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The story of the Embroideries is incomplete without including details of the talented team who actually did the work.
The panels are their legacy to the people of the future,
who will marvel at the intricacy of the work and of the design, and wonder 'Who did this?'.

The pictures and information were mostly obtained in 1999.
They will never become out-of-date because they describe the people that they were at that time.

Many people worked on the embroideries who are not listed here. Some have been added later, but without a picture or a bio. No omission is deliberate and in the interest of completeness we will very happily add names, photos, information and corrections.

The list is in alphabetical order by first name.
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Audrey Romanes Walker
Audrey grew up in Barking, Essex, moving to Woolwich in the 1960's.

Having an interest in history, she joined the Woolwich and District Antiquarian Society in 1982. She has served in its Council for many years and is the current 'Trips and Visits Organiser'.

After retirement in 1991 she had time to indulge her interest in tapestry and canvas work, joining the Embroidery upon its beginning in 1998.

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Beryl Godfrey
Beryl has lived in Blackheath since 1957, bringing up four daughters, and working in local hospitals. Much of her spare time was spent in dressmaking, patchwork, and embroidery.

At a local class, run by Sally Jenkinson, she learned 'pulled thread' work, 'white' work, and 'black' work. Much later a chance meeting with Sally led to an invitation to join the Embroidery where she worked on some of the needlepoint side drops. She considered it a great pleasure, and privilege to work with such talented women.

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Beryl Clark
Beryl was born in Manchester and was educated at the Grammar School - Manchester Central High. She trained and nursed in St. Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield for some years. She then trained and worked as a midwife at the British Hospital for Mothers and Babies in Woolwich.

She has many interests, including membership of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, the Royal Horticultural Society, Greenwich Historical Society, the Townswomen's Guild and the University of the Third Age. It was whilst she was learning various types of needlework through the U3A group that she heard of a proposed exhibition of women's work at the Greenwich Borough Museum. She contacted Beverley Burford at the Museum and some of her work was included.

She later met Maureen Black and quickly became a member of the team involved with the Embroidery. As well as embroidery and canvas work for the panels she has been active in the research into the local history used.

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Beryl Rosbrook
Beryl was born in Plumstead and attended Plumstead Central School until WWII intervened. She remained in Plumstead throughout the war, apart from a brief period of evacuation to Reigate in 1939. Whilst working locally at Lister Brothers, Laundry Engineers in Nightingale Vale, she attended Evening classes to obtain Secretarial qualifications. She then joined the clerical staff at Guy's Hospital, which included working fifteen years as secretary to a Consultant Psychiatrist. This was followed by over ten years as Secretary to the Matron and Senior Nursing Staff at the British Hospital for Mothers and Babies, in Woolwich, until the Hospital closed in 1984.

Participation in the Embroidery resulted from voluntary work at Greenwich Borough Museum, which she has done for some years, and though she had not done much embroidery before, she enjoyed taking part in the project.

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Betty Bell
Betty has lived all her life, apart from the first five years, in Abbey Wood. She was educated at Kings Warren School, Plumstead, and although her education was interrupted by evacuation at the beginning WWII, she later learnt shorthand and typing at evening classes.

She is married and has a son and daughter and three grandchildren. She is a member of Abbey Wood Methodist church and over the years she has been involved in various ways, including being a founder member of the Young Wives' Group, and a Guide Leader. She currently produces the Newsletter.

She enjoys cross-stitch and tapestry work, and although having minimum experience in other forms of embroidery, she came with a friend to the Embroidery project. She began by working on trees, and was then encouraged to try something more ambitious. Betty enjoyed the challenge and feels privileged to share in this piece of local history.

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Betty Grindley
Betty was born in the East End of London, but she has lived in the South East for the last fifty years. She left school at 14 and went into domestic service until she got married and had two children.

She had various jobs, but for the twelve years leading up to her retirement she was a Civil Servant working for the MOD in the Royal Arsenal Woolwich.

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Betty Tillett
Betty has lived in Plumstead since she was eight years old. During the Second World War she worked on a lathe in the Royal Arsenal. She had never been in a factory before.

