Latest News from Grandma Noddy.......
- Just to put the record straight I am named 'Grandma Noddy' because I
- wearing red shoes like "Noddy" (according to
my grandchildren), not because
- I can't keep my head still!!!!
- Tommy is called "Grandpa Baldy" which needs
I can be contacted at:
Also catch grandson Nick Baines on
A website dedicated to Tom on
Tracy Francine Baines on
Dianne now has her own website on holistic therapies:
Lindsay died after a long illness (10 years) which
he fought with dignity, courage and cheerfulness every step of the
Testament to his popularity was the turnout at the
Crematorium, packed and standing room only all the way to the front of
the building and outside too. I didn't see a lot of Lindsay as
he was growing up but in the latter years I have bumped into him from
time to time and was always struck by his big smile and friendliness.
He will be much missed by his Mum, Dad, brother
Simon and sister Samantha.
He has left a mountain of memories behind to all who
- "Sometimes our lives are enriched by people
who are so special
- we are happier just because we knew them"
HANLEY Marina (Marie) (Nee Meech)
Marie, aged 75 years, passed peacefully in her sleep, at home, on
Monday 15th April 2013. Beloved wife and soulmate of the late Bill,
loving mum to Yvonne, Karin and Dale, dearest mother-in-law to Clive
and Nicky, precious 'Grandmar' of Stuart, Fiona, Ashlea, Dalton and
Mia, a dear aunt, great-aunt, cousin and good friend to many. She will
be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Another of my cousins who has moved
on to the second chapter.
THOMAS EDWIN LEE,
We have also set up a
website just about Tom and it can be found at -
|Tom died on the 5th February 2012 after breaking both
hips in the early hours of 1st June 2011. The first 3 days were
very traumatic because all the specialists he saw had no idea what had
caused it. He stayed in Grimsby until sometime towards the end
of June and then transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary to have an
operation on just one hip, they decided they couldn't operate on the
second hip during this time. He had a very bad time during the
operation and lost lots of blood and all sorts of complications.
He finally left Hull back to Grimsby Hospital and shortly after came
back home to be nursed there. He couldn't weight bear so we had
to get him in and out of bed on a banana board until they decided what
they were going to do next. He later had a bad time and had
difficulty breathing and ended up in hospital yet again. This
time it was pneumonia and after some time we got him back home again
but this time he had no strength to assist us with the banana board so
we had to have a hoist and carers to assist us. He was a
wonderful patient whilst at home (not so good for us when he was in
hospital) and this went on week after week and all the time no one
quite got to the bottom of what was wrong and he was never able to get
permission to put weight on his repaired hip. The week before he
died he was in good spirits but changed during the Friday and even
more on the Saturday until during Sunday he couldn't fight any more.
We had an extra 9 months with him after that initial shock on the 1st
June and we all appreciated that very much.
Tom had a very good and
interesting life. He loved all sports while he was young and
played them all whilst we were courting and for some years after we
were married and had our children. Then he began in the licensed
trade and sport took a back seat. He loved the entertainment
industry and had numerous cabaret acts, beginning in the 'Submarine'
(Pier Hotel) on the sea front and then The Sands Club and later in the
'Casablanca' in Grimsby.
He organised many charitable collections mainly for children who
needed special wheelchairs and anything that he thought needed help.
- We had 3 wonderful daughters, Tracy, Dianne and Taryn who he
loved to bits and then our sons-in-law
- Neil, Nick and Andrew who became his sparring partners (with
words). Later the grandchildren came along - Anthony, Luanne,
Nick, Roxie, Neilé, Talia, Tom, Olivia and Ruby. Then the
great grandchildren Taylor, Lyla and another one due in May who
turned out to be the delightful Elsie.
We all miss him terribly but he has left us with some wonderful
ARTHUR 'ARTY' WESTERMAN
Arty died on 25th March 2011. A friend of Tommy and I for
many years through our years at 'The Submarine', 'The Sands' and 'The
'Here's Looking at you Kid.'
MARGARET MARY BAINES
Sadly Peggy passed away on the 22nd March 2011 [mother of Neil] 10
weeks after her beloved husband Ken who died on the 11th January.
We will be going to Derby on the 12th April for her funeral and
another sad time for Neil and his brother Kevin and their families.
- Tom and I together with Andrew and Talia travelled to Derby
on 12th April 2011 to attend the funeral of Peggy. There was
a Harp Recital played by Liath Hollins beautifully and eulogy and
readings by her grandchildren Anthony, Charlotte, Nicholas and
Neilé together with readings on behalf of her son Neil [by Nick]
- and son Kevin [by his wife Daphne]
Afterwards at The Mackworth Hotel for more
entertainment, food and drink and later Kevin gave us a few songs
and then joined by his daughter Marie. Just as we were
leaving Neil got up and did a few numbers with Kevin from their
days together in show business, first as 'The Sputniks' and later
as 'Nick & Nock' and 'Nicholas and Nickelby' and apparently they
were still going strong long after we left.
- They certainly sent their Mum and Dad off in fine style.
- GLADYS MAY FARMAN
- Died 30th October 2008
I remember Gladys when I was very young and she
had her own hairdressing business and her brother Jim who also had
his own business as a Tin Smith, I believe, but I think it was their
Mother's ambitions and not theirs. When she died Gladys and
Jim couldn't cope and everything became too much for them.
