more recently the Sutton Coldfield area lunch in 2009 before she joined Judy in Maldon. The current members have been assiduous in ensuring that although in a residential home over the last year she was still very much joined to them in friendship, including the sending of flowers for her 90th birthday.

Below the pictures are some extracts from the papers found when her apartment was sold which well illustrate the range of contributions she made.

It was wonderful she had the opportunity for such a life time interest.

Judy has a number of Ladies Circle items available for disposal that she had kept but is loathe to discard if there is anyone out there who would have an interest in them.

In apriciation of Freda:

From Pat (Mann?) [NALC]

“…I would like to tell you as well that I think you have made an excellent chairman. You have conducted special occasions and ordinary meetings alike with charm and efficiency and I know you have put your whole heart and soul into the job. For my part it has been an interesting and enjoyable experience and thank you for everything.”

From Richard Williams [Round Table]

“.. Ladies Circle has meant a lot to both Mollie and myself in different ways while you were in the Chair: for my part, as an outsider, I have been able to observe objectively its growth in stature, and you will take your place amongst its most worthy leaders. As with Norman when he was our Chairman, you have shown unbounded energy and enthusiasm – not only on the Dance Floor!- but also for urging others on while your hand carefully and ably held the tiller. I feel that Ladies Circle is at its best when it can at once pursue its own objects and objectives, and yet be complementary to Round Table in many of their activities. This has now been achieved to my mind in ideal balance in your Circle. To you and Norman we owe great thanks for the fellowship which has helped to make life quite different for us…..”

From Dolcie and John (Round?) NALC

“In appreciation of the best humble Editor we’ve had”

From Sheena (Boogle?) Tangent

“Dear Freda,
Just a note to say how much I enjoyed your talk last night at Tangent. Your reminiscences of the early days of Circle and Round Table were fascinating – you all obviously had such fun. I don’t think us ‘young ones’ realise how much we owe to you who founded our Circle and helped to make our present Tangent such a friendly and supportive club….”

  • Marge McKinnell – East Kilbride & District 451

Marge McKinnell, member of East Kilbride and District Tangent 451. Died 15th November 2011. Very sadly missed.

  • Joan Peck – Ringwood & District 570

We were sorry to say farewell to our friend Joan Peck who sadly died on Tuesday 29th November 2011. Joan was a local girl who became very active in the Ringwood community from a young age.. Through her husband Brian’s membership of Ringwood Round Table, Joan joined Ladies Circle where she became an enthusiastic member, undertaking a number of positions including Chairman.

Joan was a founder member of Ringwood & District Tangent Club, and was chairman in 1983/4. She was very involved in the club and its success was of great importance to her. She was a true original with a keen sense of humour and an infectious laugh. Always ready to try anything, she and Brian became involved in a variety of activities with fellow Club members including camping, sailing and skiing. Imagine her on a ski lift singing at the top of her voice “The hills are alive with the sound of music”. It’s a wonder Ringwood Round Table and Tangent didn’t start an avalanche!

There are so many memories of happy days and everyone with whom Joan was involved will have their own. Joan’s sons Andrew and Rod were a very important part of her life. They gave a wonderful tribute to her at the funeral service which ended with the poignant song “We’ll Meet Again.” Our deepest sympathy goes to Brian, Andrew and Rod and their families. Joan will be greatly missed by them and all her friends.

  • Bobbie Burns

Saturday 22 October 2011 saw the passing of Bobbie Burns (1927-2011). Poor health, and long stays with family elsewhere in the Country, meant that Bobbie’s attendance over the past few years had been sporadic but we always kept in touch. Bobbie loved the time spent with her Tangent friends and declared her last visit to us on our 40th anniversary “a lovely happy occasion with friends old and new”. Sadly missed by all of her friends and family.
Following a short illness.

  • Anne Brayne – Taunton 199

Tuesday 28th February 2012, we lost Anne Brayne (1915-2012). At 96 Anne was a wonderful role model to us all. It is only in recent years that she gave up driving her, much loved and admired, Triumph Herald and decided too that perhaps it was time to hang up her tennis racquet! Anne was tiny, less than five foot, but this did not stop her driving converted cattle truck ambulances during the London blitz and nursing soldiers from WW2 Japanese war camps on their way home to the UK in Sunderland flying boats. Anne’s zest for living and her infectious good spirits will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  • Stephanie Roberts – Ashby de la Zouch 416

Chairman Sue and members of Ashby de la Zouch Tangent Club are sad to report the sudden death of Stephanie Roberts on 28th January 2012.

Stephanie was a loyal and conscientious supporter of both Tangent and Ladies Circle during the last 35 years. She served as Circle Chairman in 1981-82 and had a very successful year as Circle Area Chairman in 1984-85 when we hosted the Midland Regional Luncheon at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

After joining Tangent Stephanie was chairman in 1993-94 followed by 12 years as treasurer – making sure we stayed in the black.

Stephanie was a dear friend to us all and will be sadly missed for her sense of humour and warm personality.

Our sympathies go to her husband John.

  • Jean Holden – Horwich & Westhoughton 612

Jean Passed away in December from cancer.  She was an active member for many years having been our chairman twice. The first time was in 2001/2002 and 2005/2006.

Jean supported all our functions  attending her last meeting in March 2011.

  • Sheila Southwell-Mulvin – Portsmouth and Southsea 44

It is with great sadness that Portsmouth and Southsea Tangent No 44 report the death of longstanding and much loved member Sheila Southwell-Mulvin on March 5th 2012 after a long period of ill health. Sheila was a very enthusiastic member of Portsmouth and Southsea Circle and then of Tangent. She was Chairman in 1987/8 and again in 2000/01. She has continued to support Tangent and attended meetings whenever she was able to. We will all miss her very much and send our love and sympathy to her husband Billy and to their children, Siobhan, Joanna and Neil and to her grandchildren.

  • Margaret Collins – Camberley 277

Margaret Collins one of our Tangent members has recently passed away.

  • Doreen Burns – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland 140 is saddened to report the sudden  passing  from a stroke related illness at the age of 85 of one of our members, Doreen Burns. Doreen had been a member of Dungannon Ladies Circle before joining Tangent in 1998, Doreen’s reputation for always being late for anything she attended was reflected in the fact  that she managed to be late for her own funeral. We will miss her at our monthly lunch meetings. Her husband David predeceased her 19 years ago.

She is survived by her daughter Jacqueline, son Stephen , grandson Allister and her siblings  Marjorie, Eileen and David to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

  • Muriel Brooks – Formby  349

It is with much sadness that I report death of Muriel Brooks on 28 February 2012. Kindly acknowledge her support to Ladies Circle & Tangent over many years.

  • Jeanne Barker – Market Harborough 224

Sadly, on 17th December 2011, Jeanne Barker (1931 to 2011), a Founder Member of Market Harborough Tangent Club, passed away after a short illness.

Jeanne was an active and supportive member of our Tangent Club throughout her long and happy membership, and was Chairman in 1974/75 and 1995/96, as well as being Chairman of Market Harborough Ladies Circle in 1965. She was also involved with local Women’s Institutes and Flower Clubs, as well as being a Church Warden.

Jeanne embraced life, and will be greatly missed by everybody who knew her. However, members of Market Harborough Tangent will especially miss Jeanne’s positive approach to all she undertook and her engaging ways. We feel privileged that Jeanne touched our lives, whether it was to a lesser or greater extent and she will be sorely missed by us all.

  • Shirley Cartwright – High Wycombe 170

It is with great sadness that High Wycombe Tangent Club No.170 reports the death of their much loved member, Shirley Cartwright. Shirley put up a long and brave fight against cancer but finally lost this and passed away on September 17th 2011. Shirley was an extremely active and dedicated member of High Wycombe Ladies Circle; holding the posts of Chairman in 1972/73 and President in 1990/93. An outstanding member of High Wycombe Tangent for over 30 years; Shirley was Tangent Chairman twice, in 1983/84 and again in 2000/01. Shirley is remembered for her reliability, energy, fun, loyalty and friendship. Shirley will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  • Catherine Bailey – Oakengates 567

It is with great sadness we have to report the death of Catherine Bailey. She has fought cancer for many years. She was a member of Oakengates Circle and then Tangent since its formation thirty years ago. She was chairman twice. We will all miss her friendly, helpful personality, always willing to help others, never complaining about her illness. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

  • Peggy Hawker – Northampton Nene 519

Peggy was a founder member and three times chairman of Northampton Tangent, a club which joined together with Northampton Nene some years ago. In addition to being a very active and committed Tangent member she also undertook a great deal of work in the community. She was a social worker by profession and in her own time set up ‘Footlights’, a drama group for people with various types of disability. She was also a member of the Mothers Union and travelled the world in support of its aims. She was ill for some time and sadly died in November 2011 at the age of 84.

  • Jean Rees – Tettenhall 332

Jean Rees died on 26th December, having suffered ill health for four years. Despite her health, Jean attended Tettenhall Tangent Club No 332 and was quietly supportive over several years.

Jean was originally from South Wales but moved to the Midlands with her husband, Ken, who worked in banking. Apart from her sons, Jon and Nick and their families, Jean’s other love was Bridge.

A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held on 24th February.

  • Mary Spraggon – Aylesbury 481

It is with great sadness that we announce that Mary died on Sunday 18 December 2011. Mary was one of the first members of our club which was founded in September 1977. She was chairman 5 times and was always an active and involved member. She will be sadly missed by us all. Our sympathies go to her husband Bill.

  • Jean Claris – Minehead 216

It is with sadness we report the death of Jean Claris on 24th November after a long and brave fight with cancer. Jean had been Chairman in 1981-82 and was a very supportive member of our club. Her help and friendship will be missed and our thoughts are with her family at this time.

  • Sheila Clatworthy – Wythall 681

Founder chairman in 1975 of Wythall Tangent 681

  • Sheila Hart
  • Enid Brocklesby
  • Jane Robinson

It is with great sadness that Brigg and District Tangent 649 announce the deaths of three of their members.

Sheila Hart, who had been a member of Brigg Ladies Circle before joining Brigg and District Tangent.

Enid Brocklesby was also a member of Brigg Ladies Circle, before becoming the Founder Secretary of Brigg and District Tangent
and Jane Robinson who was a founder member of both Brigg Ladies Circle and Brigg and District Tangent.

Thoughts are with the friends and families of Sheila, Enid and Jane.

  • Irene Turnbull – Banbury 84

It is with sadness that Banbury Tangent Club 84 announces the sudden death of Irene in August this year. An active member and Past Chairman (2001-2002), she will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with her family.

  • Dorothy Bennett – Bradford Fairfax 139

It is with sadness that Bradford Fairfax Tangent 139 announce the death of Past Chairman Dorothy Bennett who sadly passed away on Tuesday 16th September 2014.

  • Barbara Caple – Leicester Tangent 152

It is with sadness that Leicester Tangent 152 announces the death of BARBARA CAPLE on 4th November, 2014.

  • Anne Jones – Shrewsbury Tangent 24

Shrewsbury Tangent 24 regret to announce the sad death of Anne Jones who fought her illness for many years with bravery, never complaining.

  • Susan Angela Evans – Rotherham 43

It is with much sadness that Rotherham Tangent 43 announces the death of Sue Evans on the 17th June 2014 just 9 days before her 65th birthday, after an illness bravely borne for nearly 3 years.

Sue joined Rotherham Ladies Circle in 1978 , she was at the heart of both Circle and Tangent including that of Chairman both Rotherham Ladies Circle and Rotherham Tangent 1999-2000.

Sue was a tower of strength and reliability to her family and friends, and is greatly missed by her husband John, daughters Jane and Sally and her much loved grand-children, and her many friends.

  • Carole Elaine Townend – Rotherham 43

It is with much sadness that Rotherham Tangent 43 announces the death of another of our members, Carole Townend who died on the 21st June 2014 at the age of just 53, after an illness bravely borne for some 18 months.

Carole was a very caring person, a nurse who chose to specialise in the care of the long term mentally ill, she had a great sense of humour and inner strength. She is greatly missed by her two daughters, Larna and Nicky , family and friends.

It was a great honour to have known both Sue and Carole and they will be greatly missed by all who knew them.

  • Patricia Ann Hairsnape 5th May 1937 – 3rd September 2014

Pat HairsnapeIt is with much sadness that Rainford Tangent 691 announces the death of Pat on 3rd September 2014 , after a short illness. This was also her 54th Wedding Anniversary. Pat held several offices in Tangent, these being Secretary in 1987/88, Treasurer in 2002/03 and Chairman in both 2004/5 and 2008/9. She was an intelligent and knowledgeable lady with an entertaining and dry sense of humour. It was unusual for her to miss a meeting. We will miss her sense of humour and her enthusiasm.

Pat was very much the heart of her family and will be greatly missed by her Husband Mike and children Jonathan, Simon and Elizabeth, and her much loved grandchildren Matthew and Rebecca.

  • Doreen Carr – Barnsley 70

It is with heartfelt sadness, that Barnsley Tangent Club 70 reports the passing in May 2014 of a well loved, great friend and active member of our club, Doreen Carr aged 91.

  • Daphne Madden -Tettenhal 332

Tettenhal Tangent 332 regret to announce the death of Daphne Madden on 12th March 2014 at the age of 84.

Daphne had a son and four daughters who shared their happy memories, including her time in Circle and Tangent, at her funeral service. She was Chair of Tettenhall Ladies Circle in 1972 – 73, Chair of Tangent, 1985 – 86 and was President of Ladies Circle at the same time that her daughter, Alison, was Chairman in 1995. Daphne was always a warm and supportive member before illness prevented her attendance at meetings.

  • Pat Morris -Tettenhall 332

It is also with sadness that we report the death of Pat Morris on 29th March at the age of 88. Pat had originally been a Circle member in Matlock before moving to Tettenhall and joining Circle there, she was very active and served as Honorary President, she then moved into a recently formed Tangent and served as Tangent Chairman during 1987 – 88.

Pat always had a ready smile and a common sense approach to everything. She was a very keen Tangent member who attended until illness prevented her. But there was a warm welcome for any of her friends who visited her at home, in hospital or finaly her nursing home.

  • Wendy McKenzie – Rayleigh & District 135

It is with heartfelt sadness, that Rayleigh & District Tangent Club reports the passing of a great friend and member of our club, Wendy McKenzie. Wendy died on 27 December 2013, after an illness, bravely borne.

Wendy joined Rayleigh & District Ladies Circle in 1982 and was Chairman of both Circle (1989-1990) and Tangent club (2002-2003). Wendy threw herself into every aspect of life, and Circle & Tangent were no exception. She dressed up in costumes, baked, trekked, organised events and supported everyone and everything.

Wendy was a Cambridge graduate, an inspirational teacher, lovely friend, wife, mother and Nana, who will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband David, her daughters and grandchildren.

  • Kim Lord – Rayleigh & District 135

Rayleigh & District Tangent Club are sad to report the passing of our newest member, Kim Lord. Kim had been a member of Tangent for a relatively short time, but we had come to love her cheery smile, her determination, enthusiasm and zest for life. Our thoughts are with her partner Chris and her family.

  • Lynda Hughes – Waterloo 523

It is with great sadness that Waterloo Tangent announces that one of their members, Lynda Hughes sadly passed away on 7th March 2014.

Lynda was a very active and supportive member of Waterloo Tangent, a keen golfer who had won the Area Golf Competition. She had been a member of Ladies Circle and was Chairman twice.

  • Marjorie Robinson – Bootle Crosby and District 148

Bootle, Crosby and District Tangent would like to announce the death of Marjorie Robinson, who was a Founder member of the club. Marjorie had also been Ladies Circle President in 1959/60 and International Ladies Circle President in 1960/61. She is sadly missed.

  • Jan Mulqueen – Sunderland Tangent 795, Angels of the North 907, National President Tangent 2009 – 10, Community Services Officer NALC 1997-98,Chairman Area 16 NALC

Jan MulqueenSunderland and Angels of the North Tangents are deeply saddened and shocked at the very sudden death of Jan Mulqueen. Jan had just returned from the Annual Conference at Bournemouth where she’d thoroughly enjoyed catching up with her very many, valued friends and partying as only she could. She was particularly happy that “my Eddie” was there too.

A past area chairman of NALC area 16, Jan’s enthusiasm for Circling grew into her love for Tangent. She was passionate about living life to the full, making friends wherever she went both in the UK and internationally.

Her passion for international carried on into her year as IPP when she was instrumental in shaping the first MoU on which Tangent International has been built. Jan was, quite rightly, very proud of what she helped to achieve. She was also closely involved in building on, and strengthening, the ties of the ‘Round Table Family’.

As long standing member of Sunderland Tangent she has been one of their driving forces for many years and was grateful for their support when she stood for the role of national Vice President and which continued in her role as National President. She was also very close to Houghton-le-Spring Tangent, had fun with them and valued their friendship.

Jan would always encourage everyone to take part in whatever was on offer – whether it was a regional lunch, charity event, a club open night or her favourite weekend away at Conference.

A founder member of Angels of the North, which grew out of friendships made running the Party Tyne conference, Jan was always there to listen and would share her wealth of experience whenever asked.

One of the many tributes to Jan said: ‘Great picture, bet you can’t find one where she’s not smiling.’ We looked and we can’t.
Jan was always there with a bright smile and a warm hug; one of our brightest lights, her vitality, sense of fun and commitment, will be sadly missed. Our heartfelt condolences go to her husband Eddie and their family.

  • Mary Cusack – Cleeve Hill 493

Founder Member Cleeve Hill 493, Early Member Cleeve Hill Ladies Circle.

  • Shirley Ann Christmas – New Milton 120

It is with great sadness that New Milton Tangent announce the sudden death of Shirley in January this year. She was an active member and a past Chairman in 2003/04 and will be sadly missed by all of us. Our thoughts are with her husband Colin and family and we send them our condolences.

  • Marjorie Holmes – Banbury 84

It is with much sadness that Banbury Tangent Club announces the death of founder member Marjorie Holmes (Chairman 1970-1972). She will be greatly missed by us all.

  • Sue Collins – Farnham 469

It is with great sadness that we have to advise the death of Sue Collins on 3 February 2014, after a long illness. She was such a good friend, always there to support Tangent, and always cheerful. She will be much missed.

Sue was Chairman of Farnham Tangent 2003/04, Chairman Farnham Ladies Circle 1985/86 and President Farnham Ladies Circle 1994/95.

She transferred in to Farnham from Gordano Valley in Portishead, Bristol in February 1980. She also regularly supported Area and National meetings.

  • Pauline Coates – Rainford 691

Pauline CoatesPauline Coates, A founder member of Rainford Circle and later Rainford Tangent. She took several secretarial and treasury positions and in 2012/2013 was a very well respected Chairman of Tangent. She loved the job and was very keen to do it again, but unfortunately became extremely ill and lost her fight for life on the 5″‘ February 2014.

Pauline will be greatly missed by all the members of Rainford Tangent and our sympathies go to her sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

  • Eleonore Ridge – Alsager 299

ELEONORE : A LIFE AND A LEGACY

On a momentous evening in 1972 a group of ladies were sitting round a table in a Chinese restaurant in Crewe, Cheshire discussingwhether or not to establish a Tangent Club in Alsager. The unanimous decision was a resounding yes. One of the ladies turned to Eleanor and asked “Will you be our first Chairman?”. “Yes” replied Eleanor and here was history repeating itself for in 1961 Eleonore had agreed to be the first Chairman of Alsager Ladies Circle.