She became involved with the Embroideries when she went to a meeting at the Town Hall. They were trying to find enough people to form a group to do the embroideries. Although she was not very active in embroidery she decided she would have a go.
Betty started off with a tree because, since she had put her name down, she had had a stroke and, could not do very much, but could manage the trees. Maureen Black encouraged her a lot with this. She did not progress beyond trees, but as a lot of them were needed she was not made redundant! She kept on doing trees, and grasses, and 'seeding' on the panels themselves. She enjoyed the times that the embroiderers met as a group.

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Beverley Burford
The late Beverley Burford became the Manager of the Greenwich Heritage Centre on the move to the Royal Arsenal site. She was Curator of the Borough Museum for five years and prior to that was the Museum's Education Officer. During the course of both these roles, and combined with her commitment to numerous organisations in the area, she was well known and was involved with the local people of the Borough for many years.

She organised many craft projects and women's events in the community over the years. She was the instigator of the Greenwich Millennium Embroideries and worked closely with the embroiderers to bring the project to fruition.

She is sadly missed.

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Carole Bailey
Carole was born in Bexleyheath to a Belgian mother and English father, the middle child of five whom her mother referred to as her 'war baby'. She was educated at St. Joseph's convent Grammar School, Bostall Heath.

She has sewn, embroidered and knitted from an early age and still has some work from her childhood. When she was meant to be studying for her 'O' levels she was busy embroidering a tablecloth for her sister's wedding - which is still in use today. During the sixties and seventies, when she was busy raising her family, embroidery took a back seat. But during the eighties she started to get 'withdrawal symptoms' and joined a class at the Gordon School, Eltham to catch up with modern trends in embroidery. There she met Maureen Black and embroidery again became part of her life.

In 1994 she joined the North Kent Branch of the Embroideries Guild and has recently become Hon. Treasurer. In 1998 she was asked by Maureen to join the Embroidery and very much enjoyed being a part of the team. She hopes that she added something to this awe- inspiring project.

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Christine Munyena
Christine was born in Masaka, Uganda. She was educated at Kako Junior School, and Kako Secondary School, and then Stellar Marriss-Nsube College. Afterwards she worked as a Domestic Science Teacher, at Gombe Secondary School.

She is a widow with ten children and twenty-five grandchildren. In 1970, after the take-over of the Ugandan Government by the Dictator Idi Amin she moved to Kenya for four years. She came to the UK under UNHCR in 1974.

She has since taken part in Adult Education classes in Embroidery, Flower Arrangement and Cookery, and is a Church Elder and founder member of Shooters Hill Church, London. She was an enthusiastic member of the Embroidery group.

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Debbie Boomla
Deborah Feakes was born in 1925, in Erith Kent. In 1942 she attended Bromley School of Art for four years under the tuition of Miss Elizabeth Grace Thompson. Her first two years followed a General Art course, then a further two years on the Fashion Course. She started work in 1945 in the fashion industry in London, WC1 as a Designer/Pattern cutter.

In 1953 she married and became Deborah Boomla and proceeded to have two children.

She started teaching Dressmaking for Adult Education in 1972 and continued in this for the next nine years. In 1972 she attended "Stitch Design" on the Isle of Dogs, doing the creative embroidery course, and ended up taking the part 1 of the City and Guilds under Julia Caprara, who ran the school.

She was invited to become a Tax Commissioner, serving in Woolwich District, under the chairmanship of Harold Salmonds, and it was thought at the time, that she was one of the first female commissioners to have held this appointment. In 1993 she was invited to become a member of the Board of Visitors attending Belmarsh Prison, which she has found to be very enlightening, allowing her to meet many varied and different people. Both the latter jobs were Home Office appointments.

In 1999 she was introduced to the Embroidery by a friend.

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Doreen Fifield
Doreen was born in Orpington, one of twenty-two children. When her father died, her mother found it difficult to cope and Doreen and some of her siblings were put into a Children's Home and school in Westerham, Kent. There she learned how to hand make carpets and rugs - which she still does.

