- Andrea Evans – St. Albans Tangent No. 114
It is with great sadness that St. Albans Tangent No. 114 report the death of longstanding and much loved member Andrea Jean Evans unexpectedly on 19th December 2016 aged 72 years. Loving wife of Derek, mother to Rhodri and Cerys and a glamorous granny.
Andrea devoted much of her life to both Ladies Circle and Tangent undertaking many posts within Ladies Circle. She was St. Albans Ladies Circle 133 Chairman, Area 21 Chairman, Ladies Circle National President 1991-1992, Ladies Circle International President 1993-1994 and was made a life member of Ladies Circle Romania. During her time as International Chairman she travelled widely and forged a close relationship with Round Table and Ladies Circle in Romania and was often found to be hosting youngsters from Romania when they visited our country. She worked tirelessly with children in the Hospices of Hope. and became a trustee.
She was also very active in St. Albans as a church warden of her local church, a member of the Flower Guild at St. Albans Abbey, a member of St Albans Cursillo and she supported Pleshy Retreat House.
She will be remembered fondly for all of her hard work here and overseas and the way she embraced life and brought a lot of fun and laughter to many lives.
- 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 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 Tangent
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 Tangent
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
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