In May 1973 Eleonore was installed as the founder Chairman of Alsager Tangent Club no 299. What an amazing legacy to leave to both our town and our Associations. So many women have benefitted from her dedication to enabling and preserving friendships, caring for those in need and encouraging an active participation in our meetings and events both locally and nationally. Eleonore personified every principle that our Associations strive touphold but her commitment to continuing friendship will be carried forward by Alsager Tangent Club as long as it exists.

Thank you Eleonore.

  • Jean Tonge – Aireborough 75

Our members said goodbye to a much loved member Jean Tonge who was circle chairman, Area 23 chairman and Area Extension Officer. She was also Tangent chairman in 1976/77 and 1992/93. Jean was always cheerful and positive during a long illness. Much missed.

Rose Purdy
Chairman Aireborough Tangent 75.

  • Eve Smaylen – Sutton Park 363

It is with great sadness that Sutton Park Tangent Club announce the death of Eve Smaylen on the 21st December 2013. Eve was a founder member of Sutton Perk Ladies Circle and of Sutton Park Tangent Club and will be greatly missed.

  • Patricia Anderson – Hornchurch 89

Patricia AndersonWe are very sad to report the death of Patricia Anderson on 27th November, a much loved and stalwart member of our club. We will all miss her friendship and loyalty. Pat transferred from East Kilbride Ladies Circle to Hornchurch in 1969 eventually joining Tangent where she held various offices including Chairman and Secretary. Our thoughts are with her lovely family.

  • May Ray – Petersfield 66

We are very sad to report the death of one of Petersfield Tangent No.66’s founder members May Ray. Mary died on the 12th January 2014 at the age of 87.

  • Helga Perry – Camberley 277

Helga was a truly lovely person.

  • Eve Smaylen – Sutton Park 363

It is with great sadness that Sutton Park Tangent Club announce the death of Eve Smaylen on the 21st December 2013.  Eve was a founder member of Sutton Perk Ladies Circle and of Sutton Park Tangent Club and will be greatly missed.

  • Janet Whitefoot – Oakengates 567

It is with great sadness Oakengates Tangent announce the sudden death of their Chairman Janet Whitefoot.

She was a founder member of Oakengates Ladies Circle and founder Chairman of Oakengates Tangent, she really was the matriarch of our Tangent and will be dearly missed.

It really has been a very sad time for her husband Neil, as soon after Janet’s death he lost his son Jeffery too.

We all send our condolences to Neil and daughter Gillian.

  • Patricia Milburn – Wolverhampton 282 & Hull Wyke Tangent 342. Chairman of Hull Wyke 1987/1988

Patricia Milburn (died) on Sunday 22nd September 2013 She will be sadly missed by all her friends.

Pat was an active member of Ladies Wolverhampton No 6 and was chairman in 1970/1971. She continued on into Tangent Wolverhampton 282 and transferred to Hull Wyke Tangent and was chairman in 1987/1988. Pat enjoyed our meetings and was always interested in everything we did. She was a good loyal friend to us all.

  • Jackie Hall – Keynsham and District 104

It is with much sadness that we have to report that Jackie sadly lost her battle with cancer on the 30th December 2013 an illness she fought with such courage and determination.

Jackie joined Downend Circle in November 1970, transferred to Devizes in October 1973 and to Keynsham in April 1980, chairing our Ladies Circle No 287 in 1982 – 1983, Area 5 in 1987 – 1988 and in 1988 -1989 Jackie served on the Ladies Circle National Executive as Badge Secretary.

Jackie joined our Tangent club in the late 1980’s but following a house move back to Devizes in 1990 she reluctantly resigned, she will be missed by the  many friends she made during her time in both Circle and Tangent and our sincere sympathies go to her husband Andrew, her children and grandchildren.

  • Kay Burgess – Billericay 402

Billericay lost one of our members today. A very popular and senior club member, Kay Burgess.

She and husband Richard had only very recently celebrated their Golden anniversary.

She will be much missed.

  • Andree Dorington-Ward – Bridport 785

Andree Dorington-Ward – Past Chairman Bridport 785

  • Elizabeth Rowan – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland Tangent Club No. 140 regrets to report the death of long-standing member Elizabeth Rowan. Elizabeth was a valued member who did not like to miss a meeting or social gathering. Described as “a very feisty lady” during a recent tribute she had suffered poor health for several years but did not allow her condition to prevent her enjoying life as best she could. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and fellow members.

  • Lynn Butter – City of Truro 331

It is with great sadness that City of Truro Tangent Club have to announce that Lynn Butter passed away on 12th June 2013 after a short illness. It was a great shock to all her family and friends.

Lynn joined the City of Truro Ladies Circle in the early 1970s and then moved onto Tangent where she was chairman in 1992/1993. Lynn was an active member of the club, always in the background quietly helping our meetings to run smoothly. She will be remembered for her happy, smiling face and her quiet efficient manner.

She spent a lot of her time in her beautiful garden, which she recently opened to raise money for the Cornwall Hospice Trust [Mount Edgcumbe] where sadly she spent her last few days.

Tangent will miss Lynn very much. Our sympathies go out to Dick, her husband and her sons Steve and Chris and their families.

  • Joyce Miller – Pudsey 424

We are sad to announce the death of Joyce Miller, aged 94, founder member of both Pudsey Ladies Circle and Pudsey Tangent Club. An active member of Tangent until retiring in 2010.

She will be sadly missed.

  • Catherine Smith – Linlitgow 328

It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that Linlithgow Tangent 328 has lost another dear friend – the 3rd in 6 months!

  • Patricia Stephen – Stokesley & Yarm 726

It is with great sadness that we announce that Pat Stephen passed away on 29th July 2013.

Pat was the quintessential gentlewoman. Wife to retired Local GP, George , a mother & grandmother. Pat worked as a teacher, which included interesting positions overseas.

She was chairman in 2011 when we celebrated our 25th Anniversary, a past member of Circle and Stockton Tangent.
She had a quiet dignity and will be greatly missed by her friends in Tangent. As one of our members (three score years & ten) frequently remarked. “ When I grow up I want to be like Pat”.

What a legacy to leave behind.

  • Eileen Manley and Sheila Gatehouse – Downend 177

Both Sheila and Eileen were very keen, early members of Downend Ladies Circle. Sheila, the second Chairman in 1966 stayed until her husband’s illness then returned many years later as a Tangent member.

Eileen, another active and lively member hosted many great parties and a most memorable occasion was both Eileen and Sheila together giving a great dance rendition of Joyce Grenfell’s ‘Stately as a Galleon’!

When Tangent numbers were few in the early years, these two wonderful members remained cheerful and positive and played very active roles. They will be sadly missed by their many friends.

  • Louise McDowell – Chepstow and District 628

Chepstow and District Tangent club are very sad to announce that Louise McDowell passed away on the 12th of June 2013. She was ill for only a short while, her courage and strength over this period was inspiring. Louise was Chairman of our Tangent club twice in 1986/87 and again in 2009/10. She was an enthusiastic and active member, having been secretary on numerous occasions. Her husband, Ron, passed away 7 years ago and he was a past Chairman of 41 club. Louise leaves behind Rachel and Adrian who took such great care of their mum during her illness. Louise will be greatly missed by us all.

Market Drayton 327

Kerry Davies

Kay Dean

  • June Cornall – Wadebridge & District 643

June CornallJune was  an active and valued member of Wadebridge Community, oneof her proudest achievements was becoming a member of the Town Council, serving for 15 years.

June joined Tangent on the 8th September 1988.
She was chairman:

  • 1991-1992
  • 1995-1996
  • 1996-1997
  • 2005-2006
  • 2012-2013 when she had to retire due to ill health.

The highlight of this time was as Mayor  from1997-1999 which she considered a real honour and took her duties very seriously.

She was also involved in a number of local organisations including Tangent, Archery and The Bowling Club. She was also a committee member involved in fund raising for the building and running  of the New Children’s Hospice – Little Harbour.

She acted as Wardrobe Mistress for the local Music and Drama Group and until recently sang in a local ladies’ Barbershop chorus. June was a very busy lady but always had time for everyone.

  • Diane Goodwin – Caversham 532

It is with deep sadness that Caversham Tangent reports the death of one of its founder members, Diane Goodwin, who died on 20 March 2013.

Di, as she was affectionately known, was also a founder member of Caversham Ladies Circle which was formed in 1970.

During her 43 years with our two organisations, Di was a committed, loyal and enthusiastic member of our clubs. Apart from her times as Chairman of both Circle and Tangent, Di took on just about every role that she could – from Raffle Lady to Fund Raising Chairman to Social Chairman and anything in between.

She will be best remembered for her acute sense of fun and throwing herself wholeheartedly into every event, making newcomers welcome and encouraging them to have as much fun as they could. Whether dressed as a tramp for a fancy dress party, or in a ball gown for a Ladies Night, Di always played her part to the full – a lady with a great sense of occasion.

Even during her latter years when she became poorly, Di still maintained as regular an attendance as possible which is to her great credit and fortitude.

She is greatly missed by our Club and of course by her family – husband Michael, daughter Susan, sons David and Jonathan, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Very fond memories of Diane will live on.

  • Marjorie Humphrey – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland Tangent Club No. 140 regrets to announce the death of our Founder President Marjorie Humphrey.  Although Marjorie moved to live in the  Isle of Man some years ago she kept in touch with First in Ireland and was an Honorary Member until her resignation due to failing health. l She was a welcome visitor to the Irish Regional Luncheon each year until unable to travel.  Our sympathy is extended to her two daughters and wider family circle.

  • Mary Gaye – Felixstowe 279

Mary Gaye died on 24th April.  She will be much missed.

  • Annette Garbett – Bridgnorth 587

Past Chairman and Founder member of Bridgnorth Tangent No587,passed away in march 2013 after a long illness bravely borne.

  • Sheila Postins – Daventry & District 770 – Past National President and Past National Secretary

Sheila PostinsIt is with deep sadness that we report the death of Sheila on 5th June 2013. Sheila was a member of Daventry Ladies Circle where she was Chairman and then Area Chairman before joining Tangent. Her first initiation to the Tangent Executive was in a new position as Secretary Elect where she learnt the skills required to take on the duties as Secretary of the Association. During this period she had surgery for breast cancer and due to the friendship,support and prayers she experienced from fellow members, far and wide, she decided she must recognise the importance Tangent took in her recovery by standing for National President.

Sheila was always ready for a challenge – always with a project on the horizon and full of enthusiasm to carry it through. Those of us who had the pleasure of working with her on the Executive and knew her in her private life knew she would never stop until the task was fulfilled – always with a smile – full of ideas for the good of the Association. We were all inspired by her drive and energy.

Her love of sunshine took her to Cyprus where she and Chris had a property built to her specification, where she could enjoy visits from family and friends, who were always welcome. She was hospitable to all – enjoying life to the full.

Her last big function was to attend the Midland’s Lunch in February happily supporting the type of occasion she had always enjoyed. Her health deteriorated from then on and sadly she was unable to win the ultimate challenge.

Chris & Sheila celebrated their Golden Wedding in 2012 when family and friends had a wonderful day – we send our heartfelt condolences to Chris, Stephen & Pippa, Caroline & Nick and those dear grandchildren Sophia, Sacha and Frankie to whom Sheila was so devoted.

We have all lost a great friend – one whose impact on Tangent was immense – an inspiration to us all.

Thank you Sheila for your time with us.

  • Brenda Cowell – Wotton-Under-Edge & District 534

On 16th January 2013 Wotton-Under-Edge & District Tangent 534 said a sad farewell to one of its Founder Members. Brenda Cowell was a stalwart member of the Club having been Chairman and Secretary and a supporter of all of the Club’s activities.

Brenda was always there to offer advice, help and friendship to all who had the privilege of knowing her. She not only supported all Tangent events but was also involved in many voluntary organizations in the town and thus will also be missed by the wider community.She was an avid green fingered gardener and superb needlewoman.

Brenda adored her family and supported husband Tony in everything he was involved in. We all miss her greatly.

  • Colleen Jefferies – Keynsham and District No 104

It is with much sadness that we have to report that Colleen sadly lost her battle with cancer on the 5th April 2013 an illness she fought with such courage and determination.

Colleen was a founder member of both our Ladies Circle No 287 (1957) and Tangent (1967), chairing Circle in 1965 – 1966, Area 5 in 1970 – 1971 and Tangent 1976 – 1977. She attended her last Tangent meeting with us in February, such an inspiration in her reluctance to give in to her illness, we shall all miss her enthusiasm, experience and friendship, a lifelong supporter of the Conservative Party she would have found it amusing that her funeral was on the same day as Lady Thatcher.

Our sincere sympathies go to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Sheena Woodhouse – Linlithgow 328
  • Margaret Cowie – Linlithgow 328

Founder member.

  • Jeanette Rees – Mumbles 852
  • Margaret Constance Cooke – Pinner 171 & Henley-on-Thames 568

Margaret died peacefully on 26th March 2013 in Bournbemouth aged 79. Formerly of Pinner Tangent & Henley on Thames. Loving wife of David, much loved mother of Bernard, Tony & Christine. Following in her footsteps are her daughter Christine & recently her grandaughter Jeni, who are both members of Bushey & Oxhey Tangent & Circle respectively.

  • Patricia Weakley – Leicester 152

PATRICIA WEAKLEY, a Founder Member of Leicester Tangent Club 152, died on 17th April, 2013 aged 90 years.

  • Helen Parkinson – Norwich 233

Founder Member.

  • Betty Gayson – Moseley 133

On behalf of Moseley Tangent Club 133 could I please record the death of BETTY GRAYSON (1922-2013).

Betty was a Past Chairman of Moseley Circle 200, Area Circle Chairman and founder member of Moseley Tangent Club.

  • Marie Simmons – Grantham and District 550

Marie Simmons Poem

We are very sorry to say that we have recently lost one of the Founder members of our club, Marie Simmons and she will be sadly missed.

The poem was written by another of our Founder members, Val Odell.

Elland 535. It is with much sadness that we announce the deaths of two of our members who were great friends to each other.

  • Susan Marshall – Elland 535

dilys-and-sueSue, aged 70, passed away on the 27th September 2012, after a very short illness.

Sue joined Elland Ladies Circle in the early 70’s and was Chairman in 1974/75 and then President twice in 1983/83 and 2006/7.

She was a keen and active member of Elland Tangent and was always full of fun and friendship.

In addition to Tangent, she had many interests and hobbies, one of which was a supporter of Overgate Hospice, where she was involved in its opening and worked as a volunteer for many years.

A scented garden will be dedicated in the Hospice grounds in her memory.

  • Dilys Longbottom – Elland 535

Dilys, aged 74, passed away on the 9th March 2013, after a long illness.

Dilys was a long standing member of Elland Ladies Circle and was Chairman in 1977/78, before “retiring” to Elland Tangent where she was Chairman in 1982/83.

She was involved in many community projects in Elland and had a lively, outgoing personality which sustained her throughout her long illness.

  • Penny Snook – Bletchley 111

It is with much sadness that we have to report the death of Penny Snook of Bletchley Tangent on 15th January 2013.

Penny was Chairman of Bletchley Tangent in 1986 and the again in 2008, she was an active and much loved member who’s home was always open for Tangent events she will be sadly missed.

Each life touches this world in a way no others can, leaving not only wonderful memories but lasting imprints in our hearts.

  • Gill Creed – City of Wells 747
  • Veronica Richardson – Harpenden 137

Harpenden Tangent 137 are sad to record the death of our member Veronica Richardson on 9th January 2013.

Veronica was Chairman of Tangent in 1996-97 and Circle Chairman in 1968-67

  • Dorothy Neary – Ulverston 235
  • Jenny Kidner – Oswestry 767
  • Violet Elizabeth Lloyd – Morecambe & Heysham 90
  • Audrey Fabian – Porthcawl 119

Audrey Fabian was a loyal member of Porthcawl Ladies Circle and Tangent club 119 and her sudden death in December was a shock and great loss to her husband Clayton and family.

Audrey was a lovely, kind and thoughtful and she joined in all our activities and she will be greatly missed by us and especially by her life long Tangent friends whom she had known since the early days of Porthcawl Ladies circle.

God bless you Audrey.

  • Beryl Evans – Warrington 162
  • Sue Marshall – Elland 535

Sue MarshallSue was a very active member of our club, a very elegant lady who was the life and soul of any meeting.

One of her close friends has put together this brief obituary:

Sue was a very active member of our club, a very elegant lady who was the life and soul of any meeting.

One of her close friends has put together this brief obituary:

  • Elizabeth Morris – Founder Member – Whitley Bay 17

It is with much sadness that Whitley Bay Tangent have to announce the death of Founder Member Elizabeth Morris at the age of 98.

Elizabeth was an enthusiastic and supportive member of Tangent who used to keep us all amused with her stories and anecdotes.

She will be much missed

  • Joan ‘Jo’ Carter – Bury St Edmunds 187 and Harlow 144

It is with sadness that the Tangent Clubs of Bury St Edmunds (No. 187) and Harlow (No. 144) report the sudden death of a much loved member, Jo Carter, on 21st November, 2012, at her home in Risby.

Whilst living in Harlow in the late 1950’s, Jo and her veterinary surgeon husband, John, became involved with Round Table and Ladies Circle and John, supported by Jo, set up the first veterinary clinic in the new town. Earlier, Jo had begun her career in the civil service and later became a stewardess with British European Airways flying in Dakotas, Vikings and Elizabethans all over Europe. Jo never lost her interest in flying. Following some time in Canada, she, John, and their three children returned to the UK and moved to Bury St Edmunds where Jo became involved with Tangent both there and in Harlow.

Jo was a very conscientious member of Tangent and was twice Chairman of the Bury St Edmunds Club (1995-96 and 2008-09) and twice Chairman of Harlow (1989-90 and 2007-08). She enjoyed attending National Conferences and she and John were keen participants of national and regional camping events.

A very keen swimmer, cyclist, and gardener, Jo also found time for country dancing, caravanning and badminton. Typically, whilst fully involving herself in the life of Risby village and its church, she was always willing to help others.

John predeceased Jo, dying in January 2011. Jo will be sadly missed by her family and her many friends in Tangent.

  • Valerie Berry – founder member Hutton & Shenfield 666

It is with deep regret that I have to advise you that our dear member Valerie Berry passed away on the l3th November at the age of 71 year. She was a founder member of Hutton & Shenfield Tangent Club No. 666 and was Chairman in the year 1989/1990, and previously a member and Chairman of our Ladies Circle.

  • Ronnie Wells – Cuffley 278

We were very sad to lose Ronnie Wells in January 2012.  She had been a Circle & Tangent member since 1971.

  • Jane Thomas.- Founder Member of Chepstow & District 628

Jane was aged 64 and died on the 23rd of October 2012 after a long illness. She was past Circle Chairman and had also been our Tangent Chairman and was the loving wife of Spencer and much loved mother of Richard and Lucy and dear Grandmother to Sophie, Charlie, Thomas and Alice.

She was a very popular member of Tangent and we all miss her hugely.

  • Caroline Batterbury – Coulsdon & Purley 36
  • Rosemary Welch – Canterbury 93

Rosemary sadly passed away in November 2012 after a brave fight against cancer. She was an active member, and Past Chairman of both Canterbury Tangent and Ladies Circle. She had a wonderful sense of fun and will be greatly missed by us all.

  • Angela Clifford – City of Truro 331

It is with great sadness that we have to advise you that Angela Clifford passed away on !st November 2012 after a long illness.She fought her illness courageously. She was forever optimistic – her glass was always half full, never half empty.

Angela and her husband, Tim, moved to the Isles of Scilly in 1968 where she joined Ladies Circle. She then progressed on to Tangent and when the family moved to Truro Angela transferred to City of Truro Tangent Club No 331 where she was a loyal and valuable member.