She first discovered embroidery when she made embroidered chair backs and arm rests, and found it so interesting that she wanted to learn more. She went to Evening Classes to learn dressmaking and she also does cross stitch, patch-work, crochet and knitting.

Doreen read about the Embroidery in 1998, in the local newspaper. She soon became involved, hand embroidering several trees as well as a forest of trees in machine embroidery, which she found very satisfying. She enjoyed being part of the group and hopes they get the recognition they deserve.

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Edith Calver
Edith was born in Plumstead and at the age of fourteen she passed an examination to go to the Royal School of Needlework. She was not allowed to take the place, however, because her father disapproved. Instead it was decided that she should train in tailoring, which she did at Woolwich Polytechnic School. She worked in many high-class establishments in London, including that of' "Molyneaux of Paris" and "Simone's", but WWII intervened.

She has made several pieces of Church Embroidery. A bomb destroyed her first, an alter-cloth, after being in place for only one day"! She has also embroidered a Mothers' Union Banner for Ascension Church, Plumstead and a tapestry picture of her husband and herself.

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Elsie Frost
She is a native of Woolwich/Plumstead, being born in the British Home for Mothers and Babies. She has always lived in the Plumstead Common area, except for the period 1939/42 when she was evacuated with King's Warren Girls' School first to Maidstone and then to Bedford.

She matriculated in 1941 and continued for a year and half on a Commercial Course. She worked from 1942-1947 in the Administrative Offices of the YMCA in Tottenham Court Road, then from 1947-1972 she worked for the Charringtons Group in various sections within the Group. In 1972 she moved to the Clothworkers' Company, a City Livery Company where she stayed until 1984.

She is a Freewoman of the Company and of the City of London. She enjoys reading, music and the theatre. She is a member of the Woolwich and District Antiquarian Society and of the local Environmental Group. For several years she was a School Governor, and is still connected with the Local Education Department. She is also a Trustee of the Plumstead Almshouses; a Friend of St. Paul's Cathedral, where she does voluntary work, and is also a voluntary worker at a small church in Ludgate Hill connected to the Cathedral.

She became involved with the Embroidery because, whilst watching a friend working on her piece of embroidery, she said 'I could do that'. She was promptly handed a needle and thread, and a piece of felt on which to work a tree. She has since progressed to other pieces of embroidery, including the Gravedigger in the Stuart panel.

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Evelyn Standing
Evelyn was born in Bermondsey and after being bombed out during WWII, came to live in Greenwich, moving to Blackheath twelve years ago. After working at Siemens Brothers, in the drawing office, she married and had a family.

She has taken courses in lace making, leatherwork, local history, toy making etc., but had not done embroidery before joining the Embroidery. She has specialised in trees, bushes and flowers.

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Iris Neville
She was born and raised in Grimsby, Lincolnshire and has had a needle of one kind or another in her hand for as long as she can remember. The female members of her family all sewed, knitted, crocheted or embroidered, and she wanted to learn how to do these things too. She has continued doing needlework for pleasure ever since.

She began work in the office of a shipbuilder and repairer, and met her husband, who was a merchant seaman from London, when his ship was wrecked off the Lincolnshire coast. They married, had a daughter and eventually settled in Greenwich, where they have lived ever since, apart from a period when they lived in the Middle East.

She has attended an evening embroidery class for many years, and as she is also currently the Press Secretary for the Greenwich Historical Society. The Embroidery brought together two of her main interests.

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Jane Holness
Jane has lived in Plumstead since 1985 when she moved from Sydenham.

She has worked in various schools and hospitals in the area as a Nursery Nurse, and is at present working at Nine Acres, a local Special Needs School.

After visiting an exhibition of needlecrafts at Plumstead Manor School in 1986 she was inspired by the beauty of the work there and decided to join one of the needlework classes. She attended the class held by Margaret Garten, at Charlton House, for some years working on various types of embroidery and appliqué work. and when the class closed she continued to work at home.

On seeing an article in the local newspaper about the Embroidery she joined in October 1999.

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Joan Colborne
Joan was born in Plaistow and came to live in Plumstead as a child. She attended Woolwich Polytechnic School, where she learned millinery. She worked in Berkeley Square until her marriage. Then she had two sons, and in her leisure, made clothes for herself.

