Speaker Meeting 5th February 2018

Gay Evans - My Life in Pictures

On Monday 5th February Rotarian Gay Evans gave her fellow members of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne a presentation entitled "My life captured in pictures".

Gay was born in Leicester, 6 weeks prematurely she was actually due around Queen Elizabeth's Coronation in June 1953.

Her dad had a painting and decorating business and was a local councillor, mum was a hairdresser.

Gay with her Mum

Gay was also active in politics for 10 years and had a sister who was almost 6 years younger. She covered her education and was expected to pass her 11 plus but failed and went to a secondary modern school. For her 13th birthday she went to a concert and saw the Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens, Engelbert Humperdinck and Jimi Hendricks. She met her husband at school and he was a fantastic influence on her life.

Her younger sister, Kathryn, was her bridesmaid at her wedding but shortly after, just aged 15; she died in an electrical accident.

Gay on her wedding day with her sister and Mum.

Gay has had many jobs which included the textile trade, the Grand Hotel in Leicester, Derby Telegraph with her favourite ones being 6 years as a photographer specialising in the Motor cycle industry and at Treetops Hospice Care as a fundraiser.

At Treetops she organised their first Moonlight walk which whilst being very stressful was the most rewarding. It needed over 70 volunteers on the night and over her 4 years it raised £179,000. She gave an update on Treetops Hospice at Home service which will provide in year 2018/19 over 50,000 hours often over night from 10pm to 7 am. Gay also covered the proposed new building of a 12 bedded unit at Treetops (subject to planning permission).

Gay moved to Yorkshire and the West Coast of Scotland and is now living in Spondon. The biggest loss in her life was when her husband, Graham, was killed in a road traffic accident.

Gay enjoys family history, musical theatre, murder mysteries, technology, landscape painting and gives talks on Dementia and history subjects. Gay says "I was surprised to find that my ancestors were from Ticknall, Ingleby, Ripley, Denby and the surrounding areas. Maybe that's why I love living in Derbyshire".

Gay and her grandson.

Her two daughters have been the "rock" of her life and she is now a very proud grandmother.

Martin Wilson gave the club's vote of thanks saying, "it has been an informative insight into your life and also the social history".

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact our Secretary, Mick White at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne


29th January 2018

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