Gladys also had a Vespa Scooter when they were the latest thing, she came
round to my mother's house to show us and she was very happy and
proud. It's so sad that Jim and Gladys didn't have such a
happy life as time went on. The reason I am writing this is
because yesterday morning, 15th March 2011, a received a
notification that I had been left a small bequest from Gladys.
She was the only one left of her family, her Dad Jim Snr. [my
Grandmother's brother] and her brother Jim had died and she also
died intestate so her estate was shared between quite a lot of us.
I shall always remember Gladys on her
scooter and how happy she was.
Rest In Peace Gladys and thank you for my gift.
These are photo's of Ben May grandson of my cousin
Lettie and her husband Pete May, son of Robert and his wife in
Queensland. Ben won -
3 gold medals
- He is 13 years of age and looks like a force to be
Tracy celebrated her 50th Birthday
in Cleethorpes with us and we all went to the Wellow for a Celebration
She should have celebrated it at
home in Dorset but because of the unfortunate passing of her
father-in-law Ken, all the plans the kids and Neil had organised for
her were put on hold. Neil has also had to travel to Mexico on
business so they will celebrate when he gets back, but it was lovely
that we all had the opportunity to spend time with Tracy on her
important half century.
Died Chaddesdon, Derby on 11th
Enlarge photos & articles to read all
Ken, father of my son-in-law Neil, has died and Tom
and I together with Dianne, Andrew and Taryn [Nick was away working in
London] went to his funeral in Derby on Friday 28th January 2011. The service
at St. Alban's Church was memorable with readings from his two sons
[Nick on behalf of his dad Neil and Daphne, with great flourish and
superb delivery, on behalf of her husband
Kevin], two of his
grandsons [Anthony and Nick] and two of his granddaughters [Neilé and Charlotte]
all of whom did a fantastic job. A Trumpet Solo by Peter Conway, who Ken taught to play trumpet as a
young boy. Recording by Andrea Bocelli of The Lord's Prayer. We
all left to the music "When You're Smiling"
Then on to The Mackworth Hotel for the meeting of family and
friends. I've never been to a funeral like it. There was
Charlie Chaplin, who danced with Taryn 'The Judge', Russell's
ORIOLE Brass Band, Kevin and Neil playing
instruments and singing with the band, Ken's granddaughter Marie with
her dad Kevin singing together. Kevin and Marie are still in show
business touring all over the country.
Tracy with Fay Weldon the author
Tracy won a place in the short
story competition in The Mail on Sunday 'YOU' magazine and was invited
to lunch in London with winners, authors, officials from the Mail etc.
Well Done Tracy!
ALBERT VICTOR MEECH
1937 - 2010
Albert died on the 1st September 2010 after
suffering many spells in hospital.
Albert was a larger than life character with a good
He will be sadly missed.
- Skipper Thomas Baxter Evans
- (sometime in 1956)
His son Garry sent it to me via email.
Apparently Tayné carried it in her
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13th March 1938
- 17th October 2008
"Thoughts of Special People
Warm The Heart Like Sunshine"
|To leave a "Lasting Tribute" to
Alfreda click on
It is with much sadness that I
announce the death of Alfreda
my much loved and admired cousin.
the mother of David, Allyson, Evan and the late Vivienne
- Beloved Grandma of Yasmin, Lilly,
Max and Fynn
- Holly, Daisy, Florence and Inigo
She has touched many lives during
her time on earth and made us all the better for knowing her.
I and my family love her, will
always love her, and she will never be forgotten
- "Sometimes our lives are enriched by
people who are so special
- we are happier just because we knew them"
- Can you hear something
- That’s Alfreda’s
- Can you hear that deep
- That’s Alfreda
somewhere near, poking someone in the ribs and bringing them
down to size.
- Check your ribs?
- You’ve just had a hug
- When my daughter’s
boyfriend came up to a visit to Cleethorpes both Neile and Roxie
warned him to take a really deep breath as she gave him a
welcoming hug or he would be crushed to death.
- They knew from previous
- That was Alfreda,
larger than life.
- Some people, after
their passing, still take up the same amount of space on earth
- as they did when they
- Alfreda was such a
- I can only think of
Alfreda and smile. That is her wonderful legacy.
- I think of all the
times she made us scream with laughter. Like the time the family
had stayed at the villa in Spain and just before they left for
the airport, to leave Neil all alone, in a big house, up in the
mountains her parting gift was to tell him that the spirit of an
old Spanish gent still lived there.
- Neil was on the phone
to me a lot that night before he travelled home the next day.
- And the time when I was
at my writing class and had a feeling while I was sitting there,
of floating out of my body and hovering around the room. Seeking
some spiritual answer I asked her what it meant.
- Her wise answer?
- You need to eat more
- Then there was her
crying bed and her laughing bed that she carried treatments out
on. When she was at Grimsby Road I didn’t just cry a river on
that bed – I cried an ocean. I didn’t feel I had any right to
bemoan my lot in life, there was always someone worse off. It
was the first Iraq war and the Kurdish people were freezing on
the mountainside at night and fighting over a loaf of bread to
feed their families.
- “How can I
be sad when the Kurds have so much to put up with?”
- “Bugger the
Kurds,” she said. “Your sorrow and pain is just as much to you.”
