Joyce’s funeral was on Friday 21st December at 2.00 pm in Ayton Meeting House, following a cremation service for family and close friends.
Joyce, daughter of Herbert Dobbing who taught at Ayton from 1921-45, was a past AOSA President 1971-72 and was always to be seen at Reunion time, greeting and catching up on news with her very many friends. Joyce will be much missed by many generations of Old Scholars.
Joyce, known to many as Pix, was the daughter of Alfred Herbert Dobbing and May Gwendoline Dobbing (nee Cattel). Her father was a senior member of staff at Friends School Great Ayton, so Joyce grew up around the corner in Station Road and became a scholar in 1932.
On her own account (in her 1971 A.O.S.A. Presidential address) she was a “scatty, talkative, impulsive creature” while at school. Others describe her as loyal and caring and she was an integral part of the busy school community involved in plays, musical evenings, swimming, Long Walks in the countryside and high jinx with the other scholars. Some of the friends she made in Great Ayton at that time are the people whom she was good friends with until the end of her life.
To the delight of her grandchildren, Joyce stars in the Ayton School 1937 film being taught in a domestic science class and jumping enthusiastically on the springboard. She left school in 1942 and trained as an infants teacher at Darlington Training College.
On 20th March 1948, Joyce married Roger Spinks in the Great Ayton Meeting House. Their two daughters, Jenny and Judy, were scholars at Ayton between 1967 and 1971.
Throughout her busy life as an Infants’ teacher at various schools, Mistress on Duty at Ackworth School, Warden at Glenthorne Guesthouse, mother, housewife, grandmother, friend, Friend and passionate peace activist, Joyce was also a committed Ayton Old Scholar.
She attended innumerable A.O.S.A. gatherings which were an important, fulfilling and delightful part of her life. She was a District Secretary for the A.O.S.A. for many years; served on the Executive Committee, and was the President of Ayton Old Scholars Association from 1971-72. Her presidential address was warm and funny and full of reminiscences of the good time she had while at school. From 1986-90 she served on Ayton School Committee.
She and Roger retired to Great Ayton in 1984 where they were committed members of Ayton Friends Meeting. Roger died in 1998. She missed him always, but lived a busy and active life in the village and the wider community until she died peacefully in hospital two days after a fall at home. She is survived by her two daughters, Jenny and Judy Spinks and five grandchildren all of whom she loved dearly.