Charity stalwart Nora dies aged 91

Nora Newsome pictured at her 90th birthday party. (S)

Nora Newsome pictured at her 90th birthday party. (S)

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A well known and decorated Barnoldswick figure has died at the age of 91.

Nora Newsome, who lived at Jeduanda in Coates Lane, died on February 13th. Her family has received dozens of condolence cards since and has been overwhelmed by the response.

Mrs Newsome was widely known for her charitable roles in the Barnoldswick area, delivering meals on wheels for the best part of 40 years as part of the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service and for being president of the Barnoldswick branch of the RNLI.

That commitment to the community, which also included involvement with the West Craven Minibus Appeal and as a regular Poppy fund collector, led to two Buckingham Palace visits and awards for service.

In 1987, Mrs Newsome was awarded the British Empire Medal for services in the community, one to add to a silver medal she received for her work in the Voluntary Service.

Mrs Newsome was also presented with a gold badge for her work with the RNLI in January, 2003 where she had been treasurer and chairman before president of the Barnoldswick branch and was a member for four decades.

She was born in Queensbury in Bradford, later moving to Barnoldswick in 1955 with her husband Douglas and daughters Angela and Lydia when Mr Newsome was appointed headteacher at Church School.

The couple had married in 1942 when Mrs Newsome was working in the munitions department at Hepworth and Grandage in Bradford where she inspected aircraft parts and worked on fire duty.

Away from work, the couple visited many European countries on holidays and were members of Holy Trinity Church in Barnoldswick where they helped during a period of interregnum in the 1980s.

Her daughter Angela said: “She had an interest in crosswords and quiz programmes on TV and enjoyed reading newspapers, particularly the Yorkshire Post.

“She was just mum. She enjoyed her Gilbert and Sullivan concerts and loved baking. She made some wonderful cakes. Family was everything to her.”

Mrs Newsome’s funeral was held on Wednesday at Holy Trinity Church in Barnoldswick. She leaves behind her daughters Angela and Lydia, grandchildren Jeremy, Duncan, Andrea and Damon and great-grandchildren Chloe, Daniel, Tom, Aimee and Katie.