- I can’t tell you how
many people I have made smile telling them that story about
Alfreda. Showing them, as she showed me, that we all have every
right to grieve.
- And then latterly all
we did was laugh. All the tears behind me. And I’m sure I’m not
the only person she made feel better for her being there to heal
them, show them the way forward.
- I’m also sure that I’m
not the only person that went home with a magnet stuck to the
back of my head or some other place that she forgot to remove it
- Alfreda was a bundle of
energy that burst her way through life. She had her own sorrows
and sadness but she didn’t let them stop her. And I’m sure she
wouldn’t want us to dwell on them or feel sad for her, well only
as long as was decent. I think she’d feel uncomfortable and her
life was all about making people feel comfortable. Far better to
remember all the funny and wonderful things she brought to our
- She’s still here among
us. Her presence and energy as strong as ever. She’s just gone
to ruffle a few feathers somewhere else for a while.
- Can anyone hear
Alfreda and Tayné at my 70th
Birthday - 15th July 2006 and sadly they are no longer with us.
Hope they are having a big party
with the rest of the family.
Love you both.
- RORY TAYLOR
born this month (October 2008) in
- Perth, Australia
Congratulations to Justin and Tiffany
on the birth of their son Rory, a beautiful brother for Keeley.
Lots of love to you all.
Rory and Rory with big sister Keeley
- Nicholas & Emma
- Saturday 23rd August 2008
|Our first grandchild
Nicholas is marrying Emma on Saturday and we will
all be there to witness this occasion.
Congratulations and Lots of Love To You Both.
Joe & Debbi (Evans) Drury
became grandparents on 11th July 2008. Their son Steven and his
partner had a baby boy Iowyn.
and love to you all.
It's great to put some
good news on at last.
The donations in lieu of flowers which Tayné
requested, reached a staggering sum of £1,262.38 and it is being
passed on to The Macmillan Cancer Nurses Charity, The Marie Curie
Cancer Care Charity and The British Heart Foundation and Cancer
- Vivienne Yvette Jensen
- 24th December
1959 - 11th January 2008
Sadly Vivienne died suddenly after being taken to hospital during
the night She was 49 years of age and the daughter of my cousin
Alfreda and her late ex-husband Andrass. Our thoughts are with
Alfreda at this sad time and Vivienne's daughter Yasmin.
She has two brothers David and Evan and sister Allyson.
Rest in Peace Vivienne
- 17th June 1960 - 19th November
Beloved Daughter of Tom and
Sylvia (nee Mogg) Evans
- Tayné died today, Monday 19th November 2007. She was on her way
Tayné was the sweetest, gentlest, kindest, most wonderful person
you could ever wish to meet and with all her health problems she still
worked and was conscientious, hardworking and never let anyone down in
- During the past year we have enjoyed spending time with her at my
70th Birthday and Tom and I's 50th Anniversary
- and it was wonderful to see her because she didn't like getting
involved with lots of people but at both occasions
- she was among the last to leave so I am glad we had that time
We send all our thoughts to her three brothers Ray, Garry and
Lindsay and their families.
"Sometimes our lives are enriched by people who are so
special we are happier just because we knew them"
"Thoughts of Special People Warm The Heart Like Sunshine"
This is the cover page (dedicated to everyone) of the Booklet at
the Service to Celebrate Tayné's Life.
It contained Messages, Poems and Songs for her Dad, Mum,
brothers and their wives and their families and to all of us.
It was a beautiful service and it had all been arranged
personally by Tayné down to the last detail and her family made sure
it happened just as she wished.
There was a packed house 'standing room only' for Tayné's
farewell and it was a fitting send off to a truly wonderful human
The report in the Evening
Telegraph about Tayné can be reached by clicking on
Family Tree. This is a much
fuller report which the Telegraph condensed and it was written by
This is the email from Garry to us
To all of You.
Please beat the drums and pass the
message around the family to those that do not have email that Tayné
will be arriving by a Motor Cycle Hearse at 11:40 am at the Grimsby
Crematorium on Friday 30th November 2007.
Two sessions have been booked as
Tayné had so much that she wished to say, followed by a buffet at Mc
Menemys at Blundell Park.
Tayné had made all the arrangements
herself, even down to the ribbon on her Coffin.
We as her family have had very
little input because Tayné had organised this event as much as she
could, over many years and only changed things when she thought of
We are carrying out Tayné’s
I found out today 21 November
2007 from Kim our Cousin who was brought up with Tayné that it was a
wish of Tayné to one day ride a Harley.
Now I know that Tayné enquired
about a Motor Bike Hearse more than one year ago and because of what
Kim told me, I know we have done the right thing getting it.
I do not know if it will be a
Harley that pulls the Hearse but Tayné will forgive us for that I am
sure if it is not a Harley.
Tayné is leaving us with her last
laughs and mischievous sense of fun.
A message for
Tayné from Garry.
Tayné, Ride your Harley until you
acquire your Angels Wings.
I do not think that they will take
you long to earn.
You have earned most of your
feathers in this life.
You have been one of life’s gems.
You have been a wonderful Sister,
Companion and Friend.
I am sad that your work was done in
such a short time.
I guess you were needed somewhere
else for your God.
I am happy that you no longer have
your aches and pains.
And for those that have gone
before, were waiting for you.
You can play with the dogs that
have enriched your life.
