Heather Mansell's cartoon of the committee at work when SPJARA started
Soon after the 2016 AGM, SPJARA was sad to hear of the death of Jill Maryszczak, a committee member for many years.
Michael Dower (former Chairman) writes:
Nan and I are shocked and saddened to hear of Jill’s death. She and Chez were our immediate neighbours when we moved into 56 Painswick Road in 1992, and made us feel welcome immediately. At the bottom of their garden, a lovely white Wisteria would send out tendrils, then leaves and a cascade of flowers over the party wall to grace the view from our kitchen. When, some years later, we launched the petition against the proposed Community Centre in the grounds of Church House, they were among the earliest supporters. When that campaign led to the formation of St Philip and St James Area Residents Association, Jill joined the Committee. She contributed actively to the great history exhibition that we mounted in the Church. She became our caterer-in-chief for garden parties and meetings in Church House. The Committee valued enormously her generous gift of time and effort and skill to these events, and her cheerful company in committee meetings and outings. It is a deep sorrow that she is gone, and we send our condolences to Chez and his family, hoping that they will be comforted by the affection of so many friends, and the warm memories that they have of a warm and energetic woman who contributed so much to local life.
A memorial bench to Jill was erected on the Norwood Triangle in 2017.
Committee members (2017)
Clair Chilvers (Chair)
Vanessa Angelo-Thomson (Vice-Chair)
Maurice Gran (Vice Chair)
Cassandra Phillips (Hon. Secretary)
Jonathan Moffitt (Hon. Treasurer and Membership Secretary)
PS we are always looking for new committee members. If you are interested, please see the nomination form here How to Join (bottom of page)
PHIL FARMER - Committee member 2006-2016
We record with gratitude the long-standing support we have had from Phil, serving as a Committee member for ten years since we started in 2006. We wish him and Penny many more happy years as our friends and neighbours.