She was a very brave lady and she will sadly be missed by us all.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out Tim and their children Christopher, Charles and Eleanor and also not forgetting the grandchildren.

  • Margaret Randfield – Founder Member – Kinder 289
  • Dorothy Churchill – Luton 154
  • Dorothy was Chairman 1973/74
  • Pauline Bradley – Secretary Luton 154
  • Julie Hayes – Warrington 162
  • Jan Appleyard – Aireborough 375

Very sadly Aireborough Tangent 375 have to announce the death of our Chairman Jan Appleyard.  She fought a brave battle against lung cancer for almost two years.  As well as Tangent Jan was involved with Wharfedale branch of Yorkshire Cancer Research.  She was an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed.

  • Rita Moon – Stockton-on-Tees and District 479

It is with regret we note the death on 1st  November 2012 of Rita Moon a past Chairman of Stockton-on-Tees and District Tangent Club No 479.

  • Betty White – Sutton Coldfield 7

It is with sadness that we report the death of Betty White a long standing member of Sutton Coldfield Ladies Circle and Sutton Coldfield Tangent Club. Betty was a very active member of both Clubs a Past Chairman and also held many offices within Circle and Tangent . Betty’s sight had deteriorated over the past years and she had been in poor health. Betty is survived by husband Don, children and grandchildren.

  • Sheila Longden – Sutton Coldfield 7

We are very sorry to have to tell of the sudden death of Sheila Longden, Sheila transferred from Ipswich Ladies Circle to Sutton Coldfield Tangent Club and was a very active member taking up the position of Chairman very soon after joining when the current Chairman was suddenly taken ill. Sheila was a young vibrant member of the Club a breath of fresh air to us all. She will be sorely missed.

  • Beryl Mackay – Farnham 469

Beryl was a lovely lady who passed away very suddenly on 5th August.  She was an active member of Farnham Tangent and is missed by us all.

  • Doreen White – Founder Chairman Swanage – 208
  • Diana Vine – Founder Member Swanage – 208
  • Jill Harris – Axe Valley 639 & Didcot (closed)

She was a lovely lady and will be sorely missed. She leaves a husband Don and two children with grandchildren who were obviously devoted to her. She had a long and courageous battle with cancer and was always cheerful.

  • Diane Morgan – Hallamshire 167

Diane Morgan, who died 22 May 2012.  Diane was so full of life and very active in everything she was involved in, being our Chairman for a second time just a few years ago.  She is greatly missed by us all and our thoughts are with her husband Gren and their children and families.

  • Ann David – Porthcawl 119

Porthcawl Tangent 119 would like to record the passing of Ann David from Bridgend.  A longstanding and loyal member of Ladies Circle and then Tangent, she will be remembered with fondness by friends in South Wales Tangent Clubs and also Hawick in Scotland.

  • Kathleen Mead – Potters Bar

Kathleen Mead passed away on 08/08/2012

  • Betty Naylor – Elland 535

Betty Naylor of Elland 535 and will be missed by her many friends in Tangent.

  • Jean De’Ruyter – Shrewsbury 24

It is with sadness that Shrewsbury 24 report the death of Jean De’Ruyter on July 27th, aged 86, after many brave months of illness.

  • Mavis Isted – Lymington 336

Lymington are sad to report the death of a fellow member of both Circle and Tangent – Mavis Isted. Mavis was a friendly but private person, and was a real gentle lady. She had been ill for about 18th months and sadly had not been able to attend meetings, but the girls kept in touch with her, giving all the news and gossip.

 

  • Joan Miller – Harpenden 137

Harpenden Tangent 137 are sad to inform you that our Founder Chairman, Joan Mary Miller, passed away on 30th April 2012 age 91.  Joan was a very respected member of our Club which she helped to form in 1968 and was the wife of Past National President of 41 Club Eric Miller.

  • Paddy Hollins – Tettenhall 332 & Stratford Upon Avon 740

Paddy Hollins who was in both Tettenhall 332 & Stratford Upon Avon 740

  • Sheila Hall – Leyland 234

Leyland Tangent Club 234 were sorry to hear of the death of one of our founder members Mrs. Sheila Hall, she was a life honorary membermuch respected and will be sadly missed.

  • Margaret Herbert – Bishopbriggs & Kirkintilloch 511

It is with great sadness we report the death of Margaret Herbert of Bishopbriggs & Kirkintilloch 511

  • Margaret Miller – Porthcawl 119

It is with great sorrow that  Porthcawl Tangent 119  have to announce the death of Margaret Miller. Margaret was a loyal member of Ladies Circle and Tangent for many years. She was greatly respected as a person and as a doctor and will be missed by her loving family and friends.

  • Janet Sparkes – Porthcawl 119

Porthcawl Tangent Club No 119 sadly announce the death of Janet Sparkes who was a loyal member and supporter and who will be missed by all fellow members and friends.

  • Maureen Sedgwick – Porthcawl 119

It is with great sadness that Porthcawl Tangent Club 119 announce the death of Maureen Sedgwick who was a loyal member of both Ladies Circle and Tangent and whose wonderful sense of fun always kept us laughing.  Mo attended every meeting until her illness sadly curtailed her movements. She will be greatly missed by us all and our thoughts and prayers are with Gerald and family.

  • Mary Pibworth – Camberley 270

Sadly Camberley Tangent has to announce the death of Mary Pibworth after a short illness.

Mary joined Camberley Ladies Circle in 1958 and during her time in Ladies Circle was Area Chairman of Area 8. In fact she was the last unelected Chairman of Area 8.

She was Chairman of Camberley Tangent in 1987/88 and was President of our Club from 2007 until her death.

Mary was a nurse and midwife during her career and put these skills to good use during the war. She had lots of interests including Bridge and gardening and loved performing in Camus which is Camberley Music Society. She loved getting involved in charity work and also was a member of Camberley Inner Wheel.

Mary died peacefully in her sleep on 21st May 2012 aged 91 and will be sadly missed by her family and many friends – a lovely lady.

  • Margaret Hale – Portsmouth and Southsea Tangent No 44

It is with great regret that we have to report the sudden death of our longstanding member Margaret Hale. Margaret died on May 29th 2012. She was a very enthusiastic member of Portsmouth and Southsea Ladies Circle and moved on to Tangent in 1971. She was a great supporter of all our events and in 2011 enjoyed celebrating her 80th birthday and joining in with our 50th anniversary lunch. Margaret’s husband David died in 1994 and she always said how grateful she was to Tangent and her many friends at that time. Our thoughts are with her daughter Alison, her son Peter and her 2 grand-daughters. She will be much missed by us all.

  • Ruth O’Donoghue – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland Tangent Club 140 is saddened to report the recent death of Ruth O’Donoghue who joined First in Ireland in the year 2000 having been a member of Newry Ladies’ Circle.  Ruth had, apparently, made a good recovery from major surgery but sadly passed away after a further short illness.  A quiet. reserved lady, Ruth will, nevertheless, be much missed by all her fellow members. A widow,she is survived by a daughter, Adele, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

  • Joyce Ellen Hall – Wigan 129 & Lymington 336

Joyce HallIt is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Joyce Ellen Hall on 14th November 2011.

Joyce came, with her husband John to Wigan from Lymington, where she was also in Tangent to be nearer to her family because of deteriorating health due to Parkinsons Disease.

They found a bungalow close to her daughter Jo and Family. Sadly just a few months after moving up her husband John died suddenly. He had brought Joyce to her first meeting at Tangent and died the following week. This meant she had to leave her bungalow and go into a nursing home. This did not deter Joyce one bit, although distraught at losing her husband, with the help of one of our members Sue Hirst, who became very close to her, she attended as many meetings as possible going to the cinema, playing bingo and having meals out, all with gusto.

She enjoyed everything we did and she always made us laugh as her wit was second to none. We all enjoyed her company very much and she will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her daughters Jo and Kate and their families

  • Milda Richardson – Forfar Tangent 644

Milda transfered to Forfar Ladies Circle from Edinburgh Pentlands and was a founder Vice-chairman of Forfar Tangent. Milda had many interests, the greatest of these were her six grandchildren.

Our sympathies go to husband George and children Callum, Catriona and Nicola.

She will be sadly missed by us all.

  • Eileen Duff – Forfar Tangent 644

Eileen was a native of Forfar and joined Forfar Ladies Circle as a young bride on her marriage to Bill.

She was a founder member of Forfar Tangent and a past chairman.

Eileen was a lady with a very busy life who liked nothing more than having her family round her.

She was pre-deceased by husband Bill in 1998.

Our sympathies go to children Gillian, Suzanne and John and her six grandchildren.

She will be sadly missed by us all.

  • Freda Radcliffe – Sutton Coldfield 7

Freda RadcliffeIt is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Freda Radcliffe on 15th June aged 90. She was Ladies Circle National Editor in the days when everything was done by manual typewriter including the annual listings of officers of all the clubs for the directory. Freda’s daughter Judy well remembers the endless corrections with carbon paper and the mounds of directories filling a large room in the house being prepared for dispatch. (Freda is second from left in the picture of the National Executive) Judy has many other good photos of her and national and local circlers which could be scanned if wanted.

Her own chairmanship of Sutton Coldfield’s Ladies Circle in 1956-7 directly followed her husband Norman’s of Round Table – hence the cartoon. They both greatly enjoyed their clubs’ social life  – one of Judy’s earliest memories was being read ‘Mary Mouse’ stories with her in gorgeous ball gowns and smelling of perfume before they went out – and both of them took a very active part in the work and organisation of their respective clubs.  She went on to be chairman of Area 4, and then on to national office.

freda-radcliffe-laides-circleIn later years she greatly enjoyed the friendship of her fellow Tangent members and was thrilled to join in events such as the past national officers lunch at Harrogate, and more recently the Sutton Coldfield area lunch in 2009 before she joined Judy in Maldon. The current members have been assiduous in ensuring that although in a residential home over the last year she was still very much joined to them in friendship, including the sending of flowers for her 90th birthday.

Below the pictures are some extracts from the papers found when her apartment was sold which well illustrate the range of contributions she made.

It was wonderful she had the opportunity for such a life time interest.

Judy has a number of Ladies Circle items available for disposal that she had kept but is loathe to discard if there is anyone out there who would have an interest in them.

In apriciation of Freda:

From Pat (Mann?) [NALC]

“…I would like to tell you as well that I think you have made an excellent chairman. You have conducted special occasions and ordinary meetings alike with charm and efficiency and I know you have put your whole heart and soul into the job. For my part it has been an interesting and enjoyable experience and thank you for everything.”

From Richard Williams [Round Table]

“.. Ladies Circle has meant a lot to both Mollie and myself in different ways while you were in the Chair: for my part, as an outsider, I have been able to observe objectively its growth in stature, and you will take your place amongst its most worthy leaders. As with Norman when he was our Chairman, you have shown unbounded energy and enthusiasm – not only on the Dance Floor!- but also for urging others on while your hand carefully and ably held the tiller. I feel that Ladies Circle is at its best when it can at once pursue its own objects and objectives, and yet be complementary to Round Table in many of their activities. This has now been achieved to my mind in ideal balance in your Circle. To you and Norman we owe great thanks for the fellowship which has helped to make life quite different for us…..”

From Dolcie and John (Round?) NALC

“In appreciation of the best humble Editor we’ve had”

From Sheena (Boogle?) Tangent

“Dear Freda,
Just a note to say how much I enjoyed your talk last night at Tangent. Your reminiscences of the early days of Circle and Round Table were fascinating – you all obviously had such fun. I don’t think us ‘young ones’ realise how much we owe to you who founded our Circle and helped to make our present Tangent such a friendly and supportive club….”

  • Marge McKinnell – East Kilbride & District 451

Marge McKinnell, member of East Kilbride and District Tangent 451. Died 15th November 2011. Very sadly missed.

  • Joan Peck – Ringwood & District 570

We were sorry to say farewell to our friend Joan Peck who sadly died on Tuesday 29th November 2011. Joan was a local girl who became very active in the Ringwood community from a young age.. Through her husband Brian’s membership of Ringwood Round Table, Joan joined Ladies Circle where she became an enthusiastic member, undertaking a number of positions including Chairman.

Joan was a founder member of Ringwood & District Tangent Club, and was chairman in 1983/4. She was very involved in the club and its success was of great importance to her. She was a true original with a keen sense of humour and an infectious laugh. Always ready to try anything, she and Brian became involved in a variety of activities with fellow Club members including camping, sailing and skiing. Imagine her on a ski lift singing at the top of her voice “The hills are alive with the sound of music”. It’s a wonder Ringwood Round Table and Tangent didn’t start an avalanche!

There are so many memories of happy days and everyone with whom Joan was involved will have their own. Joan’s sons Andrew and Rod were a very important part of her life. They gave a wonderful tribute to her at the funeral service which ended with the poignant song “We’ll Meet Again.” Our deepest sympathy goes to Brian, Andrew and Rod and their families. Joan will be greatly missed by them and all her friends.

  • Bobbie Burns

Saturday 22 October 2011 saw the passing of Bobbie Burns (1927-2011). Poor health, and long stays with family elsewhere in the Country, meant that Bobbie’s attendance over the past few years had been sporadic but we always kept in touch. Bobbie loved the time spent with her Tangent friends and declared her last visit to us on our 40th anniversary “a lovely happy occasion with friends old and new”. Sadly missed by all of her friends and family.
Following a short illness.

  • Anne Brayne – Taunton 199

Tuesday 28th February 2012, we lost Anne Brayne (1915-2012). At 96 Anne was a wonderful role model to us all. It is only in recent years that she gave up driving her, much loved and admired, Triumph Herald and decided too that perhaps it was time to hang up her tennis racquet! Anne was tiny, less than five foot, but this did not stop her driving converted cattle truck ambulances during the London blitz and nursing soldiers from WW2 Japanese war camps on their way home to the UK in Sunderland flying boats. Anne’s zest for living and her infectious good spirits will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  • Stephanie Roberts – Ashby de la Zouch 416

Chairman Sue and members of Ashby de la Zouch Tangent Club are sad to report the sudden death of Stephanie Roberts on 28th January 2012.

Stephanie was a loyal and conscientious supporter of both Tangent and Ladies Circle during the last 35 years. She served as Circle Chairman in 1981-82 and had a very successful year as Circle Area Chairman in 1984-85 when we hosted the Midland Regional Luncheon at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

After joining Tangent Stephanie was chairman in 1993-94 followed by 12 years as treasurer – making sure we stayed in the black.

Stephanie was a dear friend to us all and will be sadly missed for her sense of humour and warm personality.

Our sympathies go to her husband John.

  • Jean Holden – Horwich & Westhoughton 612

Jean Passed away in December from cancer.  She was an active member for many years having been our chairman twice. The first time was in 2001/2002 and 2005/2006.

Jean supported all our functions  attending her last meeting in March 2011.

  • Sheila Southwell-Mulvin – Portsmouth and Southsea 44

It is with great sadness that Portsmouth and Southsea Tangent No 44 report the death of longstanding and much loved member Sheila Southwell-Mulvin on March 5th 2012 after a long period of ill health. Sheila was a very enthusiastic member of Portsmouth and Southsea Circle and then of Tangent. She was Chairman in 1987/8 and again in 2000/01. She has continued to support Tangent and attended meetings whenever she was able to. We will all miss her very much and send our love and sympathy to her husband Billy and to their children, Siobhan, Joanna and Neil and to her grandchildren.

  • Margaret Collins – Camberley 277

Margaret Collins one of our Tangent members has recently passed away.

  • Doreen Burns – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland 140 is saddened to report the sudden  passing  from a stroke related illness at the age of 85 of one of our members, Doreen Burns. Doreen had been a member of Dungannon Ladies Circle before joining Tangent in 1998, Doreen’s reputation for always being late for anything she attended was reflected in the fact  that she managed to be late for her own funeral. We will miss her at our monthly lunch meetings. Her husband David predeceased her 19 years ago.

She is survived by her daughter Jacqueline, son Stephen , grandson Allister and her siblings  Marjorie, Eileen and David to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

  • Muriel Brooks – Formby  349

It is with much sadness that I report death of Muriel Brooks on 28 February 2012. Kindly acknowledge her support to Ladies Circle & Tangent over many years.

  • Jeanne Barker – Market Harborough 224

Sadly, on 17th December 2011, Jeanne Barker (1931 to 2011), a Founder Member of Market Harborough Tangent Club, passed away after a short illness.

Jeanne was an active and supportive member of our Tangent Club throughout her long and happy membership, and was Chairman in 1974/75 and 1995/96, as well as being Chairman of Market Harborough Ladies Circle in 1965. She was also involved with local Women’s Institutes and Flower Clubs, as well as being a Church Warden.

Jeanne embraced life, and will be greatly missed by everybody who knew her. However, members of Market Harborough Tangent will especially miss Jeanne’s positive approach to all she undertook and her engaging ways. We feel privileged that Jeanne touched our lives, whether it was to a lesser or greater extent and she will be sorely missed by us all.

  • Shirley Cartwright – High Wycombe 170

It is with great sadness that High Wycombe Tangent Club No.170 reports the death of their much loved member, Shirley Cartwright. Shirley put up a long and brave fight against cancer but finally lost this and passed away on September 17th 2011. Shirley was an extremely active and dedicated member of High Wycombe Ladies Circle; holding the posts of Chairman in 1972/73 and President in 1990/93. An outstanding member of High Wycombe Tangent for over 30 years; Shirley was Tangent Chairman twice, in 1983/84 and again in 2000/01. Shirley is remembered for her reliability, energy, fun, loyalty and friendship. Shirley will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  • Catherine Bailey – Oakengates 567

It is with great sadness we have to report the death of Catherine Bailey. She has fought cancer for many years. She was a member of Oakengates Circle and then Tangent since its formation thirty years ago. She was chairman twice. We will all miss her friendly, helpful personality, always willing to help others, never complaining about her illness. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

  • Peggy Hawker – Northampton Nene 519

Peggy was a founder member and three times chairman of Northampton Tangent, a club which joined together with Northampton Nene some years ago. In addition to being a very active and committed Tangent member she also undertook a great deal of work in the community. She was a social worker by profession and in her own time set up ‘Footlights’, a drama group for people with various types of disability. She was also a member of the Mothers Union and travelled the world in support of its aims. She was ill for some time and sadly died in November 2011 at the age of 84.

  • Jean Rees – Tettenhall 332

Jean Rees died on 26th December, having suffered ill health for four years. Despite her health, Jean attended Tettenhall Tangent Club No 332 and was quietly supportive over several years.

Jean was originally from South Wales but moved to the Midlands with her husband, Ken, who worked in banking. Apart from her sons, Jon and Nick and their families, Jean’s other love was Bridge.

A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held on 24th February.

  • Mary Spraggon – Aylesbury 481

It is with great sadness that we announce that Mary died on Sunday 18 December 2011. Mary was one of the first members of our club which was founded in September 1977. She was chairman 5 times and was always an active and involved member. She will be sadly missed by us all. Our sympathies go to her husband Bill.

  • Jean Claris – Minehead 216

It is with sadness we report the death of Jean Claris on 24th November after a long and brave fight with cancer. Jean had been Chairman in 1981-82 and was a very supportive member of our club. Her help and friendship will be missed and our thoughts are with her family at this time.