Later she joined Crayford Manor House on an embroidery course. She also became a member of Woolwich Inner Wheel, twice becoming President. With other members she joined the Embroidery and found it very interesting and enjoyable.

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Joan Jackaman
She was born in Woolwich and except for three months evacuation during WWII, has lived there all her life. After leaving school she worked as a clerk in an Insurance Office, and in the telephone store at Siemens. Joan married and had three children.

For twenty years she worked at St. Mary's School as a Teacher's Aide, and during the school holiday was a mainstay of the Woolwich Holiday Playscheme. She has also served on St. Mary's Tenants' Association. Joan was invited to visit the Embroidery workshop and soon became actively involved in it.

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Joyce Moss
Joyce was born in 1926 in Manor Park, London. Following the example of her mother she has always knitted and sewn. As a teenager she widened her handicraft activities by attending evening classes in a number of craft subjects such as basketry, weaving, cookery, dressmaking and horticulture.

She married and they had one daughter. The family moved to Woolwich in 1979. She was invited to join the Embroidery by a friend and it reawakened her interest in tapestry and embroidery.

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Judy Jordan
Judy was born in India of Irish parents on their long adventure to seek their fortunes, but WW2 and anxiety drove them all back to Ireland, except for her father whose need for adventure was still not spent. She enjoyed many truly wild and wonderful years in rural, seaside Ireland, followed by some less wonderful years, i.e. not so wild or free, being educated by generous, tolerant and altogether fine Quakers.

A small foray into the world of fashion launched her into the adult world of self-dependence - actually a long way off. It was clear that she could never ever earn enough to support herself in Dublin and she had a small taint of inherited adventure coursing through her veins. So for her big adventure she flew to England. "Jobs are for boys" was still, at that time, the normal attitude in Ireland - actually encouraged by the Government.

A bit of this and a bit of that, plus the usual domestic experience, led her to marriage and two children. Later she went to Teacher training college, and she became interested in pottery and sewing. A third child kept her at home for a while, where her passions have settled.

She sews her version of patchwork and paintings in fabrics. Colour is what delights her more than anything does - she is in love with it!

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Kath Byfield
Kath was a local lady. She enjoyed crafts of all kinds, and was glad to be in at the beginning of the Embroideries. She embroidered a tree, some bushes and grass on the Celtic/Roman Panel. She died suddenly but was there when the photographs were taken and we are pleased to include her as one of our founder members.

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Lois Brett
Lois was born in Crayford and has lived nearly all her life in the Borough of Greenwich. She was educated at Plumcroft Primary School and Kidbrooke Comprehensive School. She is married and has two children.

Lois currently works as a Care Assistant, and, in her spare time, she enjoys sewing, knitting toys, doing crossword puzzles and reading. She started work on the Embroidery by doing trees and progressed to working on people of all kinds.

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Maisie Brett
Maisie was born in Deptford, and has always lived in South East London, except for short spells of evacuation, during WWII. She moved to Abbey Wood in 1967. She is married with four daughters, but is now widowed. She started a teacher Training course at Avery Hill college as a mature student in 1968, taking Needlecraft as her main subject. She taught at De Lucy School, Abbey Wood, for twenty years.

She has also been a Sunday school teacher at Abbey Wood Methodist Church, and has worked with children to make several collage pictures for the church. She has also been Wardrobe mistress for the Church Concert group for twenty five years. Maisie has attended several handicraft workshops at Plumstead Museum, and so became interested and involved with the Embroidery project.

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Margaret Vaughan
At present she works for Greenwich Council as a Technical Officer, working in Public Services. She has always been interested in all types of craftwork. - this interest started whilst she was at school. She attended a Technical College where she learned dressmaking, millinery and catering. She specialised in catering after the first year and this was her vocation for over 36 years.

After a short break from work to have her family she decided upon a hobby. With a friend she started to go to evening classes for dressmaking, and from this starting point she has, over the years, attended other craft classes. This led her into doll making and she became a tutor at Burrage Grove, teaching porcelain doll making for three years. She still attends an embroidery class and enjoys doing other craft classes as well.