Enjoy your Angel Friends whom you
spoke too so much.
And most of all,
To Dance With Your Father Again.
Kathy (Victory) Eames - Kathy would have
been celebrating her birthday on Sunday the 14th October 2007 and
I didn't want it to pass without mentioning her.
- I still have to stop myself sending her an email when I
have something to pass on that I know
- she would be interested in.
- I send all my best to Len and family.
A smile, a touch, a gentle
laugh remembered, a voice softly whispered in the
AUSTRALIA LATEST PHOTOS
- 1st photo: Keeley, Tom and Will
- 2nd photo: Jasmine, Tom and Will
- Keeley and her Mum were over in 'Good Old England' in June and
stayed with Uncle Andrew, Auntie Taryn, cousins Talia and Tom.
- They went to Disney in Paris together.
They also spent time with Keeley's Great
Grandparents - Eva Skudder, Peter and Cynthia Borrell
- Also Keeley and her Mum went to visit her Grandpa in
Holland for a few days.
Hope you both had a good time while you were
here and Keeley you are a pretty little girl with lots of
- See you sometime.
Lots of Love from Grandma Noddy
Marie's [Victory] Smith's Son Brad and his Bride Clare on their
which took place at Armthwaite Hall in the Lake District
1st photo: Marie and her daughters Rachel & Natalie
Brad, Karl, Rachel & Natalie
- Son of Matthew and Vicky Skudder
- born on Friday [I believe] 31st August
Congratulations Matt and Vicky
Another grandchild for Dave and Maggie
Lily & Max and proud Dads
Daughter of Paul and Kerry
THOMAS JOSEPH VICTORY
|Tom died on the 17th August 2007 in Lowestoft
just one month after his daughter Kathy Eames [Victory]. Kathy
died in Canada on the 14th August 2007. I believe Tom was
around 81 years of age.
Frances, his niece in Dublin,
emailed me with the sad news. I hadn't seen Uncle Tom in many
a year as he moved to Lowestoft after he and my Aunt Jean divorced
and he married again. He was the father of Tom, Marie,
Kathy, Kevin and Paul.
The above is a photograph of Tom's sister Marie, his son Kevin and
daughter Marie who attended his funeral in Lowestoft.
Holiday in Spain July 2007
|We all had a great time in Spain at Neil and
Tracy's Villa. We missed having Di, Nick and the girls and
also Nick and Emma there.
We were joined by Talli and her grandson
Aaron for the holiday and Tom and Aaron are best buddies forever
[14.10.1948 - 14.07.2007]
With much sadness and shock I announce that
Kathy died today 14th July 2007.
Our love and sympathy go out to her family in Canada
and also her brothers and sisters here and her many cousins, of whom I
am one. I shall miss her emails and the photos she sent me from
time to time.
The photos above are Kathy as a toddler who I remember
baby-sitting and the second one is Kathy at one of her Darts
Competitions and the third is Kathy and her family in Canada.
Kathy competed in the British Columbia Summer
Games over the last few years and regularly came back with a fistful
of medals - gold, silver and bronze. She also coached Softball
and was 22 years on the Executive at Cloverdale.
She will be sadly missed by all who knew her -
Good Night and God Bless Kathy.
EAMES _ Kathleen Elizabeth It is with great
sadness and shock we announce
the sudden passing of Kathy, a mentor and mother to all who knew
will be greatly missed but never forgotten. She is survived by her
husband of 37 years Len, their children Darran, Tracey (Shawn)
Vickey (Keith), grandchildren Morgan, Jordyn and Hailey, brothers
sisters and extended family in England, close friends Don and
Campbell and many other friends and acquaintances. Kathy was
and involved in the Cloverdale Minor Softball for some 22 years,
Langley Dart League. A memorial service will be held on Monday July
at 2:00pm. at Valley View Funeral Home, 14660 - 72 Avenue, Surrey,
a reception to follow at the Cloverdale Legion. Donations in Kathy's
can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Published in The Province on 7/20/2007.
Neil's Mum and Dad (Peggy and Ken Baines)
celebrated their Diamond Wedding on Thursday 7th June 2007
Neil, Tracy and Neilé travelled to Derby to
celebrate with them
Congratulations to them both and lots of love
- JAN THOMPSON
- (AUNTIE JAN)
- When we arrived home today Monday 9th April we heard the
sad news that Jan has passed away on Tuesday 3rd April 2007.
- She travelled from Doncaster to celebrate our Anniversary
with us on Friday although she wasn't feeling in the best of
health and apparently was feeling worse on the Saturday and
decided to drive back to Doncaster, and after arriving home
didn't get any better and sadly never recovered.
- Auntie Jan was married to Eva Skudder's cousin Joe and so
she was always part of the Skudder family and was at all of
their many family celebrations and then became part of our
family. She used to bring numerous tins full of fairy
cakes decorated with smarties, jelly tots etc. to Andrew and
Taryn's many parties at their home.
- We shall all miss Auntie Jan at the family gatherings
with her interest in what you were doing and listening to her
- She was a great character. I am sure she is making
her mark already wherever she is.
If you would like to read the Eulogy to Jan (which describes
her beautifully) written and delivered by her nephew Clive
and as soon as I can get back in the
swing I will be thanking you all.