  • Sheila Clatworthy – Wythall 681

Founder chairman in 1975 of Wythall Tangent 681

  • Betty Carrol Gillingham 533
  • Shirley Woollacott – Gillingham 533
  • Betty Amott – Ripley 158

Betty was a Founder member of Ripley Ladies Circle and Ripley Tangent

  • Mary Foulkes – Ripley 158

Mary was a Founder member of Ripley Ladies Circle and Ripley Tangent

  • Frances Leer – Kingsbridge & District 248
  • Audrey Weightman – Kingsbridge & District 248
  • Rosemary Wase – Shrewsbury 24

Rosemary passed away following a short illness on 10th February 2015

 

 

  • Sheila Hart
  • Enid Brocklesby
  • Jane Robinson

It is with great sadness that Brigg and District Tangent 649 announce the deaths of three of their members.

Sheila Hart, who had been a member of Brigg Ladies Circle before joining Brigg and District Tangent.

Enid Brocklesby was also a member of Brigg Ladies Circle, before becoming the Founder Secretary of Brigg and District Tangent
and Jane Robinson who was a founder member of both Brigg Ladies Circle and Brigg and District Tangent.

Thoughts are with the friends and families of Sheila, Enid and Jane.

  • Irene Turnbull – Banbury 84

It is with sadness that Banbury Tangent Club 84 announces the sudden death of Irene in August this year. An active member and Past Chairman (2001-2002), she will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with her family.

  • Dorothy Bennett – Bradford Fairfax 139

It is with sadness that Bradford Fairfax Tangent 139 announce the death of Past Chairman Dorothy Bennett who sadly passed away on Tuesday 16th September 2014.

  • Barbara Caple – Leicester Tangent 152

It is with sadness that Leicester Tangent 152 announces the death of BARBARA CAPLE on 4th November, 2014.

  • Anne Jones – Shrewsbury Tangent 24

Shrewsbury Tangent 24 regret to announce the sad death of Anne Jones who fought her illness for many years with bravery, never complaining.

  • Susan Angela Evans – Rotherham 43

It is with much sadness that Rotherham Tangent 43 announces the death of Sue Evans on the 17th June 2014 just 9 days before her 65th birthday, after an illness bravely borne for nearly 3 years.

Sue joined Rotherham Ladies Circle in 1978 , she was at the heart of both Circle and Tangent including that of Chairman both Rotherham Ladies Circle and Rotherham Tangent 1999-2000.

Sue was a tower of strength and reliability to her family and friends, and is greatly missed by her husband John, daughters Jane and Sally and her much loved grand-children, and her many friends.

  • Carole Elaine Townend – Rotherham 43

It is with much sadness that Rotherham Tangent 43 announces the death of another of our members, Carole Townend who died on the 21st June 2014 at the age of just 53, after an illness bravely borne for some 18 months.

Carole was a very caring person, a nurse who chose to specialise in the care of the long term mentally ill, she had a great sense of humour and inner strength. She is greatly missed by her two daughters, Larna and Nicky , family and friends.

It was a great honour to have known both Sue and Carole and they will be greatly missed by all who knew them.

  • Patricia Ann Hairsnape 5th May 1937 – 3rd September 2014

Pat HairsnapeIt is with much sadness that Rainford Tangent 691 announces the death of Pat on 3rd September 2014 , after a short illness. This was also her 54th Wedding Anniversary. Pat held several offices in Tangent, these being Secretary in 1987/88, Treasurer in 2002/03 and Chairman in both 2004/5 and 2008/9. She was an intelligent and knowledgeable lady with an entertaining and dry sense of humour. It was unusual for her to miss a meeting. We will miss her sense of humour and her enthusiasm.

Pat was very much the heart of her family and will be greatly missed by her Husband Mike and children Jonathan, Simon and Elizabeth, and her much loved grandchildren Matthew and Rebecca.

  • Doreen Carr – Barnsley 70

It is with heartfelt sadness, that Barnsley Tangent Club 70 reports the passing in May 2014 of a well loved, great friend and active member of our club, Doreen Carr aged 91.

  • Daphne Madden -Tettenhal 332

Tettenhal Tangent 332 regret to announce the death of Daphne Madden on 12th March 2014 at the age of 84.

Daphne had a son and four daughters who shared their happy memories, including her time in Circle and Tangent, at her funeral service. She was Chair of Tettenhall Ladies Circle in 1972 – 73, Chair of Tangent, 1985 – 86 and was President of Ladies Circle at the same time that her daughter, Alison, was Chairman in 1995. Daphne was always a warm and supportive member before illness prevented her attendance at meetings.

  • Pat Morris -Tettenhall 332

It is also with sadness that we report the death of Pat Morris on 29th March at the age of 88. Pat had originally been a Circle member in Matlock before moving to Tettenhall and joining Circle there, she was very active and served as Honorary President, she then moved into a recently formed Tangent and served as Tangent Chairman during 1987 – 88.

Pat always had a ready smile and a common sense approach to everything. She was a very keen Tangent member who attended until illness prevented her. But there was a warm welcome for any of her friends who visited her at home, in hospital or finaly her nursing home.

  • Wendy McKenzie – Rayleigh & District 135

It is with heartfelt sadness, that Rayleigh & District Tangent Club reports the passing of a great friend and member of our club, Wendy McKenzie. Wendy died on 27 December 2013, after an illness, bravely borne.

Wendy joined Rayleigh & District Ladies Circle in 1982 and was Chairman of both Circle (1989-1990) and Tangent club (2002-2003). Wendy threw herself into every aspect of life, and Circle & Tangent were no exception. She dressed up in costumes, baked, trekked, organised events and supported everyone and everything.

Wendy was a Cambridge graduate, an inspirational teacher, lovely friend, wife, mother and Nana, who will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband David, her daughters and grandchildren.

  • Kim Lord – Rayleigh & District 135

Rayleigh & District Tangent Club are sad to report the passing of our newest member, Kim Lord. Kim had been a member of Tangent for a relatively short time, but we had come to love her cheery smile, her determination, enthusiasm and zest for life. Our thoughts are with her partner Chris and her family.

  • Lynda Hughes – Waterloo 523

It is with great sadness that Waterloo Tangent announces that one of their members, Lynda Hughes sadly passed away on 7th March 2014.

Lynda was a very active and supportive member of Waterloo Tangent, a keen golfer who had won the Area Golf Competition. She had been a member of Ladies Circle and was Chairman twice.

  • Marjorie Robinson – Bootle Crosby and District 148

Bootle, Crosby and District Tangent would like to announce the death of Marjorie Robinson, who was a Founder member of the club. Marjorie had also been Ladies Circle President in 1959/60 and International Ladies Circle President in 1960/61. She is sadly missed.

  • Jan Mulqueen – Sunderland Tangent 795, Angels of the North 907, National President Tangent 2009 – 10, Community Services Officer NALC 1997-98,Chairman Area 16 NALC

Jan MulqueenSunderland and Angels of the North Tangents are deeply saddened and shocked at the very sudden death of Jan Mulqueen. Jan had just returned from the Annual Conference at Bournemouth where she’d thoroughly enjoyed catching up with her very many, valued friends and partying as only she could. She was particularly happy that “my Eddie” was there too.

A past area chairman of NALC area 16, Jan’s enthusiasm for Circling grew into her love for Tangent. She was passionate about living life to the full, making friends wherever she went both in the UK and internationally.

Her passion for international carried on into her year as IPP when she was instrumental in shaping the first MoU on which Tangent International has been built. Jan was, quite rightly, very proud of what she helped to achieve. She was also closely involved in building on, and strengthening, the ties of the ‘Round Table Family’.

As long standing member of Sunderland Tangent she has been one of their driving forces for many years and was grateful for their support when she stood for the role of national Vice President and which continued in her role as National President. She was also very close to Houghton-le-Spring Tangent, had fun with them and valued their friendship.

Jan would always encourage everyone to take part in whatever was on offer – whether it was a regional lunch, charity event, a club open night or her favourite weekend away at Conference.

A founder member of Angels of the North, which grew out of friendships made running the Party Tyne conference, Jan was always there to listen and would share her wealth of experience whenever asked.

One of the many tributes to Jan said: ‘Great picture, bet you can’t find one where she’s not smiling.’ We looked and we can’t.
Jan was always there with a bright smile and a warm hug; one of our brightest lights, her vitality, sense of fun and commitment, will be sadly missed. Our heartfelt condolences go to her husband Eddie and their family.

  • Mary Cusack – Cleeve Hill 493

Founder Member Cleeve Hill 493, Early Member Cleeve Hill Ladies Circle.

  • Shirley Ann Christmas – New Milton 120

It is with great sadness that New Milton Tangent announce the sudden death of Shirley in January this year. She was an active member and a past Chairman in 2003/04 and will be sadly missed by all of us. Our thoughts are with her husband Colin and family and we send them our condolences.

  • Marjorie Holmes – Banbury 84

It is with much sadness that Banbury Tangent Club announces the death of founder member Marjorie Holmes (Chairman 1970-1972). She will be greatly missed by us all.

  • Sue Collins – Farnham 469

It is with great sadness that we have to advise the death of Sue Collins on 3 February 2014, after a long illness. She was such a good friend, always there to support Tangent, and always cheerful. She will be much missed.

Sue was Chairman of Farnham Tangent 2003/04, Chairman Farnham Ladies Circle 1985/86 and President Farnham Ladies Circle 1994/95.

She transferred in to Farnham from Gordano Valley in Portishead, Bristol in February 1980. She also regularly supported Area and National meetings.

  • Pauline Coates – Rainford 691

Pauline CoatesPauline Coates, A founder member of Rainford Circle and later Rainford Tangent. She took several secretarial and treasury positions and in 2012/2013 was a very well respected Chairman of Tangent. She loved the job and was very keen to do it again, but unfortunately became extremely ill and lost her fight for life on the 5″‘ February 2014.

Pauline will be greatly missed by all the members of Rainford Tangent and our sympathies go to her sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

  • Eleonore Ridge – Alsager 299

ELEONORE : A LIFE AND A LEGACY

On a momentous evening in 1972 a group of ladies were sitting round a table in a Chinese restaurant in Crewe, Cheshire discussingwhether or not to establish a Tangent Club in Alsager. The unanimous decision was a resounding yes. One of the ladies turned to Eleanor and asked “Will you be our first Chairman?”. “Yes” replied Eleanor and here was history repeating itself for in 1961 Eleonore had agreed to be the first Chairman of Alsager Ladies Circle.

In May 1973 Eleonore was installed as the founder Chairman of Alsager Tangent Club no 299. What an amazing legacy to leave to both our town and our Associations. So many women have benefitted from her dedication to enabling and preserving friendships, caring for those in need and encouraging an active participation in our meetings and events both locally and nationally. Eleonore personified every principle that our Associations strive touphold but her commitment to continuing friendship will be carried forward by Alsager Tangent Club as long as it exists.

Thank you Eleonore.

  • Jean Tonge – Aireborough 75

Our members said goodbye to a much loved member Jean Tonge who was circle chairman, Area 23 chairman and Area Extension Officer. She was also Tangent chairman in 1976/77 and 1992/93. Jean was always cheerful and positive during a long illness. Much missed.

Rose Purdy
Chairman Aireborough Tangent 75.

  • Eve Smaylen – Sutton Park 363

It is with great sadness that Sutton Park Tangent Club announce the death of Eve Smaylen on the 21st December 2013. Eve was a founder member of Sutton Perk Ladies Circle and of Sutton Park Tangent Club and will be greatly missed.

  • Patricia Anderson – Hornchurch 89

Patricia AndersonWe are very sad to report the death of Patricia Anderson on 27th November, a much loved and stalwart member of our club. We will all miss her friendship and loyalty. Pat transferred from East Kilbride Ladies Circle to Hornchurch in 1969 eventually joining Tangent where she held various offices including Chairman and Secretary. Our thoughts are with her lovely family.

  • May Ray – Petersfield 66

We are very sad to report the death of one of Petersfield Tangent No.66’s founder members May Ray. Mary died on the 12th January 2014 at the age of 87.

  • Helga Perry – Camberley 277

Helga was a truly lovely person.

  • Eve Smaylen – Sutton Park 363

It is with great sadness that Sutton Park Tangent Club announce the death of Eve Smaylen on the 21st December 2013.  Eve was a founder member of Sutton Perk Ladies Circle and of Sutton Park Tangent Club and will be greatly missed.

  • Janet Whitefoot – Oakengates 567

It is with great sadness Oakengates Tangent announce the sudden death of their Chairman Janet Whitefoot.

She was a founder member of Oakengates Ladies Circle and founder Chairman of Oakengates Tangent, she really was the matriarch of our Tangent and will be dearly missed.

It really has been a very sad time for her husband Neil, as soon after Janet’s death he lost his son Jeffery too.

We all send our condolences to Neil and daughter Gillian.

  • Patricia Milburn – Wolverhampton 282 & Hull Wyke Tangent 342. Chairman of Hull Wyke 1987/1988

Patricia Milburn (died) on Sunday 22nd September 2013 She will be sadly missed by all her friends.

Pat was an active member of Ladies Wolverhampton No 6 and was chairman in 1970/1971. She continued on into Tangent Wolverhampton 282 and transferred to Hull Wyke Tangent and was chairman in 1987/1988. Pat enjoyed our meetings and was always interested in everything we did. She was a good loyal friend to us all.

  • Jackie Hall – Keynsham and District 104

It is with much sadness that we have to report that Jackie sadly lost her battle with cancer on the 30th December 2013 an illness she fought with such courage and determination.

Jackie joined Downend Circle in November 1970, transferred to Devizes in October 1973 and to Keynsham in April 1980, chairing our Ladies Circle No 287 in 1982 – 1983, Area 5 in 1987 – 1988 and in 1988 -1989 Jackie served on the Ladies Circle National Executive as Badge Secretary.

Jackie joined our Tangent club in the late 1980’s but following a house move back to Devizes in 1990 she reluctantly resigned, she will be missed by the  many friends she made during her time in both Circle and Tangent and our sincere sympathies go to her husband Andrew, her children and grandchildren.

  • Kay Burgess – Billericay 402

Billericay lost one of our members today. A very popular and senior club member, Kay Burgess.

She and husband Richard had only very recently celebrated their Golden anniversary.

She will be much missed.

  • Andree Dorington-Ward – Bridport 785

Andree Dorington-Ward – Past Chairman Bridport 785

  • Elizabeth Rowan – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland Tangent Club No. 140 regrets to report the death of long-standing member Elizabeth Rowan. Elizabeth was a valued member who did not like to miss a meeting or social gathering. Described as “a very feisty lady” during a recent tribute she had suffered poor health for several years but did not allow her condition to prevent her enjoying life as best she could. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and fellow members.

  • Lynn Butter – City of Truro 331

It is with great sadness that City of Truro Tangent Club have to announce that Lynn Butter passed away on 12th June 2013 after a short illness. It was a great shock to all her family and friends.

Lynn joined the City of Truro Ladies Circle in the early 1970s and then moved onto Tangent where she was chairman in 1992/1993. Lynn was an active member of the club, always in the background quietly helping our meetings to run smoothly. She will be remembered for her happy, smiling face and her quiet efficient manner.

She spent a lot of her time in her beautiful garden, which she recently opened to raise money for the Cornwall Hospice Trust [Mount Edgcumbe] where sadly she spent her last few days.

Tangent will miss Lynn very much. Our sympathies go out to Dick, her husband and her sons Steve and Chris and their families.

  • Joyce Miller – Pudsey 424

We are sad to announce the death of Joyce Miller, aged 94, founder member of both Pudsey Ladies Circle and Pudsey Tangent Club. An active member of Tangent until retiring in 2010.

She will be sadly missed.

  • Catherine Smith – Linlitgow 328

It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that Linlithgow Tangent 328 has lost another dear friend – the 3rd in 6 months!

  • Patricia Stephen – Stokesley & Yarm 726

It is with great sadness that we announce that Pat Stephen passed away on 29th July 2013.

Pat was the quintessential gentlewoman. Wife to retired Local GP, George , a mother & grandmother. Pat worked as a teacher, which included interesting positions overseas.

She was chairman in 2011 when we celebrated our 25th Anniversary, a past member of Circle and Stockton Tangent.
She had a quiet dignity and will be greatly missed by her friends in Tangent. As one of our members (three score years & ten) frequently remarked. “ When I grow up I want to be like Pat”.

What a legacy to leave behind.

  • Eileen Manley and Sheila Gatehouse – Downend 177

Both Sheila and Eileen were very keen, early members of Downend Ladies Circle. Sheila, the second Chairman in 1966 stayed until her husband’s illness then returned many years later as a Tangent member.

Eileen, another active and lively member hosted many great parties and a most memorable occasion was both Eileen and Sheila together giving a great dance rendition of Joyce Grenfell’s ‘Stately as a Galleon’!

When Tangent numbers were few in the early years, these two wonderful members remained cheerful and positive and played very active roles. They will be sadly missed by their many friends.

  • Louise McDowell – Chepstow and District 628

Chepstow and District Tangent club are very sad to announce that Louise McDowell passed away on the 12th of June 2013. She was ill for only a short while, her courage and strength over this period was inspiring. Louise was Chairman of our Tangent club twice in 1986/87 and again in 2009/10. She was an enthusiastic and active member, having been secretary on numerous occasions. Her husband, Ron, passed away 7 years ago and he was a past Chairman of 41 club. Louise leaves behind Rachel and Adrian who took such great care of their mum during her illness. Louise will be greatly missed by us all.

Market Drayton 327

Kerry Davies

Kay Dean

  • June Cornall – Wadebridge & District 643

June CornallJune was  an active and valued member of Wadebridge Community, oneof her proudest achievements was becoming a member of the Town Council, serving for 15 years.

June joined Tangent on the 8th September 1988.
She was chairman:

  • 1991-1992
  • 1995-1996
  • 1996-1997
  • 2005-2006
  • 2012-2013 when she had to retire due to ill health.

The highlight of this time was as Mayor  from1997-1999 which she considered a real honour and took her duties very seriously.

She was also involved in a number of local organisations including Tangent, Archery and The Bowling Club. She was also a committee member involved in fund raising for the building and running  of the New Children’s Hospice – Little Harbour.

She acted as Wardrobe Mistress for the local Music and Drama Group and until recently sang in a local ladies’ Barbershop chorus. June was a very busy lady but always had time for everyone.

  • Diane Goodwin – Caversham 532

It is with deep sadness that Caversham Tangent reports the death of one of its founder members, Diane Goodwin, who died on 20 March 2013.

Di, as she was affectionately known, was also a founder member of Caversham Ladies Circle which was formed in 1970.

During her 43 years with our two organisations, Di was a committed, loyal and enthusiastic member of our clubs. Apart from her times as Chairman of both Circle and Tangent, Di took on just about every role that she could – from Raffle Lady to Fund Raising Chairman to Social Chairman and anything in between.

She will be best remembered for her acute sense of fun and throwing herself wholeheartedly into every event, making newcomers welcome and encouraging them to have as much fun as they could. Whether dressed as a tramp for a fancy dress party, or in a ball gown for a Ladies Night, Di always played her part to the full – a lady with a great sense of occasion.

Even during her latter years when she became poorly, Di still maintained as regular an attendance as possible which is to her great credit and fortitude.

She is greatly missed by our Club and of course by her family – husband Michael, daughter Susan, sons David and Jonathan, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Very fond memories of Diane will live on.

  • Marjorie Humphrey – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland Tangent Club No. 140 regrets to announce the death of our Founder President Marjorie Humphrey.  Although Marjorie moved to live in the  Isle of Man some years ago she kept in touch with First in Ireland and was an Honorary Member until her resignation due to failing health. l She was a welcome visitor to the Irish Regional Luncheon each year until unable to travel.  Our sympathy is extended to her two daughters and wider family circle.

  • Mary Gaye – Felixstowe 279

Mary Gaye died on 24th April.  She will be much missed.

