I grew up in Sheffield, took lessons in shorthand and typing from the age of 12 and after attending what was then Granville College on a Secretarial Course, began working at 16 at a small branch of an Insurance Brokers. My first wage was £3/7/6p and I bought a Beatles LP, happy days! I was later employed as Secretary to three Directors of a Lloyd’s registered Insurance Brokers in Sheffield, leaving in 1977 to have my two boys. In 1982 I began working for an Advertising Agency as a Secretary but later took on the responsibility of running the very busy Media Department, booking space in all areas of media, Magazines, Newspaper, TV, Radio and Bus Sides. It was a very demanding job with constant deadlines but also very rewarding. Before retiring, I worked for a number of years at Rathstone CCP Ltd. an IT Supplier to schools, colleges, local and national businesses. I am now happily retired and have actually started baking, something I never had time for in my busy working life.
I joined my husband Colin, already a member of Maltby (Rother Valley) Lions in 2012 after having helped with the sleigh runs at Christmas and the annual Pensioners’ Carol Concert and seeing the great camaraderie between members. I soon took on the role of Secretary responsible for taking Minutes, organising the necessary licences etc. and dealing with general correspondence and enquiries.
I have also collected on several occasions on behalf of Marie Curie for the Daffodil Appeal, a joint venture with the Lions.
Favourite Colour – Blue
Favourite Food Dish – Curry
Favourite Animal – German Shepherd
Favourite place to visit – Paris
Favourite things to do when you have time on your hands – Reading, Game of Thrones, Shopping
“My Great Grandfather Joseph Crofts Brothwell opened the Hillsborough Palace of Varieties which closed in 1911 and also had a pleasure boat on the River Don. In those days there were salmon in the river. He also owned a Laundry and Mineral Water Factory; I am still searching for one of the old bottles in flea markets and second hand shops.”