- Thanks to our three daughters and their families Tom and I had a
wonderful evening at the Humberston Country Club on Friday the 30th
March 2007 and it was great to see all the family and friends who over the
years we don't see as often as we would like.
- On the following day we left for Spain staying at Neil and
Tracy's villa arriving back home today
Monday 9th April at 3 am.
- We would like to thank everyone for the many wonderful cards and
the presents (although I said no presents required on the invitation)
- Tom and I will be celebrating our Golden Wedding
Anniversary on the 30th March 2007 and it's been quite a journey, plenty
of ups and down but we're still here and feel very luck and thankful
- As I always say some folk don't get the
opportunity to reach 50 years through no fault of their own.
- We have three wonderful girls and they together
with their families have made us truly happy.
- Nick and Emma are in Mexico for three months and they are having a
- Here a few photos he has sent me.
- Glad you are both having a good time. See you when you get
- John Evans has emailed the following photos to me and you can see
from them that
- we in certain parts of England had a drop of snow compared to them.
- Today (Saturday 20th January 2007) is the Wedding Day
in Perth, Australia of Justin and Tiffany (Skudder)
- We wish them a Wonderfully Happy Day and I'm sure the icing on
the cake is that her Grandmother Eva made the long journey from England
to be there with them today.
"To Love and be Loved is the Greatest
Happiness of Existence"
Frank passed away on Friday 12th January 2007.
Our thoughts go out to Mary and her family at this sad
Trip To Australia
- Andrew has left for Australia today (Wednesday 10th January) for
- He has taken his mother, Eva, 80 years young to make sure she is
there for her Granddaughter Tiffany's Marriage to Justin and celebrate
her eldest son John's 60th birthday on the 28th January 2007.
- She will also be meeting her Australian Great
Grandchildren Keeley and Will for the first time, and I believe more are on
- 1st Photo - back Chris, Tiffany, front, Dave, Eva,
- 3rd - Will, Jasmine, Justin, Keeley
- 4th - David, Andrew - 'We're A Couple of Swells'
- 5th - Eva, Andy, Mag, Dave, Chris
- Her son David and daughter-in-law Margaret are also making the
trip with Andrew and Eva.
- Congratulations, love and best wishes for all your
celebrations from all of us in Dear Old England.
Kerry & Paul Cade
Congratulations to you both on the birth
of your daughter,
on the 26th November 2006
- and also congratulations to brand new
- Dave & Maggie Skudder.
- Incidentally this new baby girl was born on my Granddaughter
- Neilé's 17th Birthday.
Michael & May (nee Evans) Overend
- Celebrated their Ruby Wedding 12th October with their
friends and family.
- Their daughter Michelle organised it all as a surprise for her
Mum and Dad and
- they didn't suspect a thing.
- Well done Michelle!
- Congratulations and Good Luck to them both.
- Krissie on receiving her Degree.
- Congratulations and Well Done Kris,
- it's been a long hard road but you made it.
- We're Proud of You.
Eva is celebrating her 80th
Birthday today 7th September 2006.
We wish her lots of love and a Very Happy Birthday.
Debbie (Evans ) Drury
- I have just received an email from Joe telling me that Debbie was
- rushed into hospital on Saturday and then moved on to Hull Royal
- and had an operation on her spinal cord to remove a disc. She
- probably be in hospital for another 10 days at least. We send
- all our love and wish her a full and speedy recovery.
- Debbie is home now and her condition is more serious than first
- thought and it is going to be a long and unpleasant recovery for
- her. She, Joe and the kids need all our love to
- get them through all this.
- On Saturday the 15th July 2006 I celebrated my 70th Birthday.
- Dianne organised it all and it was held at the home of Taryn and Andy.
- Tracy, Neil, Nick and Neilé turned up as a surprise.
- I didn't expect them as Neil and Tracy haven't had a minute
- to spare for weeks now with Neil travelling worldwide and
- Tracy moving house.
- It was a wonderful evening and below are a few of the
- photographs taken. I had many of my 29 cousins and
- families there and it was lovely to see them.
- I'm very lucky, and I know it. Tom & I have got three
- daughters together with their husbands, Andy, Neil and Nick
- (in alphabetical order!) and our wonderful grandchildren.
Roxie now 16 celebrated her 'Prom' last night Friday 14th July.
Roxie & Friends
- Neilé is now 16 and she and all her school friends celebrated
- their 'Prom' last week.
Neilé and Friends 'Off To The Prom'
- Grandson Nick has been courting his girlfriend Emma for quite
- some time now and he is missing her very much at the moment
- because she is on a trip to India (which she has been planning
- and saving up for for quite some time now - planned before
- she met Nick). So we are all hoping she has a wonderful time
- and will be back with Nick again soon.
- Nick and Emma
- Tom & I have been on a Wonderful Holiday from the
- 5th June 2006 (A Christmas
Present from Taryn & Andrew
- given to us last Christmas Day).
- We started off in Los Angeles and stayed at The Beverley Hilton Hotel
- short walk from Rodeo Drive and then flew to Honolulu and boarded '
- The Pride Of America' for a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands and
- on to San Francisco where we stayed at The Sheraton Hotel a short walk
- to the waterfront and Fisherman's Wharf. We had a Fabulous Time
- we both know how lucky we are to have such wonderful daughters and
- their families. Life is Sweet.