She is a Rotarian with the Woolwich Rotary Club, enjoying very much the fellowship within the club, raising funds, and helping local community projects, finding this rewarding and fulfilling. Margaret was very interested in the Embroidery, attending the first meeting and she is very proud to have been involved from the start of this great project.

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Mary-Jane Cattle
Mary-Jane was born in 1934 and lived until she was six years old, in a cottage in Hertfordshire. Her father was an architect and went up to London every day. Her mother was convinced they should be invaded so they went to Bristol and then moved around until the end of WWII. The family then came to London and settled in Notting Hill and she went to a school near Sloane Square.

She left school at 17 and went to stay with a family in Switzerland for a year to learn French, and then did a Secretarial course. She worked as a Secretary in architects' offices and then at the Royal college of Art for ten years. She married in 1962 and moved to a Span house in Blackheath in 1963. She had two children and stayed at home until her daughter was five.

She then went to Rachel McMillan College in the Old Kent Road to train as teacher, taking Art as her main subject, doing screen printing and pottery. Her first teaching job was in a Nursery school in Tower Hamlets, later she taught in Plumstead and Thamesmead. Mary-Jane's first attempt at embroidery was going to an evening class at Hammersmith in 1960, where she made a sampler of stitches. These stitches she used for many years to decorate toys for her children.

She started going to embroidery evening classes again in Greenwich in 1977, when she started teaching. She also got interested in weaving and felt making. On her retirement in 1994 she decided to study embroidery at City and Guilds level, which she did at Greenwich community college. She had just finished part II when she heard about the Embroidery project and the first thing she did was to make a piece of felt for a Norman field strip system.

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Maureen Black
Maureen Black was born and educated in Blackheath. She studied painting and lithography at Goldsmiths School of Art and later embroidery, gaining National Diplomas in both subjects. In the 70's she discovered etching at Morley College.

1949-55 Assistant to Mary Adshead, painting murals in Luton Hoo, Selfridges, Costain, John Lewis and the Institute of Marine Engineers.
1964 Elected associate member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and a member of the Crafts Council.
1967-71 Member of the 62 Group of Textile artists.
1948-86 Tutor Art and Embroidery in Greenwich and Thameside Adult Institute.
1957 Married Philip Bryant, engineer, and produced two children Emma and Stephen.
1970's Worked with ILEA Education and Television Service writing and presenting programmes and running an Art Teachers' TV Workshop.
1975-76 Worked with fellow tutor Mary Rodes of Greenwich Institute on an embroidered hanging of the buildings of Greenwich to commemorate the Borough's part in European Architectural Heritage Year. The embroidery contained the work of two classes, one needlepoint and one embroidered collage. It now hangs in the Council Chamber at Greenwich Town Hall.
1979 Founder member and 1st Chairperson of the Greenwich Printmakers' Association, which is one of the few Artists' Co-operatives to run and market their own gallery. With the Greenwich Printmakers she has exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.

She has helped organise one of the first Anglo- Russian exchanges, showing at Woodlands own Gallery and at Orleans House, Richmond. Attending the return exhibition at the Moscow Artists House in 1994.
Also exhibited at the National Theatre Contemporary Print at the Concourse Gallery, Barbican. She has exhibited in many national shows - including the Royal Academy, The Royal West of England Academy, Royal Society of Painter Etchers, Whitechapel Open, and annually at Whitleys with the National Society. Work in Public Collections. The National Maritime Museum, schools' Collections in Yorkshire, Cambridge, Coventry and the National Museum of Wales, University of Surrey, Graphotel Berlin, and the print collections of Greenwich and Lewisham.

She has travelled extensively in Europe, visited China and Canada and gains a lot of her material from looking and drawing people and their environment; as well as local material in Greenwich Park and the river Thames.

1998 Most recently, she was contacted by Beverly Burford, the Curator of the Greenwich Borough Museum, to see if she could help start a community project on the History of Greenwich from '0 - 2000' in embroidery - to be used as an educational tool for colleges/schools/groups in the Borough.

