We are sad to report Gillian’s death after a long illness.
Gillian had many talents. She had a deep knowledge of local history, which she shared with villagers through talks in the Reading Room on behalf of Stanhoe Archive. She was an expert botanist and co-author of A Flora of Norfolk.
She was also a fine craftsperson with a needle, an expert photographer in the pre-digital age, a talented pianist, and a good cook.
Gillian lectured widely throughout the county, gave slide shows to WIs, ran embroidery sessions, and inaugurated the Stanhoe Flower Show.
Gillian will be especially missed by members of Stanhoe & Barwick WI. She was a WI member for over 50 years, and president for many of these. When Stanhoe & Barwick celebrates its centenary in 2019 it will be in no small part thanks to Gillian’s hard work over the decades.
She was born Gillian Tuck in Bromley, Kent, in 1935. She came to Stanhoe with her parents in 1948, as you can hear in a series of recordings on this website. Until she moved to a nursing home, Gillian lived with her botanist husband Ken at Bramley Cottage.
The funeral will be in All Saints’ church, Stanhoe, at 1 pm on Friday 9 September, followed by burial in the churchyard.