Tribute has been paid to a Moorlands community stalwart who has passed away at the age of 80. Gwen Richardson, of Ipstones, spent more than half a century helping to organise the Ipstones Agricultural Show, and was also involved in several other organisations within the village.
Tribute has been paid to a Moorlands community stalwart who has passed away at the age of 80.
Gwen Richardson, of Ipstones, spent more than half a century helping to organise the Ipstones Agricultural Show, and was also involved in several other organisations within the village.
Gwen passed away on January 17 at her home in Ipstones. She was the beloved daughter of the late Arthur and Ruth Richardson, a cherished cousin and a good and loyal friend to many.
Andrew Stevenson, chairman of Ipstones Agricultural Society, said: “It was with great regret that the members of Ipstones Agricultural Society heard of the recent sudden death of one of their most loyal and hardworking members.
“Gwen had been a member if the society for over 50 years and during the majority of that time she had been the Society’s Secretary, a position that she inherited from her Father.
“When Gwen was a young lady she served twice as Ipstones Agricultural Society Queen with great distinction helping to promote the show in it’s early days.
“Gwen was a quiet person and worked behind the scenes ensuring that everything was organised correctly and in place for the main event, Ipstones Show.
“Gwen was also pivotal in the organisation of the Annual Dinner Dance and other events throughout the year.
“Over the years many of the exhibitors got to know Gwen as the person that would always be able to sort out any of their problems or concerns on or before show day.
“Even after she stepped down from her role as secretary Gwen still managed to do lots of the preparation for the show such as organising and ordering the rosettes for the prize winning animals.”
Andrew added: “One of Gwen’s proudest moments was when she had the honour of opening the show even though she found it rather stressful.
“As chairman, I know that I will greatly miss Gwen’s input and her friendly and positive support that she has given to me and to all our past chairmen and chairwomen.
“Such a devoted supporter will be very hard to replace but as they say, the show must go on and that would have been Gwen’s top priority for the future.”
Gwen’s funeral is being arranged by Sigley & Sons of Leek. Tel: 01538 382048. No flowers please, but donations if desired to The Royal British Legion (Ipstones branch) or the British Heart Foundation.
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