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May Wellard
May was born in Greenwich, and she attended Charlton Central School. She was first employed by Siemens Brothers of Woolwich, and afterwards, the Ministry of Labour. In 1948 she trained as a teacher, eventually becoming a Deputy Head.

Over many years she has gained experience in nearly all forms of art and craft, her sculpture and embroidery being included in local Adult Education exhibitions. She attended the inaugural meeting of the Greenwich Millennium Embroidery project and was invited by the artist Maureen Black to become a member of the team.

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Meg Tester
Meg was born in Portsmouth. She went to Copnor Modern Girls' Secondary School, where needlework was her favourite lesson. After leaving school she took classes for dressmaking. Having brought up her four children, she came to live in Bexley. There she became a member of the Inner Wheel and her friends, Debbie and Pam, introduced her to the Embroidery project. Her first attempt at embroidery should have been a deer, but ended up as a hare! She felt that she learned a lot about the various forms of needlecraft by working in the group and also she made many new friends.

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Monica Larkin
Monica is a true Blackheathian, being born, brought up and remaining a resident to this day. She ended her schooldays, after war time evacuation, at Bromley High School and went on to Goldsmith's College School of Art in 1945, in the days when there was no heating (life model was pink on side of a 1-bar electric fire, blue on the other) and some of the rooms were still piled with rubble! There she met Maureen Black, a fellow student.

She took, first of all the NDD in Illustration and then another in embroidery, followed by City & Guilds in Embroidery, tutored by the famous Constance Howard. She qualified with an Art Teacher's Diploma and taught Art, Needlecraft, and many other crafts, except ceramics, in Secondary schools and Adult Education. For thirteen years she was a lecturer at Stockwell College of Education in Bromley - until it was closed. She then studied jewellery and enamelling at Sir John Cass School of Art (part of London Guildhall University) gaining their Certificate of Enamelling and a Higher National Diploma in Jewellery and Design.

At present she teaches a Further Education class in enamelling and the remnants of an embroidery class (which was closed, although full, by a change in policy) by private arrangement. Therefore, she has never lost her interest in and practice of textile crafts and loved the opportunity to indulge this by working in the team of the Millennium Embroidery.

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Norma Adan
Norma was born in Middlesborough, Yorkshire. She married there and had seven children. She has worked as a Care Worker in various situations. She has always liked handcrafts, doing embroidery, knitting etc and was pleased to join the Millennium Embroidery project, which she enjoyed very much.

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Pam Bush
Pamela was born in Worcester during the War, where her father was sent from the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, in charge of an ammunition factory. The family returned to Bexleyheath when she was four and a half.

She comes from a long established family, in the Borough on her father's side. Her great-grandfather was a chief engineer on the building of the Blackwall Tunnel. At Bexley Technical School, she first gained a love for embroidery. She attended night school for tailoring classes in the late 50's and early 60's.

Pam worked as a secretary/PA to Dr. Armstrong the physician superintendent at the Brook Hospital for several years. She then married and with three young children, she studied for City and Guilds Fashion and gained a Teaching Certificate. She taught 'A' level dress and textiles at Orpington College. She also taught recreational class for dress, tailoring and pattern cutting in Greenwich Borough for many years. She has been a Brownie guider in Eltham and also a member of the Samaritans.

Now she is keen to develop embroidery skills, whilst still sewing for self and family, especially the Brides! She is a member of the Inner Wheel Club of Woolwich and a past President. For the last 15 years she has assisted her husband in the running of his accountancy practice in the Borough.

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Pat Fawcett
Pat was born and bred in Woolwich and, except for periods of evacuation, has lived there all her life.

She was Educated at Woolwich Central School for girls. Her ambition was to go to Art School but instead she had to train in secretarial work. She then worked in various establishments from Banana Importers to Columbia Pictures.

After marrying Tony Fawcett, and bringing up three children, she qualified as a teacher at Rachel Macmillan College, taking Screen-printing and pottery as her main subjects. She taught in various local schools, remaining at St. Mary's C of E Primary School for fifteen years. She has always been interested in arts and crafts, but is mainly a doll maker, specialising in character dolls, and is a member of The Dollmakers' Circle.

