Past WI president receives visit from local branch members at Lostock Lodge
Lostock Lodge resident Joyce Clare was delighted to receive a visit from members of her local WI. Joyce was an active member of Dunham Massey WI for many years and president from 1973 to 1975. As a former Treasurer of DMWI, Joyce, who describes herself as a ‘Bossy Boots’, enjoyed every minute of her Presidency and was delighted to see members of the committee and chat about the WI.
Joyce, with her husband Ken and their two children Jane and Peter had moved to Dunham in 1958 whereupon at her sister-in-law’s suggestion, Joyce joined DMWI and is now one of the branches longest serving members. Some of her pursuits, as well as having worked as Secretary at Bowdon School for 23 years, include running slimming classes at the Village Hall and sometimes at WI members’ homes. In the early days, from time to time the members would put on a play - another of Joyce’s favourite pastimes. In very much the WI way she learned to crochet and enjoyed knitting woollies for her grandchildren.
Born in Flixton, Joyce remembers moving from school to Secretarial College at the age of thirteen and starting her first job at only fourteen. Having mastered shorthand and typing she soon began work in the office of Kilvert’s Lard in Brooklands before moving on to a Chartered Accountancy in Manchester. At the ripe old age of twenty-seven, when Joyce announced she was going to start to drive, her father told her she was now far too old to learn!
In her free time Joyce recalls taking lots of dancing exams, proudly receiving many certificates, whilst her love of tap dancing led her towards ballroom dancing too. At fifteen she had the job of collecting the ‘door money’ at the Dance School where, at the age of eighteen she met Ken. The couple went on to marry in 1949 and currently the Clare family has now grown to include three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Very soon the couple will be happily celebrating their Platinum Wedding Anniversary.