- LIFE IS NOT MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF BREATHS WE TAKE,
- BUT BY THE MOMENTS THAT TAKE OUR BREATH AWAY!
- Our kids continue to take our breath away!
Latest News - Hot off the Press - Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Has that got your attention?
- Just to let you know that Talia Gylettie - also known as
'The Ace One'
- (must be Auntie Di brainwashing her) has landed a major role in
- school's production of The Wizard of Oz - looking forward to those
- Is there no end to this girl's talents? No there
- Modelling for Roberto Cavalli aside, she works hard at her
- studies, plays guitar, swims and most magnificent of all,
- keep her mother and father on track. Without her sage
- would they be - destitute and on the street I can tell you and
- to the State.
- Well, 'The Ace One', next stop 10 Downing Street for
- 11th October 1922 - 21st September 2005
- It is with much sadness that I announce the news of Tom's death
- today Wednesday 21st September 2005. He celebrated his
- Wedding with Eva, his six sons and their families on the 1st
- and Eva's 79th Birthday on the 7th September.
- He will be much missed.
- A True Gentleman
- Announcing Tom & Eva
Skudder's 60th (Diamond) Wedding Anniversary
- on the1st September 2005 and they are having a Family & Friends
- Celebration on the 2nd September 2005.
- Tom & Eva at Tom's 80th Birthday Party
- They have six sons of which the youngest (Andrew) is our son-in-law
- (married to our daughter Taryn). They have lots of
- quite a few great grandchildren, so they have done their bit for
- Good Old England!
- Tom & I will be celebrating with them on the 2nd September and
- we wish them a Wonderful Day and much love and happiness.
Tom & Eva with their six sons and daughters-in-law
- Their eldest son
and his wife Chris
- as a surprise from Australia to join in the
Celebrations with their Mum
- and Dad.
- BC Games - Darts
- Kathy has just got back from The BC Games and she has got a
- Gold Medal for the Ladies Doubles, Silver in the Team Games
- and Bronze in Mixed Doubles.
- Didn't She Do Well?
received an email from John (Evans) in Canada informing me of his daughter
- Rhonda's marriage and he has sent me some
How's that John?
- Emily Austin - 9 years old. Granddaughter of John and Wendy
- She has a sister Lillian Mai and lives in Canada.
- Nathan [son of John and Wendy] when he represented
- The Canadian National Karate Team in Prague,
- he is second from left and he won a Silver Medal.
- He has been recalled to The National Team for next years World
- Well Done Nathan.
- Congratulations to Steve Skudder and Jan Walster
who are getting married Friday
- the 12th August 2005.
- Also many
Congratulations to Wanda (Evans) and Roy Langley who are celebrating
- their 40th (Ruby) Wedding Anniversary on Friday
the 12th August 2005.
- Also my cousin May (Evans) and her husband Michael Overend
- Great-Grandparents on the 4th July 2005. Their eldest
- gave birth to a daughter Louise Victoria. Congratulations to
- Kathie (Victory) Eames is on her way to the B.C. Summer Games - Good
- Luck Kathy and have a fantastic time.
- Hello to Rab Hanley and his family up in Scotland. I have
just received an
- email from him he had come across my website and had enjoyed looking
- at the photo's of his relatives Aunt May & Uncle John Evans, Marie &
- Bill Hanley. Hope to hear from him again soon.
- Check out - News From
- We have just got back from holiday, Tom & I, John (brother) and Roxy
- spent with Neil, Tracy and Neilé (grandaughter.)
- John managed to bite his back whilst asleep.
- Photo for proof.
- Any guesses on how he did it?
- Neilé and Roxy cleaned out the pool and spent most of their time in
- it afterwards.
- Tom cooked breakfast and evening meal most days and in his spare time
- did some carpentry.
- John was on gardening and hosing duties.
- I was on my knees scrubbing and polishing tiled floors. Neil
- been wanting to get me on my knees for years. No photo.
(click on Birthdays to open up the list)
Party held on Thursday 30th December 2004
- Tommy 4 and Olivia 3½
dressed and all ready for their Nativity Play
- on Tuesday 14th December 2004 in St. James Church, Grimsby.
- They are both pupils at St. James School.
- They did a great job, sang their hearts out and Tommy had a
- words to say on his own and he boomed them out so we could
- towards the back of the Church.
- Grandson Nick is once again in Austria - Snowboarding and
- and will be there for six months. Have a wonderful
time Nick and
- here's wishing you and your friends a Wonderful and
- Lots of Love from Grandma Noddy and Grandpa Baldy.
- Daughter of Tiffany & Justin - Perth, Australia
- Happy Christmas to the three of you.
Latest photo of Ruby
- Here's her first picture taken today Wednesday 17th November
- Dianne and baby came home today.
- Dianne had a baby girl (Ruby Joan) at five minutes
past one this morning
- (Sunday 14th November 2004). Great news for
- Olivia, Roxanne, Luanne and all of us.
Nicholas & Kathleen
- Tom & I attended the wedding of our friends Nick & Kath Furneaux
- today Saturday the 30th October 2004. They both looked wonderful
- and very
happy. Steve Skudder was best man (Steve can been seen
- on 'Blast From The Past' in his best dress). It was also great
- Uncle Arty (who is also on blast from the past). Wishing them
- of love and happiness.
- I forgot to take my camera so will have to wait for photographs.