  • Annette Garbett – Bridgnorth 587

Past Chairman and Founder member of Bridgnorth Tangent No587,passed away in march 2013 after a long illness bravely borne.

  • Sheila Postins – Daventry & District 770 – Past National President and Past National Secretary

Sheila PostinsIt is with deep sadness that we report the death of Sheila on 5th June 2013. Sheila was a member of Daventry Ladies Circle where she was Chairman and then Area Chairman before joining Tangent. Her first initiation to the Tangent Executive was in a new position as Secretary Elect where she learnt the skills required to take on the duties as Secretary of the Association. During this period she had surgery for breast cancer and due to the friendship,support and prayers she experienced from fellow members, far and wide, she decided she must recognise the importance Tangent took in her recovery by standing for National President.

Sheila was always ready for a challenge – always with a project on the horizon and full of enthusiasm to carry it through. Those of us who had the pleasure of working with her on the Executive and knew her in her private life knew she would never stop until the task was fulfilled – always with a smile – full of ideas for the good of the Association. We were all inspired by her drive and energy.

Her love of sunshine took her to Cyprus where she and Chris had a property built to her specification, where she could enjoy visits from family and friends, who were always welcome. She was hospitable to all – enjoying life to the full.

Her last big function was to attend the Midland’s Lunch in February happily supporting the type of occasion she had always enjoyed. Her health deteriorated from then on and sadly she was unable to win the ultimate challenge.

Chris & Sheila celebrated their Golden Wedding in 2012 when family and friends had a wonderful day – we send our heartfelt condolences to Chris, Stephen & Pippa, Caroline & Nick and those dear grandchildren Sophia, Sacha and Frankie to whom Sheila was so devoted.

We have all lost a great friend – one whose impact on Tangent was immense – an inspiration to us all.

Thank you Sheila for your time with us.

  • Brenda Cowell – Wotton-Under-Edge & District 534

On 16th January 2013 Wotton-Under-Edge & District Tangent 534 said a sad farewell to one of its Founder Members. Brenda Cowell was a stalwart member of the Club having been Chairman and Secretary and a supporter of all of the Club’s activities.

Brenda was always there to offer advice, help and friendship to all who had the privilege of knowing her. She not only supported all Tangent events but was also involved in many voluntary organizations in the town and thus will also be missed by the wider community.She was an avid green fingered gardener and superb needlewoman.

Brenda adored her family and supported husband Tony in everything he was involved in. We all miss her greatly.

  • Colleen Jefferies – Keynsham and District No 104

It is with much sadness that we have to report that Colleen sadly lost her battle with cancer on the 5th April 2013 an illness she fought with such courage and determination.

Colleen was a founder member of both our Ladies Circle No 287 (1957) and Tangent (1967), chairing Circle in 1965 – 1966, Area 5 in 1970 – 1971 and Tangent 1976 – 1977. She attended her last Tangent meeting with us in February, such an inspiration in her reluctance to give in to her illness, we shall all miss her enthusiasm, experience and friendship, a lifelong supporter of the Conservative Party she would have found it amusing that her funeral was on the same day as Lady Thatcher.

Our sincere sympathies go to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Sheena Woodhouse – Linlithgow 328
  • Margaret Cowie – Linlithgow 328

Founder member.

  • Jeanette Rees – Mumbles 852
  • Margaret Constance Cooke – Pinner 171 & Henley-on-Thames 568

Margaret died peacefully on 26th March 2013 in Bournbemouth aged 79. Formerly of Pinner Tangent & Henley on Thames. Loving wife of David, much loved mother of Bernard, Tony & Christine. Following in her footsteps are her daughter Christine & recently her grandaughter Jeni, who are both members of Bushey & Oxhey Tangent & Circle respectively.

  • Patricia Weakley – Leicester 152

PATRICIA WEAKLEY, a Founder Member of Leicester Tangent Club 152, died on 17th April, 2013 aged 90 years.

  • Helen Parkinson – Norwich 233

Founder Member.

  • Betty Gayson – Moseley 133

On behalf of Moseley Tangent Club 133 could I please record the death of BETTY GRAYSON (1922-2013).

Betty was a Past Chairman of Moseley Circle 200, Area Circle Chairman and founder member of Moseley Tangent Club.

  • Marie Simmons – Grantham and District 550

Marie Simmons Poem

We are very sorry to say that we have recently lost one of the Founder members of our club, Marie Simmons and she will be sadly missed.

The poem was written by another of our Founder members, Val Odell.

Elland 535. It is with much sadness that we announce the deaths of two of our members who were great friends to each other.

  • Susan Marshall – Elland 535

dilys-and-sueSue, aged 70, passed away on the 27th September 2012, after a very short illness.

Sue joined Elland Ladies Circle in the early 70’s and was Chairman in 1974/75 and then President twice in 1983/83 and 2006/7.

She was a keen and active member of Elland Tangent and was always full of fun and friendship.

In addition to Tangent, she had many interests and hobbies, one of which was a supporter of Overgate Hospice, where she was involved in its opening and worked as a volunteer for many years.

A scented garden will be dedicated in the Hospice grounds in her memory.

  • Dilys Longbottom – Elland 535

Dilys, aged 74, passed away on the 9th March 2013, after a long illness.

Dilys was a long standing member of Elland Ladies Circle and was Chairman in 1977/78, before “retiring” to Elland Tangent where she was Chairman in 1982/83.

She was involved in many community projects in Elland and had a lively, outgoing personality which sustained her throughout her long illness.

  • Penny Snook – Bletchley 111

It is with much sadness that we have to report the death of Penny Snook of Bletchley Tangent on 15th January 2013.

Penny was Chairman of Bletchley Tangent in 1986 and the again in 2008, she was an active and much loved member who’s home was always open for Tangent events she will be sadly missed.

Each life touches this world in a way no others can, leaving not only wonderful memories but lasting imprints in our hearts.

  • Gill Creed – City of Wells 747
  • Veronica Richardson – Harpenden 137

Harpenden Tangent 137 are sad to record the death of our member Veronica Richardson on 9th January 2013.

Veronica was Chairman of Tangent in 1996-97 and Circle Chairman in 1968-67

  • Dorothy Neary – Ulverston 235
  • Jenny Kidner – Oswestry 767
  • Violet Elizabeth Lloyd – Morecambe & Heysham 90
  • Audrey Fabian – Porthcawl 119

Audrey Fabian was a loyal member of Porthcawl Ladies Circle and Tangent club 119 and her sudden death in December was a shock and great loss to her husband Clayton and family.

Audrey was a lovely, kind and thoughtful and she joined in all our activities and she will be greatly missed by us and especially by her life long Tangent friends whom she had known since the early days of Porthcawl Ladies circle.

God bless you Audrey.

  • Beryl Evans – Warrington 162
  • Sue Marshall – Elland 535

Sue MarshallSue was a very active member of our club, a very elegant lady who was the life and soul of any meeting.

One of her close friends has put together this brief obituary:

Sue was a very active member of our club, a very elegant lady who was the life and soul of any meeting.

One of her close friends has put together this brief obituary:

  • Elizabeth Morris – Founder Member – Whitley Bay 17

It is with much sadness that Whitley Bay Tangent have to announce the death of Founder Member Elizabeth Morris at the age of 98.

Elizabeth was an enthusiastic and supportive member of Tangent who used to keep us all amused with her stories and anecdotes.

She will be much missed

  • Joan ‘Jo’ Carter – Bury St Edmunds 187 and Harlow 144

It is with sadness that the Tangent Clubs of Bury St Edmunds (No. 187) and Harlow (No. 144) report the sudden death of a much loved member, Jo Carter, on 21st November, 2012, at her home in Risby.

Whilst living in Harlow in the late 1950’s, Jo and her veterinary surgeon husband, John, became involved with Round Table and Ladies Circle and John, supported by Jo, set up the first veterinary clinic in the new town. Earlier, Jo had begun her career in the civil service and later became a stewardess with British European Airways flying in Dakotas, Vikings and Elizabethans all over Europe. Jo never lost her interest in flying. Following some time in Canada, she, John, and their three children returned to the UK and moved to Bury St Edmunds where Jo became involved with Tangent both there and in Harlow.

Jo was a very conscientious member of Tangent and was twice Chairman of the Bury St Edmunds Club (1995-96 and 2008-09) and twice Chairman of Harlow (1989-90 and 2007-08). She enjoyed attending National Conferences and she and John were keen participants of national and regional camping events.

A very keen swimmer, cyclist, and gardener, Jo also found time for country dancing, caravanning and badminton. Typically, whilst fully involving herself in the life of Risby village and its church, she was always willing to help others.

John predeceased Jo, dying in January 2011. Jo will be sadly missed by her family and her many friends in Tangent.

  • Valerie Berry – founder member Hutton & Shenfield 666

It is with deep regret that I have to advise you that our dear member Valerie Berry passed away on the l3th November at the age of 71 year. She was a founder member of Hutton & Shenfield Tangent Club No. 666 and was Chairman in the year 1989/1990, and previously a member and Chairman of our Ladies Circle.

  • Ronnie Wells – Cuffley 278

We were very sad to lose Ronnie Wells in January 2012.  She had been a Circle & Tangent member since 1971.

  • Jane Thomas.- Founder Member of Chepstow & District 628

Jane was aged 64 and died on the 23rd of October 2012 after a long illness. She was past Circle Chairman and had also been our Tangent Chairman and was the loving wife of Spencer and much loved mother of Richard and Lucy and dear Grandmother to Sophie, Charlie, Thomas and Alice.

She was a very popular member of Tangent and we all miss her hugely.

  • Caroline Batterbury – Coulsdon & Purley 36
  • Rosemary Welch – Canterbury 93

Rosemary sadly passed away in November 2012 after a brave fight against cancer. She was an active member, and Past Chairman of both Canterbury Tangent and Ladies Circle. She had a wonderful sense of fun and will be greatly missed by us all.

  • Angela Clifford – City of Truro 331

It is with great sadness that we have to advise you that Angela Clifford passed away on !st November 2012 after a long illness.She fought her illness courageously. She was forever optimistic – her glass was always half full, never half empty.

Angela and her husband, Tim, moved to the Isles of Scilly in 1968 where she joined Ladies Circle. She then progressed on to Tangent and when the family moved to Truro Angela transferred to City of Truro Tangent Club No 331 where she was a loyal and valuable member.

She was a very brave lady and she will sadly be missed by us all.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out Tim and their children Christopher, Charles and Eleanor and also not forgetting the grandchildren.

  • Margaret Randfield – Founder Member – Kinder 289
  • Dorothy Churchill – Luton 154
  • Dorothy was Chairman 1973/74
  • Pauline Bradley – Secretary Luton 154
  • Julie Hayes – Warrington 162
  • Jan Appleyard – Aireborough 375

Very sadly Aireborough Tangent 375 have to announce the death of our Chairman Jan Appleyard.  She fought a brave battle against lung cancer for almost two years.  As well as Tangent Jan was involved with Wharfedale branch of Yorkshire Cancer Research.  She was an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed.

  • Rita Moon – Stockton-on-Tees and District 479

It is with regret we note the death on 1st  November 2012 of Rita Moon a past Chairman of Stockton-on-Tees and District Tangent Club No 479.

  • Betty White – Sutton Coldfield 7

It is with sadness that we report the death of Betty White a long standing member of Sutton Coldfield Ladies Circle and Sutton Coldfield Tangent Club. Betty was a very active member of both Clubs a Past Chairman and also held many offices within Circle and Tangent . Betty’s sight had deteriorated over the past years and she had been in poor health. Betty is survived by husband Don, children and grandchildren.

  • Sheila Longden – Sutton Coldfield 7

We are very sorry to have to tell of the sudden death of Sheila Longden, Sheila transferred from Ipswich Ladies Circle to Sutton Coldfield Tangent Club and was a very active member taking up the position of Chairman very soon after joining when the current Chairman was suddenly taken ill. Sheila was a young vibrant member of the Club a breath of fresh air to us all. She will be sorely missed.

  • Beryl Mackay – Farnham 469

Beryl was a lovely lady who passed away very suddenly on 5th August.  She was an active member of Farnham Tangent and is missed by us all.

  • Doreen White – Founder Chairman Swanage – 208
  • Diana Vine – Founder Member Swanage – 208
  • Jill Harris – Axe Valley 639 & Didcot (closed)

She was a lovely lady and will be sorely missed. She leaves a husband Don and two children with grandchildren who were obviously devoted to her. She had a long and courageous battle with cancer and was always cheerful.

  • Diane Morgan – Hallamshire 167

Diane Morgan, who died 22 May 2012.  Diane was so full of life and very active in everything she was involved in, being our Chairman for a second time just a few years ago.  She is greatly missed by us all and our thoughts are with her husband Gren and their children and families.

  • Ann David – Porthcawl 119

Porthcawl Tangent 119 would like to record the passing of Ann David from Bridgend.  A longstanding and loyal member of Ladies Circle and then Tangent, she will be remembered with fondness by friends in South Wales Tangent Clubs and also Hawick in Scotland.

  • Kathleen Mead – Potters Bar

Kathleen Mead passed away on 08/08/2012

  • Betty Naylor – Elland 535

Betty Naylor of Elland 535 and will be missed by her many friends in Tangent.

  • Jean De’Ruyter – Shrewsbury 24

It is with sadness that Shrewsbury 24 report the death of Jean De’Ruyter on July 27th, aged 86, after many brave months of illness.

  • Mavis Isted – Lymington 336

Lymington are sad to report the death of a fellow member of both Circle and Tangent – Mavis Isted. Mavis was a friendly but private person, and was a real gentle lady. She had been ill for about 18th months and sadly had not been able to attend meetings, but the girls kept in touch with her, giving all the news and gossip.

 

  • Joan Miller – Harpenden 137

Harpenden Tangent 137 are sad to inform you that our Founder Chairman, Joan Mary Miller, passed away on 30th April 2012 age 91.  Joan was a very respected member of our Club which she helped to form in 1968 and was the wife of Past National President of 41 Club Eric Miller.

  • Paddy Hollins – Tettenhall 332 & Stratford Upon Avon 740

Paddy Hollins who was in both Tettenhall 332 & Stratford Upon Avon 740

  • Sheila Hall – Leyland 234

Leyland Tangent Club 234 were sorry to hear of the death of one of our founder members Mrs. Sheila Hall, she was a life honorary membermuch respected and will be sadly missed.

  • Margaret Herbert – Bishopbriggs & Kirkintilloch 511

It is with great sadness we report the death of Margaret Herbert of Bishopbriggs & Kirkintilloch 511

  • Margaret Miller – Porthcawl 119

It is with great sorrow that  Porthcawl Tangent 119  have to announce the death of Margaret Miller. Margaret was a loyal member of Ladies Circle and Tangent for many years. She was greatly respected as a person and as a doctor and will be missed by her loving family and friends.

  • Janet Sparkes – Porthcawl 119

Porthcawl Tangent Club No 119 sadly announce the death of Janet Sparkes who was a loyal member and supporter and who will be missed by all fellow members and friends.

  • Maureen Sedgwick – Porthcawl 119

It is with great sadness that Porthcawl Tangent Club 119 announce the death of Maureen Sedgwick who was a loyal member of both Ladies Circle and Tangent and whose wonderful sense of fun always kept us laughing.  Mo attended every meeting until her illness sadly curtailed her movements. She will be greatly missed by us all and our thoughts and prayers are with Gerald and family.

  • Mary Pibworth – Camberley 270

Sadly Camberley Tangent has to announce the death of Mary Pibworth after a short illness.

Mary joined Camberley Ladies Circle in 1958 and during her time in Ladies Circle was Area Chairman of Area 8. In fact she was the last unelected Chairman of Area 8.

She was Chairman of Camberley Tangent in 1987/88 and was President of our Club from 2007 until her death.

Mary was a nurse and midwife during her career and put these skills to good use during the war. She had lots of interests including Bridge and gardening and loved performing in Camus which is Camberley Music Society. She loved getting involved in charity work and also was a member of Camberley Inner Wheel.

Mary died peacefully in her sleep on 21st May 2012 aged 91 and will be sadly missed by her family and many friends – a lovely lady.

  • Margaret Hale – Portsmouth and Southsea Tangent No 44

It is with great regret that we have to report the sudden death of our longstanding member Margaret Hale. Margaret died on May 29th 2012. She was a very enthusiastic member of Portsmouth and Southsea Ladies Circle and moved on to Tangent in 1971. She was a great supporter of all our events and in 2011 enjoyed celebrating her 80th birthday and joining in with our 50th anniversary lunch. Margaret’s husband David died in 1994 and she always said how grateful she was to Tangent and her many friends at that time. Our thoughts are with her daughter Alison, her son Peter and her 2 grand-daughters. She will be much missed by us all.

  • Ruth O’Donoghue – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland Tangent Club 140 is saddened to report the recent death of Ruth O’Donoghue who joined First in Ireland in the year 2000 having been a member of Newry Ladies’ Circle.  Ruth had, apparently, made a good recovery from major surgery but sadly passed away after a further short illness.  A quiet. reserved lady, Ruth will, nevertheless, be much missed by all her fellow members. A widow,she is survived by a daughter, Adele, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

  • Joyce Ellen Hall – Wigan 129 & Lymington 336

Joyce HallIt is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Joyce Ellen Hall on 14th November 2011.

Joyce came, with her husband John to Wigan from Lymington, where she was also in Tangent to be nearer to her family because of deteriorating health due to Parkinsons Disease.

They found a bungalow close to her daughter Jo and Family. Sadly just a few months after moving up her husband John died suddenly. He had brought Joyce to her first meeting at Tangent and died the following week. This meant she had to leave her bungalow and go into a nursing home. This did not deter Joyce one bit, although distraught at losing her husband, with the help of one of our members Sue Hirst, who became very close to her, she attended as many meetings as possible going to the cinema, playing bingo and having meals out, all with gusto.

She enjoyed everything we did and she always made us laugh as her wit was second to none. We all enjoyed her company very much and she will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her daughters Jo and Kate and their families

  • Milda Richardson – Forfar Tangent 644

Milda transfered to Forfar Ladies Circle from Edinburgh Pentlands and was a founder Vice-chairman of Forfar Tangent. Milda had many interests, the greatest of these were her six grandchildren.

Our sympathies go to husband George and children Callum, Catriona and Nicola.

She will be sadly missed by us all.

  • Eileen Duff – Forfar Tangent 644

Eileen was a native of Forfar and joined Forfar Ladies Circle as a young bride on her marriage to Bill.

She was a founder member of Forfar Tangent and a past chairman.

Eileen was a lady with a very busy life who liked nothing more than having her family round her.

She was pre-deceased by husband Bill in 1998.

Our sympathies go to children Gillian, Suzanne and John and her six grandchildren.

She will be sadly missed by us all.

  • Freda Radcliffe – Sutton Coldfield 7

Freda RadcliffeIt is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Freda Radcliffe on 15th June aged 90. She was Ladies Circle National Editor in the days when everything was done by manual typewriter including the annual listings of officers of all the clubs for the directory. Freda’s daughter Judy well remembers the endless corrections with carbon paper and the mounds of directories filling a large room in the house being prepared for dispatch. (Freda is second from left in the picture of the National Executive) Judy has many other good photos of her and national and local circlers which could be scanned if wanted.

