Joyce Catherine Wood moved into Kytes Lane Cottage, Smalley Derbyshire at the age of 6 months in November 1919. This was to be her home until August 2018 when she became a resident at Smalley Hall care home, part of the Ashmere Derbyshire group.
She attended Smalley Hall Girl’s School and has been a life long member of the congregation at St John the Baptist Church, always happy to help with fund raising events, flower festivals and garden fetes and is still a member of the Mothers Union. In the 1920’s a woman’s institution was founded in Smalley and Joyce became one of the original members.
During the war, 7 year old twins Kathleen and Margaret, evacuees from Southend on Sea, lived with Joyce and her father for 2 years. After the war they kept in touch with Joyce and visited Smalley again, even featuring in a BBC radio 4 woman’s hour programme where they all spoke about their happy time spent in the Derbyshire countryside with Joyce and her father.
In April 1942 she married Walter Hopkins. They met while they were both working at Celanese at Spondon and she continued to care for her widowed father Richard. A daughter Jane and son Nicholas arrived and when they grew older Joyce worked as a school secretary, and later a welfare assistant at Smalley Richardson Endowed school. After Walter died in 1983 she continued to have a busy life, always pottering in her cottage garden and enjoying holidays both in the UK and Abroad with family and friends. A member of Smalley Ramblers for many years Joyce still keeps up to date with fellow members.
In October 1988 Joyce married Percy Wood, father of Pauline and Peter and they lived happily until Percy’s death in 1993.
Joyce has always enjoyed being involved with her four great grandchildren and she now has there great grandchildren to complete her family. Her many friends, family including some from Canada and Switzerland, and the staff at care home celebrated her 100th birthday with an afternoon tea which lasted into the early evening and saw over 60 people attend.
Photo- Joyce receiving her telegram from the Queen
Jane Rodgers- Daughter
Monica Taylor- Home Manager
Cliff Rodgers – Son in law