- There was plenty of cameras flashing so I'm sure I can come up with
- at The Mackworth Hotel, Derby
- It was a beautiful day.
- They definitely have a wonderful future in front of them because
- are very much in love and have waited a very long time to find each
- They deserve a wonderful life.
- Lots of Love and Happiness to your both.
- Tracy gave a lovely reading of a poem she had written for them
- can read it by clicking here.
Nick and Dianne
Were married on the 7th August 2004 and here are a few of the
- 1. Nick and Di signing up 2. Nick Di and
Olivia cutting up
- 3. Di somewhere tropical 4. Di and her 3
At last I have some photo's of Conway and Allyson's August
Wishing a long, prosperous and happy life to you all.
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News from Cornwall.......
Here are three of Alfreda's grandchildren -
Lilly, Max and baby Fynn William
- Alfreda has spent time with them all and was there when
- the new baby was born and we would all like to send our
- Congratulations and Love to them.
- Alfreda travelled back to Cornwall for the marriage
- and Conway in August 2004 photo's above.
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News from Canada........
- Well done Kathy on your success with darts in the B.C. Summer Games -
- and all the best when you compete in November.
- Well done again Kathy with your Softball Coaching, 22 years on the
- Executive at Cloverdale and still coaching. (I found out about Kathy
voted Volunteer of the Year whilst browsing Kathy Eames and
- Cloverdale on
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W. J. Skudder
- Welcome to William John Skudder born at 2.10 pm weighing in
8lb 20z on I think 30th March 2004 to Andrew and Becca in
- Australia. Congratulations and lots of love to
the three of you.
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- Well here we are in 2004. After an enjoyable Christmas we
- were on our way to Florida flying on the 27th December 2003.
- The party
included Tommy and I - Taryn, Andrew, Talia,
- Tom - Dianne, Nick, Roxanne and Olivia.
- Tracy, Neil & Neile` flew to their villa in Spain
- 27th December also.
- Nick has been in Austria since before Christmas and
- away for six months Snowboarding and generally having
- wonderful education at the University of Life, Lu was
- with college and working especially over Christmas.
- Well that's about all for now I came back from
Florida with a
- very bad cold which has slowed me up quite a bit and
I am only
- just feeling like catching up with my website.
It's the cold that
- just about everyone has been suffering from during
- few weeks. Where are the germs coming from?
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- Latest News from Perth, Australia, newly born Keeley daughter
- of Tiffany and
Justin, first grandchild for John and Chris Skudder,
- another Great Grandchild
for Tom and Eva Skudder (I don't know
- how many grandchildren and Great
grandchildren Tom & Eva have
- got now but I think Skudder means Rabbit in old English
- and first Great Grandchild for Peter and Cynth Borrell -
well done kids -
- lots of love and best wishes from Grandma Noddy and all her
- Whilst we are in Australia here's a photo of Andrew and
on their Wedding Day last Christmas time 2002 when Andrew,
- Taryn, Talia and Tom
went to Australia for the wedding and Talia was
- very proud to be a bridesmaid. Also Steve, Christopher,
- and Andrew's brother Simon went to Australia for the wedding
- had a great holiday too.
- The first photo is Andrew and his bride Rebecca
- The second shows Talia the bridesmaid on the left and Tiffany
- on the right with brother Andrew
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You’ve found that someone special in life,
A precious, a beautiful thing
Someone with whom you can open your mind,
and your soul
Someone who makes your heart sing.
Someone to share all the laughter
Someone to dry all the tears
Someone to be there ever after
Someone to love through the years.
And because of the love you have found -
And you share,
We are gathered here today,
To wish you all the good things in life,
To help you on your way.
May happiness weave into all of your days
Good health and abundance too
May you find peace and love in thousands of ways.
May your problems be small and few.
May your hearts be filled with joy from the start,
As you step into this life anew
And your dreams - be they never ending
We hope that they all come true
May you cherish each other when times are hard
Be tender - and thoughtful - and kind.
Be there to support and strengthen each other,
Because that is the moment you’ll find,
That love makes the light shine into our lives
It uplifts, it eases the pain.
It comforts, it soothes, it heals and it warms,
Makes life feel worth living again.
On this twenty sixth day of September
When you marry, and two become one
The melody and harmony blended together
You finally become just one song
The day when we celebrate two people in love
No happier day to recall
For you both found that someone special in life
The greatest gift of all.
by Tracy Francine Baines
retiring, hesitant, quiet, demure, a wall flower – Yes, none of these adjectives
can be used to describe “Aunty Jan” as she was universally known.
Aunty Jan was a
very sociable person – she seemed to know everybody and everybody knew her. But
not everybody got Aunty Jan straight away – I didn’t! She could
intimidate and appear downright rude, which is why I wanted to say these few
words today, to try and give a true flavour of Jan. There’s just not enough
time to do her full justice, but I’ll do my best.
I first met Jan
in 1973. She was out with Joe at Wilsic Hall Hotel and I was out with my new
girlfriend, her niece, Wendy. She took one look at me and sized me up straight
away as a weedy ne’er do well and definitely not good enough for her niece. And
she made it plain that’s what she thought. And that was it. We didn’t see or
hear from her for 10 years. Then, one day Wendy came home saying she’s bumped
into Jan in town. I said tell her to come for tea. That was just before our
first child Louise was born. Jan duly came for tea. Nothing was mentioned
about the missing 10 years, and I don’t think Jan or Joe, when he was alive,
ever missed another of our family do’s from then on.