Her own chairmanship of Sutton Coldfield’s Ladies Circle in 1956-7 directly followed her husband Norman’s of Round Table – hence the cartoon. They both greatly enjoyed their clubs’ social life  – one of Judy’s earliest memories was being read ‘Mary Mouse’ stories with her in gorgeous ball gowns and smelling of perfume before they went out – and both of them took a very active part in the work and organisation of their respective clubs.  She went on to be chairman of Area 4, and then on to national office.

freda-radcliffe-laides-circleIn later years she greatly enjoyed the friendship of her fellow Tangent members and was thrilled to join in events such as the past national officers lunch at Harrogate, and more recently the Sutton Coldfield area lunch in 2009 before she joined Judy in Maldon. The current members have been assiduous in ensuring that although in a residential home over the last year she was still very much joined to them in friendship, including the sending of flowers for her 90th birthday.

Below the pictures are some extracts from the papers found when her apartment was sold which well illustrate the range of contributions she made.

It was wonderful she had the opportunity for such a life time interest.

Judy has a number of Ladies Circle items available for disposal that she had kept but is loathe to discard if there is anyone out there who would have an interest in them.

In apriciation of Freda:

From Pat (Mann?) [NALC]

“…I would like to tell you as well that I think you have made an excellent chairman. You have conducted special occasions and ordinary meetings alike with charm and efficiency and I know you have put your whole heart and soul into the job. For my part it has been an interesting and enjoyable experience and thank you for everything.”

From Richard Williams [Round Table]

“.. Ladies Circle has meant a lot to both Mollie and myself in different ways while you were in the Chair: for my part, as an outsider, I have been able to observe objectively its growth in stature, and you will take your place amongst its most worthy leaders. As with Norman when he was our Chairman, you have shown unbounded energy and enthusiasm – not only on the Dance Floor!- but also for urging others on while your hand carefully and ably held the tiller. I feel that Ladies Circle is at its best when it can at once pursue its own objects and objectives, and yet be complementary to Round Table in many of their activities. This has now been achieved to my mind in ideal balance in your Circle. To you and Norman we owe great thanks for the fellowship which has helped to make life quite different for us…..”

From Dolcie and John (Round?) NALC

“In appreciation of the best humble Editor we’ve had”

From Sheena (Boogle?) Tangent

“Dear Freda,
Just a note to say how much I enjoyed your talk last night at Tangent. Your reminiscences of the early days of Circle and Round Table were fascinating – you all obviously had such fun. I don’t think us ‘young ones’ realise how much we owe to you who founded our Circle and helped to make our present Tangent such a friendly and supportive club….”

  • Marge McKinnell – East Kilbride & District 451

Marge McKinnell, member of East Kilbride and District Tangent 451. Died 15th November 2011. Very sadly missed.

  • Joan Peck – Ringwood & District 570

We were sorry to say farewell to our friend Joan Peck who sadly died on Tuesday 29th November 2011. Joan was a local girl who became very active in the Ringwood community from a young age.. Through her husband Brian’s membership of Ringwood Round Table, Joan joined Ladies Circle where she became an enthusiastic member, undertaking a number of positions including Chairman.

Joan was a founder member of Ringwood & District Tangent Club, and was chairman in 1983/4. She was very involved in the club and its success was of great importance to her. She was a true original with a keen sense of humour and an infectious laugh. Always ready to try anything, she and Brian became involved in a variety of activities with fellow Club members including camping, sailing and skiing. Imagine her on a ski lift singing at the top of her voice “The hills are alive with the sound of music”. It’s a wonder Ringwood Round Table and Tangent didn’t start an avalanche!

There are so many memories of happy days and everyone with whom Joan was involved will have their own. Joan’s sons Andrew and Rod were a very important part of her life. They gave a wonderful tribute to her at the funeral service which ended with the poignant song “We’ll Meet Again.” Our deepest sympathy goes to Brian, Andrew and Rod and their families. Joan will be greatly missed by them and all her friends.

  • Bobbie Burns

Saturday 22 October 2011 saw the passing of Bobbie Burns (1927-2011). Poor health, and long stays with family elsewhere in the Country, meant that Bobbie’s attendance over the past few years had been sporadic but we always kept in touch. Bobbie loved the time spent with her Tangent friends and declared her last visit to us on our 40th anniversary “a lovely happy occasion with friends old and new”. Sadly missed by all of her friends and family.
Following a short illness.

  • Anne Brayne – Taunton 199

Tuesday 28th February 2012, we lost Anne Brayne (1915-2012). At 96 Anne was a wonderful role model to us all. It is only in recent years that she gave up driving her, much loved and admired, Triumph Herald and decided too that perhaps it was time to hang up her tennis racquet! Anne was tiny, less than five foot, but this did not stop her driving converted cattle truck ambulances during the London blitz and nursing soldiers from WW2 Japanese war camps on their way home to the UK in Sunderland flying boats. Anne’s zest for living and her infectious good spirits will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  • Stephanie Roberts – Ashby de la Zouch 416

Chairman Sue and members of Ashby de la Zouch Tangent Club are sad to report the sudden death of Stephanie Roberts on 28th January 2012.

Stephanie was a loyal and conscientious supporter of both Tangent and Ladies Circle during the last 35 years. She served as Circle Chairman in 1981-82 and had a very successful year as Circle Area Chairman in 1984-85 when we hosted the Midland Regional Luncheon at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

After joining Tangent Stephanie was chairman in 1993-94 followed by 12 years as treasurer – making sure we stayed in the black.

Stephanie was a dear friend to us all and will be sadly missed for her sense of humour and warm personality.

Our sympathies go to her husband John.

  • Jean Holden – Horwich & Westhoughton 612

Jean Passed away in December from cancer.  She was an active member for many years having been our chairman twice. The first time was in 2001/2002 and 2005/2006.

Jean supported all our functions  attending her last meeting in March 2011.

  • Sheila Southwell-Mulvin – Portsmouth and Southsea 44

It is with great sadness that Portsmouth and Southsea Tangent No 44 report the death of longstanding and much loved member Sheila Southwell-Mulvin on March 5th 2012 after a long period of ill health. Sheila was a very enthusiastic member of Portsmouth and Southsea Circle and then of Tangent. She was Chairman in 1987/8 and again in 2000/01. She has continued to support Tangent and attended meetings whenever she was able to. We will all miss her very much and send our love and sympathy to her husband Billy and to their children, Siobhan, Joanna and Neil and to her grandchildren.

  • Margaret Collins – Camberley 277

Margaret Collins one of our Tangent members has recently passed away.

  • Doreen Burns – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland 140 is saddened to report the sudden  passing  from a stroke related illness at the age of 85 of one of our members, Doreen Burns. Doreen had been a member of Dungannon Ladies Circle before joining Tangent in 1998, Doreen’s reputation for always being late for anything she attended was reflected in the fact  that she managed to be late for her own funeral. We will miss her at our monthly lunch meetings. Her husband David predeceased her 19 years ago.

She is survived by her daughter Jacqueline, son Stephen , grandson Allister and her siblings  Marjorie, Eileen and David to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

  • Muriel Brooks – Formby  349

It is with much sadness that I report death of Muriel Brooks on 28 February 2012. Kindly acknowledge her support to Ladies Circle & Tangent over many years.

  • Jeanne Barker – Market Harborough 224

Sadly, on 17th December 2011, Jeanne Barker (1931 to 2011), a Founder Member of Market Harborough Tangent Club, passed away after a short illness.

Jeanne was an active and supportive member of our Tangent Club throughout her long and happy membership, and was Chairman in 1974/75 and 1995/96, as well as being Chairman of Market Harborough Ladies Circle in 1965. She was also involved with local Women’s Institutes and Flower Clubs, as well as being a Church Warden.

Jeanne embraced life, and will be greatly missed by everybody who knew her. However, members of Market Harborough Tangent will especially miss Jeanne’s positive approach to all she undertook and her engaging ways. We feel privileged that Jeanne touched our lives, whether it was to a lesser or greater extent and she will be sorely missed by us all.

  • Shirley Cartwright – High Wycombe 170

It is with great sadness that High Wycombe Tangent Club No.170 reports the death of their much loved member, Shirley Cartwright. Shirley put up a long and brave fight against cancer but finally lost this and passed away on September 17th 2011. Shirley was an extremely active and dedicated member of High Wycombe Ladies Circle; holding the posts of Chairman in 1972/73 and President in 1990/93. An outstanding member of High Wycombe Tangent for over 30 years; Shirley was Tangent Chairman twice, in 1983/84 and again in 2000/01. Shirley is remembered for her reliability, energy, fun, loyalty and friendship. Shirley will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  • Catherine Bailey – Oakengates 567

It is with great sadness we have to report the death of Catherine Bailey. She has fought cancer for many years. She was a member of Oakengates Circle and then Tangent since its formation thirty years ago. She was chairman twice. We will all miss her friendly, helpful personality, always willing to help others, never complaining about her illness. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

  • Peggy Hawker – Northampton Nene 519

Peggy was a founder member and three times chairman of Northampton Tangent, a club which joined together with Northampton Nene some years ago. In addition to being a very active and committed Tangent member she also undertook a great deal of work in the community. She was a social worker by profession and in her own time set up ‘Footlights’, a drama group for people with various types of disability. She was also a member of the Mothers Union and travelled the world in support of its aims. She was ill for some time and sadly died in November 2011 at the age of 84.

  • Jean Rees – Tettenhall 332

Jean Rees died on 26th December, having suffered ill health for four years. Despite her health, Jean attended Tettenhall Tangent Club No 332 and was quietly supportive over several years.

Jean was originally from South Wales but moved to the Midlands with her husband, Ken, who worked in banking. Apart from her sons, Jon and Nick and their families, Jean’s other love was Bridge.

A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held on 24th February.

  • Mary Spraggon – Aylesbury 481

It is with great sadness that we announce that Mary died on Sunday 18 December 2011. Mary was one of the first members of our club which was founded in September 1977. She was chairman 5 times and was always an active and involved member. She will be sadly missed by us all. Our sympathies go to her husband Bill.

  • Jean Claris – Minehead 216

It is with sadness we report the death of Jean Claris on 24th November after a long and brave fight with cancer. Jean had been Chairman in 1981-82 and was a very supportive member of our club. Her help and friendship will be missed and our thoughts are with her family at this time.

  • Sheila Clatworthy – Wythall 681

Founder chairman in 1975 of Wythall Tangent 681

  • Sheila Hart
  • Enid Brocklesby
  • Jane Robinson

It is with great sadness that Brigg and District Tangent 649 announce the deaths of three of their members.

Sheila Hart, who had been a member of Brigg Ladies Circle before joining Brigg and District Tangent.

Enid Brocklesby was also a member of Brigg Ladies Circle, before becoming the Founder Secretary of Brigg and District Tangent
and Jane Robinson who was a founder member of both Brigg Ladies Circle and Brigg and District Tangent.

Thoughts are with the friends and families of Sheila, Enid and Jane.

  • Irene Turnbull – Banbury 84

It is with sadness that Banbury Tangent Club 84 announces the sudden death of Irene in August this year. An active member and Past Chairman (2001-2002), she will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with her family.

  • Dorothy Bennett – Bradford Fairfax 139

It is with sadness that Bradford Fairfax Tangent 139 announce the death of Past Chairman Dorothy Bennett who sadly passed away on Tuesday 16th September 2014.

  • Barbara Caple – Leicester Tangent 152

It is with sadness that Leicester Tangent 152 announces the death of BARBARA CAPLE on 4th November, 2014.

  • Anne Jones – Shrewsbury Tangent 24

Shrewsbury Tangent 24 regret to announce the sad death of Anne Jones who fought her illness for many years with bravery, never complaining.

  • Susan Angela Evans – Rotherham 43

It is with much sadness that Rotherham Tangent 43 announces the death of Sue Evans on the 17th June 2014 just 9 days before her 65th birthday, after an illness bravely borne for nearly 3 years.

Sue joined Rotherham Ladies Circle in 1978 , she was at the heart of both Circle and Tangent including that of Chairman both Rotherham Ladies Circle and Rotherham Tangent 1999-2000.

Sue was a tower of strength and reliability to her family and friends, and is greatly missed by her husband John, daughters Jane and Sally and her much loved grand-children, and her many friends.

  • Carole Elaine Townend – Rotherham 43

It is with much sadness that Rotherham Tangent 43 announces the death of another of our members, Carole Townend who died on the 21st June 2014 at the age of just 53, after an illness bravely borne for some 18 months.

Carole was a very caring person, a nurse who chose to specialise in the care of the long term mentally ill, she had a great sense of humour and inner strength. She is greatly missed by her two daughters, Larna and Nicky , family and friends.

It was a great honour to have known both Sue and Carole and they will be greatly missed by all who knew them.

  • Patricia Ann Hairsnape 5th May 1937 – 3rd September 2014

Pat HairsnapeIt is with much sadness that Rainford Tangent 691 announces the death of Pat on 3rd September 2014 , after a short illness. This was also her 54th Wedding Anniversary. Pat held several offices in Tangent, these being Secretary in 1987/88, Treasurer in 2002/03 and Chairman in both 2004/5 and 2008/9. She was an intelligent and knowledgeable lady with an entertaining and dry sense of humour. It was unusual for her to miss a meeting. We will miss her sense of humour and her enthusiasm.

Pat was very much the heart of her family and will be greatly missed by her Husband Mike and children Jonathan, Simon and Elizabeth, and her much loved grandchildren Matthew and Rebecca.

  • Doreen Carr – Barnsley 70

It is with heartfelt sadness, that Barnsley Tangent Club 70 reports the passing in May 2014 of a well loved, great friend and active member of our club, Doreen Carr aged 91.

  • Daphne Madden -Tettenhal 332

Tettenhal Tangent 332 regret to announce the death of Daphne Madden on 12th March 2014 at the age of 84.

Daphne had a son and four daughters who shared their happy memories, including her time in Circle and Tangent, at her funeral service. She was Chair of Tettenhall Ladies Circle in 1972 – 73, Chair of Tangent, 1985 – 86 and was President of Ladies Circle at the same time that her daughter, Alison, was Chairman in 1995. Daphne was always a warm and supportive member before illness prevented her attendance at meetings.

  • Pat Morris -Tettenhall 332

It is also with sadness that we report the death of Pat Morris on 29th March at the age of 88. Pat had originally been a Circle member in Matlock before moving to Tettenhall and joining Circle there, she was very active and served as Honorary President, she then moved into a recently formed Tangent and served as Tangent Chairman during 1987 – 88.

Pat always had a ready smile and a common sense approach to everything. She was a very keen Tangent member who attended until illness prevented her. But there was a warm welcome for any of her friends who visited her at home, in hospital or finaly her nursing home.

  • Wendy McKenzie – Rayleigh & District 135

It is with heartfelt sadness, that Rayleigh & District Tangent Club reports the passing of a great friend and member of our club, Wendy McKenzie. Wendy died on 27 December 2013, after an illness, bravely borne.

Wendy joined Rayleigh & District Ladies Circle in 1982 and was Chairman of both Circle (1989-1990) and Tangent club (2002-2003). Wendy threw herself into every aspect of life, and Circle & Tangent were no exception. She dressed up in costumes, baked, trekked, organised events and supported everyone and everything.

Wendy was a Cambridge graduate, an inspirational teacher, lovely friend, wife, mother and Nana, who will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband David, her daughters and grandchildren.

  • Kim Lord – Rayleigh & District 135

Rayleigh & District Tangent Club are sad to report the passing of our newest member, Kim Lord. Kim had been a member of Tangent for a relatively short time, but we had come to love her cheery smile, her determination, enthusiasm and zest for life. Our thoughts are with her partner Chris and her family.

  • Lynda Hughes – Waterloo 523

It is with great sadness that Waterloo Tangent announces that one of their members, Lynda Hughes sadly passed away on 7th March 2014.

Lynda was a very active and supportive member of Waterloo Tangent, a keen golfer who had won the Area Golf Competition. She had been a member of Ladies Circle and was Chairman twice.

  • Marjorie Robinson – Bootle Crosby and District 148

Bootle, Crosby and District Tangent would like to announce the death of Marjorie Robinson, who was a Founder member of the club. Marjorie had also been Ladies Circle President in 1959/60 and International Ladies Circle President in 1960/61. She is sadly missed.

  • Jan Mulqueen – Sunderland Tangent 795, Angels of the North 907, National President Tangent 2009 – 10, Community Services Officer NALC 1997-98,Chairman Area 16 NALC

Jan MulqueenSunderland and Angels of the North Tangents are deeply saddened and shocked at the very sudden death of Jan Mulqueen. Jan had just returned from the Annual Conference at Bournemouth where she’d thoroughly enjoyed catching up with her very many, valued friends and partying as only she could. She was particularly happy that “my Eddie” was there too.

A past area chairman of NALC area 16, Jan’s enthusiasm for Circling grew into her love for Tangent. She was passionate about living life to the full, making friends wherever she went both in the UK and internationally.

Her passion for international carried on into her year as IPP when she was instrumental in shaping the first MoU on which Tangent International has been built. Jan was, quite rightly, very proud of what she helped to achieve. She was also closely involved in building on, and strengthening, the ties of the ‘Round Table Family’.

As long standing member of Sunderland Tangent she has been one of their driving forces for many years and was grateful for their support when she stood for the role of national Vice President and which continued in her role as National President. She was also very close to Houghton-le-Spring Tangent, had fun with them and valued their friendship.

Jan would always encourage everyone to take part in whatever was on offer – whether it was a regional lunch, charity event, a club open night or her favourite weekend away at Conference.

A founder member of Angels of the North, which grew out of friendships made running the Party Tyne conference, Jan was always there to listen and would share her wealth of experience whenever asked.

One of the many tributes to Jan said: ‘Great picture, bet you can’t find one where she’s not smiling.’ We looked and we can’t.
Jan was always there with a bright smile and a warm hug; one of our brightest lights, her vitality, sense of fun and commitment, will be sadly missed. Our heartfelt condolences go to her husband Eddie and their family.

  • Mary Cusack – Cleeve Hill 493

Founder Member Cleeve Hill 493, Early Member Cleeve Hill Ladies Circle.

  • Shirley Ann Christmas – New Milton 120

It is with great sadness that New Milton Tangent announce the sudden death of Shirley in January this year. She was an active member and a past Chairman in 2003/04 and will be sadly missed by all of us. Our thoughts are with her husband Colin and family and we send them our condolences.

  • Marjorie Holmes – Banbury 84

It is with much sadness that Banbury Tangent Club announces the death of founder member Marjorie Holmes (Chairman 1970-1972). She will be greatly missed by us all.

  • Sue Collins – Farnham 469

It is with great sadness that we have to advise the death of Sue Collins on 3 February 2014, after a long illness. She was such a good friend, always there to support Tangent, and always cheerful. She will be much missed.

Sue was Chairman of Farnham Tangent 2003/04, Chairman Farnham Ladies Circle 1985/86 and President Farnham Ladies Circle 1994/95.

She transferred in to Farnham from Gordano Valley in Portishead, Bristol in February 1980. She also regularly supported Area and National meetings.

  • Pauline Coates – Rainford 691

Pauline CoatesPauline Coates, A founder member of Rainford Circle and later Rainford Tangent. She took several secretarial and treasury positions and in 2012/2013 was a very well respected Chairman of Tangent. She loved the job and was very keen to do it again, but unfortunately became extremely ill and lost her fight for life on the 5″‘ February 2014.

Pauline will be greatly missed by all the members of Rainford Tangent and our sympathies go to her sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

  • Eleonore Ridge – Alsager 299

ELEONORE : A LIFE AND A LEGACY

On a momentous evening in 1972 a group of ladies were sitting round a table in a Chinese restaurant in Crewe, Cheshire discussingwhether or not to establish a Tangent Club in Alsager. The unanimous decision was a resounding yes. One of the ladies turned to Eleanor and asked “Will you be our first Chairman?”. “Yes” replied Eleanor and here was history repeating itself for in 1961 Eleonore had agreed to be the first Chairman of Alsager Ladies Circle.