She is extremely interested in local history and belongs to the Woolwich and District Antiquarians, and is their publications Editor. She is also a member of the Royal Arsenal Woolwich Historical Society. Pat has been active in researching much of the local history for this project. As a friend of Greenwich Borough Museum, she became involved in the Millennium Embroidery and enjoyed being part of the team.

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Pat Morris
Pat was born in Birmingham in 1935 and comes from a family of nine children. She met her husband while he was serving with the Royal Artillery in Oswestry and they married and had four children, three boys and a girl. When he left the army in 1970 they came to live on the Middle Park Estate, Eltham.

Her husband died two years later. Pat became an archaeologist. She used to run a Brownie Pack, and also helped with Guides on the estate and is now a member of the Trefoil Guild. Her hobbies are needlework, reading, craft work of all kinds, and archaeology.

She heard about the Millennium Embroideries through reading about the need for needlewomen, in the local paper and decided she would like to take part. She has embroidered mainly, trees, grass and bushes etc.

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Rosalind Pope
Rosalind Pope was born in London in 1944 and moved to the West Country in the early 1950's and she had various changes of home and school. She returned to London to start work in a small design studio working on advertising material for publication.
She married in the mid 60's and returned to work after taking a Business Studies course as a career change. Her hobbies include courses taken in pottery, silver jewellery making, and drawing and painting. She then took Art 'A' level.

She has an interest in textiles, sewing, patchwork and making glove puppets using hand sewing and machine methods She jointed the Embroidery project as it was structured as a community venture for all abilities.

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Sally Jenkinson
Sally received her art training at Ealing School of Art. In 1952 she was Stage designer at Manchester Library theatre until 1955, when she became Set designer for Granada TV in Manchester. Then, in 1957, she came to London with her husband and started a family, and has lived in this part of London since. She went to Avery Hill College in 1971, where she took a teacher training course and gained a B.Ed, her main subject being embroidery. Subsequently she was a teacher at Woodhill Primary School until 1982, and for two years taught embroidery at the Greenwich Institute, evening classes.

Her interest in textiles goes back to the war years when scraps of fabric were treasured and toys were few and far between. She has fond memories of transforming her Snow White doll into Madame Pompadour! Since 1983 she has combined writing and illustrating Local History booklets for Greenwich education Service with freelance Desk-Top Publishing and illustration work.

Sally has also exhibited flower paintings at the Society of Botanical artists and at Burford House Gallery. In 1998, after a few years break from embroidery, she went back to college to take city and Guilds part 1. She also worked as Maths adviser on "Jojo in Numberland" - a primary maths CD-ROM program. She has done research work on local history for the Millennium Embroidery, as well as producing working drawings and also the designs for the last six panels.

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Tony Fawcett
Tony was born and bred in Woolwich. He was educated at Shooters Hill Grammar School, and subsequently at Woolwich Polytechnic. He trained as a mechanical engineer at Siemens Brothers, Woolwich, prior to spending three years in REME, mainly in Egypt.

He is married to Pat, and they have three children and three grandchildren.

As a Design Draughtsman he worked for a number of local firms prior to entering the Civil Service, where he worked in the Royal Arsenal until its closure. It was here that he trained in the use of computers for the design of specialist equipment, and after retirement continued to work on his computer at home.

He also has a great interest in photography of all kinds. He has an interest in local history and as a member of the Woolwich and District Antiquarian Society, has served as President and has also produced the monthly newsletter. Tony is also a member of the Royal Arsenal Woolwich Historical Society and as a friend of the Greenwich Museum became involved in the Millennium Embroidery, electing to keep the archives, after embroidering a tree!

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Violet Francis
Violet came to live in Eltham at an early age and attended schools there. She joined St. Luke's church, Eltham Park and has been a member for sixty-six years. Her hobbies include reading church organisations, Townswomen's Guild, sewing, and knitting for the church. She has travelled abroad and visited many countries and also enjoys visiting her family in the North of England.

She joined the Embroidery project at a late stage, but enjoyed making her contribution.

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