She was firmly
back in the fold. She never came empty handed. Her car boot was ever
overflowing with cakes and buns, decorated with Smarties, Jelly Tots and Dolly
Mixtures, arranged in bizarre patterns in the icing. Who on Earth she thought
could possible consume the vast quantity of buns she would bring on each visit I
will never know. Trifles always came overflowing their bowls, often much of
them left in the bottom of her car boot. These buns went to all St. Wilfred’s
School Fayres and woe betide anyone who sold them cheaply.
Jan loved a
party and held court at many of ours, always happy to talk to anyone and regail
them with stories of Doncaster past. And at Christmas she would sing along with
the best of us, usually leading the singing.
When Joe died in
1993 there was a gap in Jan’s heart and her life. And just at that time, Louise
mentioned St. Wilfrid’s School, Branton, wanted someone to talk to the children
in her class about the war years. Jan volunteered, loving nothing better than
talking about the old days. That was for just one day in 1994. From that day
on she has gone to St. Wilfrid’s School every Thursday right up to the week
before she died. The kids at St. Wilfrid’s got Aunty Jan even
though she could be quite scary – the kids knew she was packed full of love.
She loved being
with the children and in the early days took skipping ropes to get the children
outside skipping. She wrote books of skipping chants, selling them to raise
money for school funds and charities. She even had the Daily Mail come to
school to do an article on her and her skipping chants. Many people wrote to
her about them and she then kept up regular correspondence with them.
She just had so
many friends who she kept in touch with. Such good neighbours, like Grant,
Harry and Heather, who looked out for her and who she loved spending time with.
Sheila who went round every Saturday faithfully along with Tony and the boys –
all lifelong friends. Her sisters, Mary and Madge who she took out for dinner
every Wednesday in the car, along with Pauline some weeks, going to local pubs
where, if the food wasn’t up to scratch or the plates went cold, Jan would be
there complaining loudly while Madge and Mary wilted in embarrassment. Going
out with Aunty Jan was like going out with a time bomb – you never knew when she
was going to go off.
years she has visited family in Cleethorpes and I’m sure she regailed them with
tales of the Doncaster family and friends in the same way she regailed us with
tales of Joe’s cousin Eva and her family – people we have never met but through
Jan felt we knew intimately – and I bet they got buns and trifles too!
She kept in
touch with her nephew Geoff Dean and family and her niece Jane in Canada as well
as Jack, Jan’s older brother still in Canada. Jane was due here last Thursday
to stay with Jan and I know Jan will be furious that she’s not here to see her
but I know somewhere she is watching us now, seeing if she approves of her
send-off. She’ll also be sad to miss Mandy and Konrad’s wedding in May but I’m
sure her spirit will be there. Something as banal as death couldn’t keep her
And that’s it,
Jan loved people and wasn’t frightened to say so and people loved her right
back. She didn’t talk about doing things, she got in her beloved Toyota and did
them. And the only good thing about her sudden departure last week is that she
never had to slow down or stop doing the things she loved doing right up to the
Wendy and I and
our kids loved Jan and she loved us all right back just like all the rest
unequivocally and she taught my kids so many different things. One was to stand
up for yourself. Don’t hang about, get on with it. A few years ago there was a
Proms cum Battle of Britain type Concert organised at the Deaf School with the
local jazz/youth orchestras playing. Wendy, the kids and I all went and took
Jan with us, all decked out in Union Jack hats and flags. We had a really good
sing along but as the conductor finished off and said goodnight, I whispered to
Jan that we hadn’t heard Jerusalem – and of course she immediately shouted out
to the conductor “what about Jerusalem?!” He said that he was sorry but he
hadn’t got the music for Jerusalem. Jan, undaunted, said “you don’t need music
for Jerusalem, everyone knows it”. OK said the exasperated conductor, if you
want it, come up here and sing it. At which Aunty Jan marched the length of the
hall through the crowd, with the conductor whispering under his breath, you
know what they say; it’s not over ‘till the fat lady sings. And sing she
did. Jan got the whole place on their feet singing as if their lives depended
on it, flags and banners waving. And Jan had a personal invitation back for the
next few years to each successive concert to lead the singing of Jerusalem, so
successful had her spot been that night.
My kids, I
hasten to add, were squirming with embarrassment, but they got it
– it worked, the crowd loved her. We all loved her. We can’t all be Jan but
thank goodness there are a few characters about in life like Jan. Good hearted,
straightforward people, who you love and they love you right back. They might
not be perfect but they don’t give a fig. And political correctness has no
place in their lives, just good old fashioned common sense.
service I would like to invited you all back to our home for coffee and buns
(not as good as Jan’s but hopefully they would get past her stringent quality
control). We have some photos from Jan’s past that possibly show better than
words who Jan was. Jan loved nothing better than a gathering, so I know that
she would love you all come back and have a drink to Jan, even if it’s only tea.
Now, to finish
off, I’m afraid we can’t have the fat lady this morning but I tell you she’s
here watching us all, so do her proud and please stand up and sing Jerusalem
along with me for her, One Last Time!
Written and delivered brilliantly by Clive her nephew
© 2001 Grandma