In May 1973 Eleonore was installed as the founder Chairman of Alsager Tangent Club no 299. What an amazing legacy to leave to both our town and our Associations. So many women have benefitted from her dedication to enabling and preserving friendships, caring for those in need and encouraging an active participation in our meetings and events both locally and nationally. Eleonore personified every principle that our Associations strive touphold but her commitment to continuing friendship will be carried forward by Alsager Tangent Club as long as it exists.

Thank you Eleonore.

  • Jean Tonge – Aireborough 75

Our members said goodbye to a much loved member Jean Tonge who was circle chairman, Area 23 chairman and Area Extension Officer. She was also Tangent chairman in 1976/77 and 1992/93. Jean was always cheerful and positive during a long illness. Much missed.

Rose Purdy
Chairman Aireborough Tangent 75.

  • Eve Smaylen – Sutton Park 363

It is with great sadness that Sutton Park Tangent Club announce the death of Eve Smaylen on the 21st December 2013. Eve was a founder member of Sutton Perk Ladies Circle and of Sutton Park Tangent Club and will be greatly missed.

  • Patricia Anderson – Hornchurch 89

Patricia AndersonWe are very sad to report the death of Patricia Anderson on 27th November, a much loved and stalwart member of our club. We will all miss her friendship and loyalty. Pat transferred from East Kilbride Ladies Circle to Hornchurch in 1969 eventually joining Tangent where she held various offices including Chairman and Secretary. Our thoughts are with her lovely family.

  • May Ray – Petersfield 66

We are very sad to report the death of one of Petersfield Tangent No.66’s founder members May Ray. Mary died on the 12th January 2014 at the age of 87.

  • Helga Perry – Camberley 277

Helga was a truly lovely person.

  • Eve Smaylen – Sutton Park 363

It is with great sadness that Sutton Park Tangent Club announce the death of Eve Smaylen on the 21st December 2013.  Eve was a founder member of Sutton Perk Ladies Circle and of Sutton Park Tangent Club and will be greatly missed.

  • Janet Whitefoot – Oakengates 567

It is with great sadness Oakengates Tangent announce the sudden death of their Chairman Janet Whitefoot.

She was a founder member of Oakengates Ladies Circle and founder Chairman of Oakengates Tangent, she really was the matriarch of our Tangent and will be dearly missed.

It really has been a very sad time for her husband Neil, as soon after Janet’s death he lost his son Jeffery too.

We all send our condolences to Neil and daughter Gillian.

  • Patricia Milburn – Wolverhampton 282 & Hull Wyke Tangent 342. Chairman of Hull Wyke 1987/1988

Patricia Milburn (died) on Sunday 22nd September 2013 She will be sadly missed by all her friends.

Pat was an active member of Ladies Wolverhampton No 6 and was chairman in 1970/1971. She continued on into Tangent Wolverhampton 282 and transferred to Hull Wyke Tangent and was chairman in 1987/1988. Pat enjoyed our meetings and was always interested in everything we did. She was a good loyal friend to us all.

  • Jackie Hall – Keynsham and District 104

It is with much sadness that we have to report that Jackie sadly lost her battle with cancer on the 30th December 2013 an illness she fought with such courage and determination.

Jackie joined Downend Circle in November 1970, transferred to Devizes in October 1973 and to Keynsham in April 1980, chairing our Ladies Circle No 287 in 1982 – 1983, Area 5 in 1987 – 1988 and in 1988 -1989 Jackie served on the Ladies Circle National Executive as Badge Secretary.

Jackie joined our Tangent club in the late 1980’s but following a house move back to Devizes in 1990 she reluctantly resigned, she will be missed by the  many friends she made during her time in both Circle and Tangent and our sincere sympathies go to her husband Andrew, her children and grandchildren.

  • Kay Burgess – Billericay 402

Billericay lost one of our members today. A very popular and senior club member, Kay Burgess.

She and husband Richard had only very recently celebrated their Golden anniversary.

She will be much missed.

  • Andree Dorington-Ward – Bridport 785

Andree Dorington-Ward – Past Chairman Bridport 785

  • Elizabeth Rowan – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland Tangent Club No. 140 regrets to report the death of long-standing member Elizabeth Rowan. Elizabeth was a valued member who did not like to miss a meeting or social gathering. Described as “a very feisty lady” during a recent tribute she had suffered poor health for several years but did not allow her condition to prevent her enjoying life as best she could. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and fellow members.

  • Lynn Butter – City of Truro 331

It is with great sadness that City of Truro Tangent Club have to announce that Lynn Butter passed away on 12th June 2013 after a short illness. It was a great shock to all her family and friends.

Lynn joined the City of Truro Ladies Circle in the early 1970s and then moved onto Tangent where she was chairman in 1992/1993. Lynn was an active member of the club, always in the background quietly helping our meetings to run smoothly. She will be remembered for her happy, smiling face and her quiet efficient manner.

She spent a lot of her time in her beautiful garden, which she recently opened to raise money for the Cornwall Hospice Trust [Mount Edgcumbe] where sadly she spent her last few days.

Tangent will miss Lynn very much. Our sympathies go out to Dick, her husband and her sons Steve and Chris and their families.

  • Joyce Miller – Pudsey 424

We are sad to announce the death of Joyce Miller, aged 94, founder member of both Pudsey Ladies Circle and Pudsey Tangent Club. An active member of Tangent until retiring in 2010.

She will be sadly missed.

  • Catherine Smith – Linlitgow 328

It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that Linlithgow Tangent 328 has lost another dear friend – the 3rd in 6 months!

  • Patricia Stephen – Stokesley & Yarm 726

It is with great sadness that we announce that Pat Stephen passed away on 29th July 2013.

Pat was the quintessential gentlewoman. Wife to retired Local GP, George , a mother & grandmother. Pat worked as a teacher, which included interesting positions overseas.

She was chairman in 2011 when we celebrated our 25th Anniversary, a past member of Circle and Stockton Tangent.
She had a quiet dignity and will be greatly missed by her friends in Tangent. As one of our members (three score years & ten) frequently remarked. “ When I grow up I want to be like Pat”.

What a legacy to leave behind.

  • Eileen Manley and Sheila Gatehouse – Downend 177

Both Sheila and Eileen were very keen, early members of Downend Ladies Circle. Sheila, the second Chairman in 1966 stayed until her husband’s illness then returned many years later as a Tangent member.

Eileen, another active and lively member hosted many great parties and a most memorable occasion was both Eileen and Sheila together giving a great dance rendition of Joyce Grenfell’s ‘Stately as a Galleon’!

When Tangent numbers were few in the early years, these two wonderful members remained cheerful and positive and played very active roles. They will be sadly missed by their many friends.

  • Louise McDowell – Chepstow and District 628

Chepstow and District Tangent club are very sad to announce that Louise McDowell passed away on the 12th of June 2013. She was ill for only a short while, her courage and strength over this period was inspiring. Louise was Chairman of our Tangent club twice in 1986/87 and again in 2009/10. She was an enthusiastic and active member, having been secretary on numerous occasions. Her husband, Ron, passed away 7 years ago and he was a past Chairman of 41 club. Louise leaves behind Rachel and Adrian who took such great care of their mum during her illness. Louise will be greatly missed by us all.

Market Drayton 327

Kerry Davies

Kay Dean

  • June Cornall – Wadebridge & District 643

June CornallJune was  an active and valued member of Wadebridge Community, oneof her proudest achievements was becoming a member of the Town Council, serving for 15 years.

June joined Tangent on the 8th September 1988.
She was chairman:

  • 1991-1992
  • 1995-1996
  • 1996-1997
  • 2005-2006
  • 2012-2013 when she had to retire due to ill health.

The highlight of this time was as Mayor  from1997-1999 which she considered a real honour and took her duties very seriously.

She was also involved in a number of local organisations including Tangent, Archery and The Bowling Club. She was also a committee member involved in fund raising for the building and running  of the New Children’s Hospice – Little Harbour.

She acted as Wardrobe Mistress for the local Music and Drama Group and until recently sang in a local ladies’ Barbershop chorus. June was a very busy lady but always had time for everyone.

  • Diane Goodwin – Caversham 532

It is with deep sadness that Caversham Tangent reports the death of one of its founder members, Diane Goodwin, who died on 20 March 2013.

Di, as she was affectionately known, was also a founder member of Caversham Ladies Circle which was formed in 1970.

During her 43 years with our two organisations, Di was a committed, loyal and enthusiastic member of our clubs. Apart from her times as Chairman of both Circle and Tangent, Di took on just about every role that she could – from Raffle Lady to Fund Raising Chairman to Social Chairman and anything in between.

She will be best remembered for her acute sense of fun and throwing herself wholeheartedly into every event, making newcomers welcome and encouraging them to have as much fun as they could. Whether dressed as a tramp for a fancy dress party, or in a ball gown for a Ladies Night, Di always played her part to the full – a lady with a great sense of occasion.

Even during her latter years when she became poorly, Di still maintained as regular an attendance as possible which is to her great credit and fortitude.

She is greatly missed by our Club and of course by her family – husband Michael, daughter Susan, sons David and Jonathan, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Very fond memories of Diane will live on.

  • Marjorie Humphrey – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland Tangent Club No. 140 regrets to announce the death of our Founder President Marjorie Humphrey.  Although Marjorie moved to live in the  Isle of Man some years ago she kept in touch with First in Ireland and was an Honorary Member until her resignation due to failing health. l She was a welcome visitor to the Irish Regional Luncheon each year until unable to travel.  Our sympathy is extended to her two daughters and wider family circle.

  • Mary Gaye – Felixstowe 279

Mary Gaye died on 24th April.  She will be much missed.

  • Annette Garbett – Bridgnorth 587

Past Chairman and Founder member of Bridgnorth Tangent No587,passed away in march 2013 after a long illness bravely borne.

  • Sheila Postins – Daventry & District 770 – Past National President and Past National Secretary

Sheila PostinsIt is with deep sadness that we report the death of Sheila on 5th June 2013. Sheila was a member of Daventry Ladies Circle where she was Chairman and then Area Chairman before joining Tangent. Her first initiation to the Tangent Executive was in a new position as Secretary Elect where she learnt the skills required to take on the duties as Secretary of the Association. During this period she had surgery for breast cancer and due to the friendship,support and prayers she experienced from fellow members, far and wide, she decided she must recognise the importance Tangent took in her recovery by standing for National President.

Sheila was always ready for a challenge – always with a project on the horizon and full of enthusiasm to carry it through. Those of us who had the pleasure of working with her on the Executive and knew her in her private life knew she would never stop until the task was fulfilled – always with a smile – full of ideas for the good of the Association. We were all inspired by her drive and energy.

Her love of sunshine took her to Cyprus where she and Chris had a property built to her specification, where she could enjoy visits from family and friends, who were always welcome. She was hospitable to all – enjoying life to the full.

Her last big function was to attend the Midland’s Lunch in February happily supporting the type of occasion she had always enjoyed. Her health deteriorated from then on and sadly she was unable to win the ultimate challenge.

Chris & Sheila celebrated their Golden Wedding in 2012 when family and friends had a wonderful day – we send our heartfelt condolences to Chris, Stephen & Pippa, Caroline & Nick and those dear grandchildren Sophia, Sacha and Frankie to whom Sheila was so devoted.

We have all lost a great friend – one whose impact on Tangent was immense – an inspiration to us all.

Thank you Sheila for your time with us.

  • Brenda Cowell – Wotton-Under-Edge & District 534

On 16th January 2013 Wotton-Under-Edge & District Tangent 534 said a sad farewell to one of its Founder Members. Brenda Cowell was a stalwart member of the Club having been Chairman and Secretary and a supporter of all of the Club’s activities.

Brenda was always there to offer advice, help and friendship to all who had the privilege of knowing her. She not only supported all Tangent events but was also involved in many voluntary organizations in the town and thus will also be missed by the wider community.She was an avid green fingered gardener and superb needlewoman.

Brenda adored her family and supported husband Tony in everything he was involved in. We all miss her greatly.

  • Colleen Jefferies – Keynsham and District No 104

It is with much sadness that we have to report that Colleen sadly lost her battle with cancer on the 5th April 2013 an illness she fought with such courage and determination.

Colleen was a founder member of both our Ladies Circle No 287 (1957) and Tangent (1967), chairing Circle in 1965 – 1966, Area 5 in 1970 – 1971 and Tangent 1976 – 1977. She attended her last Tangent meeting with us in February, such an inspiration in her reluctance to give in to her illness, we shall all miss her enthusiasm, experience and friendship, a lifelong supporter of the Conservative Party she would have found it amusing that her funeral was on the same day as Lady Thatcher.

Our sincere sympathies go to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Sheena Woodhouse – Linlithgow 328
  • Margaret Cowie – Linlithgow 328

Founder member.

  • Jeanette Rees – Mumbles 852
  • Margaret Constance Cooke – Pinner 171 & Henley-on-Thames 568

Margaret died peacefully on 26th March 2013 in Bournbemouth aged 79. Formerly of Pinner Tangent & Henley on Thames. Loving wife of David, much loved mother of Bernard, Tony & Christine. Following in her footsteps are her daughter Christine & recently her grandaughter Jeni, who are both members of Bushey & Oxhey Tangent & Circle respectively.

  • Patricia Weakley – Leicester 152

PATRICIA WEAKLEY, a Founder Member of Leicester Tangent Club 152, died on 17th April, 2013 aged 90 years.

  • Helen Parkinson – Norwich 233

Founder Member.

  • Betty Gayson – Moseley 133

On behalf of Moseley Tangent Club 133 could I please record the death of BETTY GRAYSON (1922-2013).

Betty was a Past Chairman of Moseley Circle 200, Area Circle Chairman and founder member of Moseley Tangent Club.

  • Marie Simmons – Grantham and District 550

Marie Simmons Poem

We are very sorry to say that we have recently lost one of the Founder members of our club, Marie Simmons and she will be sadly missed.

The poem was written by another of our Founder members, Val Odell.

Elland 535. It is with much sadness that we announce the deaths of two of our members who were great friends to each other.

  • Susan Marshall – Elland 535

dilys-and-sueSue, aged 70, passed away on the 27th September 2012, after a very short illness.

Sue joined Elland Ladies Circle in the early 70’s and was Chairman in 1974/75 and then President twice in 1983/83 and 2006/7.

She was a keen and active member of Elland Tangent and was always full of fun and friendship.

In addition to Tangent, she had many interests and hobbies, one of which was a supporter of Overgate Hospice, where she was involved in its opening and worked as a volunteer for many years.

A scented garden will be dedicated in the Hospice grounds in her memory.

  • Dilys Longbottom – Elland 535

Dilys, aged 74, passed away on the 9th March 2013, after a long illness.

Dilys was a long standing member of Elland Ladies Circle and was Chairman in 1977/78, before “retiring” to Elland Tangent where she was Chairman in 1982/83.

She was involved in many community projects in Elland and had a lively, outgoing personality which sustained her throughout her long illness.

  • Penny Snook – Bletchley 111

It is with much sadness that we have to report the death of Penny Snook of Bletchley Tangent on 15th January 2013.

Penny was Chairman of Bletchley Tangent in 1986 and the again in 2008, she was an active and much loved member who’s home was always open for Tangent events she will be sadly missed.

Each life touches this world in a way no others can, leaving not only wonderful memories but lasting imprints in our hearts.

  • Gill Creed – City of Wells 747
  • Veronica Richardson – Harpenden 137

Harpenden Tangent 137 are sad to record the death of our member Veronica Richardson on 9th January 2013.

Veronica was Chairman of Tangent in 1996-97 and Circle Chairman in 1968-67

  • Dorothy Neary – Ulverston 235
  • Jenny Kidner – Oswestry 767
  • Violet Elizabeth Lloyd – Morecambe & Heysham 90
  • Audrey Fabian – Porthcawl 119

Audrey Fabian was a loyal member of Porthcawl Ladies Circle and Tangent club 119 and her sudden death in December was a shock and great loss to her husband Clayton and family.

Audrey was a lovely, kind and thoughtful and she joined in all our activities and she will be greatly missed by us and especially by her life long Tangent friends whom she had known since the early days of Porthcawl Ladies circle.

God bless you Audrey.

  • Beryl Evans – Warrington 162
  • Sue Marshall – Elland 535

Sue MarshallSue was a very active member of our club, a very elegant lady who was the life and soul of any meeting.

One of her close friends has put together this brief obituary:

Sue was a very active member of our club, a very elegant lady who was the life and soul of any meeting.

One of her close friends has put together this brief obituary:

  • Elizabeth Morris – Founder Member – Whitley Bay 17

It is with much sadness that Whitley Bay Tangent have to announce the death of Founder Member Elizabeth Morris at the age of 98.

Elizabeth was an enthusiastic and supportive member of Tangent who used to keep us all amused with her stories and anecdotes.

She will be much missed

  • Joan ‘Jo’ Carter – Bury St Edmunds 187 and Harlow 144

It is with sadness that the Tangent Clubs of Bury St Edmunds (No. 187) and Harlow (No. 144) report the sudden death of a much loved member, Jo Carter, on 21st November, 2012, at her home in Risby.

Whilst living in Harlow in the late 1950’s, Jo and her veterinary surgeon husband, John, became involved with Round Table and Ladies Circle and John, supported by Jo, set up the first veterinary clinic in the new town. Earlier, Jo had begun her career in the civil service and later became a stewardess with British European Airways flying in Dakotas, Vikings and Elizabethans all over Europe. Jo never lost her interest in flying. Following some time in Canada, she, John, and their three children returned to the UK and moved to Bury St Edmunds where Jo became involved with Tangent both there and in Harlow.

Jo was a very conscientious member of Tangent and was twice Chairman of the Bury St Edmunds Club (1995-96 and 2008-09) and twice Chairman of Harlow (1989-90 and 2007-08). She enjoyed attending National Conferences and she and John were keen participants of national and regional camping events.

A very keen swimmer, cyclist, and gardener, Jo also found time for country dancing, caravanning and badminton. Typically, whilst fully involving herself in the life of Risby village and its church, she was always willing to help others.

John predeceased Jo, dying in January 2011. Jo will be sadly missed by her family and her many friends in Tangent.

  • Valerie Berry – founder member Hutton & Shenfield 666

It is with deep regret that I have to advise you that our dear member Valerie Berry passed away on the l3th November at the age of 71 year. She was a founder member of Hutton & Shenfield Tangent Club No. 666 and was Chairman in the year 1989/1990, and previously a member and Chairman of our Ladies Circle.

  • Ronnie Wells – Cuffley 278

We were very sad to lose Ronnie Wells in January 2012.  She had been a Circle & Tangent member since 1971.

  • Jane Thomas.- Founder Member of Chepstow & District 628

Jane was aged 64 and died on the 23rd of October 2012 after a long illness. She was past Circle Chairman and had also been our Tangent Chairman and was the loving wife of Spencer and much loved mother of Richard and Lucy and dear Grandmother to Sophie, Charlie, Thomas and Alice.

She was a very popular member of Tangent and we all miss her hugely.

  • Caroline Batterbury – Coulsdon & Purley 36
  • Rosemary Welch – Canterbury 93

Rosemary sadly passed away in November 2012 after a brave fight against cancer. She was an active member, and Past Chairman of both Canterbury Tangent and Ladies Circle. She had a wonderful sense of fun and will be greatly missed by us all.

  • Angela Clifford – City of Truro 331

It is with great sadness that we have to advise you that Angela Clifford passed away on !st November 2012 after a long illness.She fought her illness courageously. She was forever optimistic – her glass was always half full, never half empty.

Angela and her husband, Tim, moved to the Isles of Scilly in 1968 where she joined Ladies Circle. She then progressed on to Tangent and when the family moved to Truro Angela transferred to City of Truro Tangent Club No 331 where she was a loyal and valuable member.

She was a very brave lady and she will sadly be missed by us all.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out Tim and their children Christopher, Charles and Eleanor and also not forgetting the grandchildren.

  • Margaret Randfield – Founder Member – Kinder 289
  • Dorothy Churchill – Luton 154
  • Dorothy was Chairman 1973/74
  • Pauline Bradley – Secretary Luton 154
  • Julie Hayes – Warrington 162
  • Jan Appleyard – Aireborough 375

Very sadly Aireborough Tangent 375 have to announce the death of our Chairman Jan Appleyard.  She fought a brave battle against lung cancer for almost two years.  As well as Tangent Jan was involved with Wharfedale branch of Yorkshire Cancer Research.  She was an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed.

  • Rita Moon – Stockton-on-Tees and District 479

It is with regret we note the death on 1st  November 2012 of Rita Moon a past Chairman of Stockton-on-Tees and District Tangent Club No 479.

  • Betty White – Sutton Coldfield 7

It is with sadness that we report the death of Betty White a long standing member of Sutton Coldfield Ladies Circle and Sutton Coldfield Tangent Club. Betty was a very active member of both Clubs a Past Chairman and also held many offices within Circle and Tangent . Betty’s sight had deteriorated over the past years and she had been in poor health. Betty is survived by husband Don, children and grandchildren.

  • Sheila Longden – Sutton Coldfield 7

We are very sorry to have to tell of the sudden death of Sheila Longden, Sheila transferred from Ipswich Ladies Circle to Sutton Coldfield Tangent Club and was a very active member taking up the position of Chairman very soon after joining when the current Chairman was suddenly taken ill. Sheila was a young vibrant member of the Club a breath of fresh air to us all. She will be sorely missed.

  • Beryl Mackay – Farnham 469

Beryl was a lovely lady who passed away very suddenly on 5th August.  She was an active member of Farnham Tangent and is missed by us all.

  • Doreen White – Founder Chairman Swanage – 208
  • Diana Vine – Founder Member Swanage – 208
  • Jill Harris – Axe Valley 639 & Didcot (closed)

She was a lovely lady and will be sorely missed. She leaves a husband Don and two children with grandchildren who were obviously devoted to her. She had a long and courageous battle with cancer and was always cheerful.

  • Diane Morgan – Hallamshire 167

Diane Morgan, who died 22 May 2012.  Diane was so full of life and very active in everything she was involved in, being our Chairman for a second time just a few years ago.  She is greatly missed by us all and our thoughts are with her husband Gren and their children and families.

  • Ann David – Porthcawl 119

Porthcawl Tangent 119 would like to record the passing of Ann David from Bridgend.  A longstanding and loyal member of Ladies Circle and then Tangent, she will be remembered with fondness by friends in South Wales Tangent Clubs and also Hawick in Scotland.

  • Kathleen Mead – Potters Bar

Kathleen Mead passed away on 08/08/2012

  • Betty Naylor – Elland 535

Betty Naylor of Elland 535 and will be missed by her many friends in Tangent.

  • Jean De’Ruyter – Shrewsbury 24

It is with sadness that Shrewsbury 24 report the death of Jean De’Ruyter on July 27th, aged 86, after many brave months of illness.

  • Mavis Isted – Lymington 336

Lymington are sad to report the death of a fellow member of both Circle and Tangent – Mavis Isted. Mavis was a friendly but private person, and was a real gentle lady. She had been ill for about 18th months and sadly had not been able to attend meetings, but the girls kept in touch with her, giving all the news and gossip.

 

  • Joan Miller – Harpenden 137

Harpenden Tangent 137 are sad to inform you that our Founder Chairman, Joan Mary Miller, passed away on 30th April 2012 age 91.  Joan was a very respected member of our Club which she helped to form in 1968 and was the wife of Past National President of 41 Club Eric Miller.

  • Paddy Hollins – Tettenhall 332 & Stratford Upon Avon 740

Paddy Hollins who was in both Tettenhall 332 & Stratford Upon Avon 740

  • Sheila Hall – Leyland 234

Leyland Tangent Club 234 were sorry to hear of the death of one of our founder members Mrs. Sheila Hall, she was a life honorary membermuch respected and will be sadly missed.

  • Margaret Herbert – Bishopbriggs & Kirkintilloch 511

It is with great sadness we report the death of Margaret Herbert of Bishopbriggs & Kirkintilloch 511

  • Margaret Miller – Porthcawl 119

It is with great sorrow that  Porthcawl Tangent 119  have to announce the death of Margaret Miller. Margaret was a loyal member of Ladies Circle and Tangent for many years. She was greatly respected as a person and as a doctor and will be missed by her loving family and friends.

  • Janet Sparkes – Porthcawl 119

Porthcawl Tangent Club No 119 sadly announce the death of Janet Sparkes who was a loyal member and supporter and who will be missed by all fellow members and friends.

  • Maureen Sedgwick – Porthcawl 119

It is with great sadness that Porthcawl Tangent Club 119 announce the death of Maureen Sedgwick who was a loyal member of both Ladies Circle and Tangent and whose wonderful sense of fun always kept us laughing.  Mo attended every meeting until her illness sadly curtailed her movements. She will be greatly missed by us all and our thoughts and prayers are with Gerald and family.

  • Mary Pibworth – Camberley 270

Sadly Camberley Tangent has to announce the death of Mary Pibworth after a short illness.

Mary joined Camberley Ladies Circle in 1958 and during her time in Ladies Circle was Area Chairman of Area 8. In fact she was the last unelected Chairman of Area 8.

She was Chairman of Camberley Tangent in 1987/88 and was President of our Club from 2007 until her death.

Mary was a nurse and midwife during her career and put these skills to good use during the war. She had lots of interests including Bridge and gardening and loved performing in Camus which is Camberley Music Society. She loved getting involved in charity work and also was a member of Camberley Inner Wheel.

Mary died peacefully in her sleep on 21st May 2012 aged 91 and will be sadly missed by her family and many friends – a lovely lady.

  • Margaret Hale – Portsmouth and Southsea Tangent No 44

It is with great regret that we have to report the sudden death of our longstanding member Margaret Hale. Margaret died on May 29th 2012. She was a very enthusiastic member of Portsmouth and Southsea Ladies Circle and moved on to Tangent in 1971. She was a great supporter of all our events and in 2011 enjoyed celebrating her 80th birthday and joining in with our 50th anniversary lunch. Margaret’s husband David died in 1994 and she always said how grateful she was to Tangent and her many friends at that time. Our thoughts are with her daughter Alison, her son Peter and her 2 grand-daughters. She will be much missed by us all.

  • Ruth O’Donoghue – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland Tangent Club 140 is saddened to report the recent death of Ruth O’Donoghue who joined First in Ireland in the year 2000 having been a member of Newry Ladies’ Circle.  Ruth had, apparently, made a good recovery from major surgery but sadly passed away after a further short illness.  A quiet. reserved lady, Ruth will, nevertheless, be much missed by all her fellow members. A widow,she is survived by a daughter, Adele, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

  • Joyce Ellen Hall – Wigan 129 & Lymington 336

Joyce HallIt is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Joyce Ellen Hall on 14th November 2011.

Joyce came, with her husband John to Wigan from Lymington, where she was also in Tangent to be nearer to her family because of deteriorating health due to Parkinsons Disease.

They found a bungalow close to her daughter Jo and Family. Sadly just a few months after moving up her husband John died suddenly. He had brought Joyce to her first meeting at Tangent and died the following week. This meant she had to leave her bungalow and go into a nursing home. This did not deter Joyce one bit, although distraught at losing her husband, with the help of one of our members Sue Hirst, who became very close to her, she attended as many meetings as possible going to the cinema, playing bingo and having meals out, all with gusto.

She enjoyed everything we did and she always made us laugh as her wit was second to none. We all enjoyed her company very much and she will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her daughters Jo and Kate and their families

  • Milda Richardson – Forfar Tangent 644

Milda transfered to Forfar Ladies Circle from Edinburgh Pentlands and was a founder Vice-chairman of Forfar Tangent. Milda had many interests, the greatest of these were her six grandchildren.

Our sympathies go to husband George and children Callum, Catriona and Nicola.

She will be sadly missed by us all.

  • Eileen Duff – Forfar Tangent 644

Eileen was a native of Forfar and joined Forfar Ladies Circle as a young bride on her marriage to Bill.

She was a founder member of Forfar Tangent and a past chairman.

Eileen was a lady with a very busy life who liked nothing more than having her family round her.

She was pre-deceased by husband Bill in 1998.

Our sympathies go to children Gillian, Suzanne and John and her six grandchildren.

She will be sadly missed by us all.

  • Freda Radcliffe – Sutton Coldfield 7

Freda RadcliffeIt is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Freda Radcliffe on 15th June aged 90. She was Ladies Circle National Editor in the days when everything was done by manual typewriter including the annual listings of officers of all the clubs for the directory. Freda’s daughter Judy well remembers the endless corrections with carbon paper and the mounds of directories filling a large room in the house being prepared for dispatch. (Freda is second from left in the picture of the National Executive) Judy has many other good photos of her and national and local circlers which could be scanned if wanted.

Her own chairmanship of Sutton Coldfield’s Ladies Circle in 1956-7 directly followed her husband Norman’s of Round Table – hence the cartoon. They both greatly enjoyed their clubs’ social life  – one of Judy’s earliest memories was being read ‘Mary Mouse’ stories with her in gorgeous ball gowns and smelling of perfume before they went out – and both of them took a very active part in the work and organisation of their respective clubs.  She went on to be chairman of Area 4, and then on to national office.

freda-radcliffe-laides-circleIn later years she greatly enjoyed the friendship of her fellow Tangent members and was thrilled to join in events such as the past national officers lunch at Harrogate, and more recently the Sutton Coldfield area lunch in 2009 before she joined Judy in Maldon. The current members have been assiduous in ensuring that although in a residential home over the last year she was still very much joined to them in friendship, including the sending of flowers for her 90th birthday.

Below the pictures are some extracts from the papers found when her apartment was sold which well illustrate the range of contributions she made.

It was wonderful she had the opportunity for such a life time interest.

Judy has a number of Ladies Circle items available for disposal that she had kept but is loathe to discard if there is anyone out there who would have an interest in them.

In apriciation of Freda:

From Pat (Mann?) [NALC]

“…I would like to tell you as well that I think you have made an excellent chairman. You have conducted special occasions and ordinary meetings alike with charm and efficiency and I know you have put your whole heart and soul into the job. For my part it has been an interesting and enjoyable experience and thank you for everything.”

From Richard Williams [Round Table]

“.. Ladies Circle has meant a lot to both Mollie and myself in different ways while you were in the Chair: for my part, as an outsider, I have been able to observe objectively its growth in stature, and you will take your place amongst its most worthy leaders. As with Norman when he was our Chairman, you have shown unbounded energy and enthusiasm – not only on the Dance Floor!- but also for urging others on while your hand carefully and ably held the tiller. I feel that Ladies Circle is at its best when it can at once pursue its own objects and objectives, and yet be complementary to Round Table in many of their activities. This has now been achieved to my mind in ideal balance in your Circle. To you and Norman we owe great thanks for the fellowship which has helped to make life quite different for us…..”

From Dolcie and John (Round?) NALC

“In appreciation of the best humble Editor we’ve had”

From Sheena (Boogle?) Tangent

“Dear Freda,
Just a note to say how much I enjoyed your talk last night at Tangent. Your reminiscences of the early days of Circle and Round Table were fascinating – you all obviously had such fun. I don’t think us ‘young ones’ realise how much we owe to you who founded our Circle and helped to make our present Tangent such a friendly and supportive club….”

  • Marge McKinnell – East Kilbride & District 451

Marge McKinnell, member of East Kilbride and District Tangent 451. Died 15th November 2011. Very sadly missed.

  • Joan Peck – Ringwood & District 570

We were sorry to say farewell to our friend Joan Peck who sadly died on Tuesday 29th November 2011. Joan was a local girl who became very active in the Ringwood community from a young age.. Through her husband Brian’s membership of Ringwood Round Table, Joan joined Ladies Circle where she became an enthusiastic member, undertaking a number of positions including Chairman.

Joan was a founder member of Ringwood & District Tangent Club, and was chairman in 1983/4. She was very involved in the club and its success was of great importance to her. She was a true original with a keen sense of humour and an infectious laugh. Always ready to try anything, she and Brian became involved in a variety of activities with fellow Club members including camping, sailing and skiing. Imagine her on a ski lift singing at the top of her voice “The hills are alive with the sound of music”. It’s a wonder Ringwood Round Table and Tangent didn’t start an avalanche!

There are so many memories of happy days and everyone with whom Joan was involved will have their own. Joan’s sons Andrew and Rod were a very important part of her life. They gave a wonderful tribute to her at the funeral service which ended with the poignant song “We’ll Meet Again.” Our deepest sympathy goes to Brian, Andrew and Rod and their families. Joan will be greatly missed by them and all her friends.

  • Bobbie Burns

Saturday 22 October 2011 saw the passing of Bobbie Burns (1927-2011). Poor health, and long stays with family elsewhere in the Country, meant that Bobbie’s attendance over the past few years had been sporadic but we always kept in touch. Bobbie loved the time spent with her Tangent friends and declared her last visit to us on our 40th anniversary “a lovely happy occasion with friends old and new”. Sadly missed by all of her friends and family.
Following a short illness.

  • Anne Brayne – Taunton 199

Tuesday 28th February 2012, we lost Anne Brayne (1915-2012). At 96 Anne was a wonderful role model to us all. It is only in recent years that she gave up driving her, much loved and admired, Triumph Herald and decided too that perhaps it was time to hang up her tennis racquet! Anne was tiny, less than five foot, but this did not stop her driving converted cattle truck ambulances during the London blitz and nursing soldiers from WW2 Japanese war camps on their way home to the UK in Sunderland flying boats. Anne’s zest for living and her infectious good spirits will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  • Stephanie Roberts – Ashby de la Zouch 416

Chairman Sue and members of Ashby de la Zouch Tangent Club are sad to report the sudden death of Stephanie Roberts on 28th January 2012.

Stephanie was a loyal and conscientious supporter of both Tangent and Ladies Circle during the last 35 years. She served as Circle Chairman in 1981-82 and had a very successful year as Circle Area Chairman in 1984-85 when we hosted the Midland Regional Luncheon at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

After joining Tangent Stephanie was chairman in 1993-94 followed by 12 years as treasurer – making sure we stayed in the black.

Stephanie was a dear friend to us all and will be sadly missed for her sense of humour and warm personality.

Our sympathies go to her husband John.

  • Jean Holden – Horwich & Westhoughton 612

Jean Passed away in December from cancer.  She was an active member for many years having been our chairman twice. The first time was in 2001/2002 and 2005/2006.

Jean supported all our functions  attending her last meeting in March 2011.

  • Sheila Southwell-Mulvin – Portsmouth and Southsea 44

It is with great sadness that Portsmouth and Southsea Tangent No 44 report the death of longstanding and much loved member Sheila Southwell-Mulvin on March 5th 2012 after a long period of ill health. Sheila was a very enthusiastic member of Portsmouth and Southsea Circle and then of Tangent. She was Chairman in 1987/8 and again in 2000/01. She has continued to support Tangent and attended meetings whenever she was able to. We will all miss her very much and send our love and sympathy to her husband Billy and to their children, Siobhan, Joanna and Neil and to her grandchildren.

  • Margaret Collins – Camberley 277

Margaret Collins one of our Tangent members has recently passed away.

  • Doreen Burns – First in Ireland 140

First in Ireland 140 is saddened to report the sudden  passing  from a stroke related illness at the age of 85 of one of our members, Doreen Burns. Doreen had been a member of Dungannon Ladies Circle before joining Tangent in 1998, Doreen’s reputation for always being late for anything she attended was reflected in the fact  that she managed to be late for her own funeral. We will miss her at our monthly lunch meetings. Her husband David predeceased her 19 years ago.

She is survived by her daughter Jacqueline, son Stephen , grandson Allister and her siblings  Marjorie, Eileen and David to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

  • Muriel Brooks – Formby  349

It is with much sadness that I report death of Muriel Brooks on 28 February 2012. Kindly acknowledge her support to Ladies Circle & Tangent over many years.

  • Jeanne Barker – Market Harborough 224

Sadly, on 17th December 2011, Jeanne Barker (1931 to 2011), a Founder Member of Market Harborough Tangent Club, passed away after a short illness.

Jeanne was an active and supportive member of our Tangent Club throughout her long and happy membership, and was Chairman in 1974/75 and 1995/96, as well as being Chairman of Market Harborough Ladies Circle in 1965. She was also involved with local Women’s Institutes and Flower Clubs, as well as being a Church Warden.

Jeanne embraced life, and will be greatly missed by everybody who knew her. However, members of Market Harborough Tangent will especially miss Jeanne’s positive approach to all she undertook and her engaging ways. We feel privileged that Jeanne touched our lives, whether it was to a lesser or greater extent and she will be sorely missed by us all.

  • Shirley Cartwright – High Wycombe 170

It is with great sadness that High Wycombe Tangent Club No.170 reports the death of their much loved member, Shirley Cartwright. Shirley put up a long and brave fight against cancer but finally lost this and passed away on September 17th 2011. Shirley was an extremely active and dedicated member of High Wycombe Ladies Circle; holding the posts of Chairman in 1972/73 and President in 1990/93. An outstanding member of High Wycombe Tangent for over 30 years; Shirley was Tangent Chairman twice, in 1983/84 and again in 2000/01. Shirley is remembered for her reliability, energy, fun, loyalty and friendship. Shirley will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  • Catherine Bailey – Oakengates 567

It is with great sadness we have to report the death of Catherine Bailey. She has fought cancer for many years. She was a member of Oakengates Circle and then Tangent since its formation thirty years ago. She was chairman twice. We will all miss her friendly, helpful personality, always willing to help others, never complaining about her illness. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

  • Peggy Hawker – Northampton Nene 519

Peggy was a founder member and three times chairman of Northampton Tangent, a club which joined together with Northampton Nene some years ago. In addition to being a very active and committed Tangent member she also undertook a great deal of work in the community. She was a social worker by profession and in her own time set up ‘Footlights’, a drama group for people with various types of disability. She was also a member of the Mothers Union and travelled the world in support of its aims. She was ill for some time and sadly died in November 2011 at the age of 84.

  • Jean Rees – Tettenhall 332

Jean Rees died on 26th December, having suffered ill health for four years. Despite her health, Jean attended Tettenhall Tangent Club No 332 and was quietly supportive over several years.

Jean was originally from South Wales but moved to the Midlands with her husband, Ken, who worked in banking. Apart from her sons, Jon and Nick and their families, Jean’s other love was Bridge.

A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held on 24th February.

  • Mary Spraggon – Aylesbury 481

It is with great sadness that we announce that Mary died on Sunday 18 December 2011. Mary was one of the first members of our club which was founded in September 1977. She was chairman 5 times and was always an active and involved member. She will be sadly missed by us all. Our sympathies go to her husband Bill.

  • Jean Claris – Minehead 216

It is with sadness we report the death of Jean Claris on 24th November after a long and brave fight with cancer. Jean had been Chairman in 1981-82 and was a very supportive member of our club. Her help and friendship will be missed and our thoughts are with her family at this time.

  • Sheila Clatworthy – Wythall 681

Founder chairman in 1975 of Wythall Tangent 681