Tribute paid to community stalwart who helped found Spennymoor history society

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a woman who helped inspire a local history society.

Joyce Urwin, who helped found Tudhoe and Spennymoor Local History Society, died at the University Hospital of North Durham, on Sunday, March 16.

The 76-year-old ran a dress shop on King Street for many years.

She was one of a small group of history enthusiasts who establised the society more than 25-years ago, serving as its president for the last four years.

Tony Smith, chairman of the history society, said: “Joyce was the heart of everything connected with the Tudhoe and Spennymoor Local History Society.

“From its very beginnings she put to use her considerable organisational and catering skills.

“For many years she was its chairman and latterly its president and she strove to make the society one of the best in County Durham.

“Today its strong membership and its continuing vigour are testimony to the immense amount of work which Joyce put into making it so. We will solely miss her.”

Mrs Urwin, from Tudhoe,  was married to Fred and the couple had two children Andrew and Linda. She was also grandmother to Charlie, Alexander, Hattie and Sophie.

Her funeral is held at St David’s Church, Tudhoe, on Monday (March 24) at 1.45pm followed by a private cremation at Durham Crematorium.

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11:56am Fri 28 Mar 14

Mary Round says...

For several years I have been researching my Ord ancestors who were papermakers in Tudhoe. In Jeremy Hutson's website on the village, he mentions seeing the 1806 will of Jonathan Ord, the property of Joyce Urwin. I have long wondered where she lived and how I could contact her. Today, in the process of looking for Tony Coia, I found that Joyce Urwin of Tudhoe had died recently. I feel sad about her death even though I had never met her. One day, I hope one of her family might contact me. it would have to be by email as I live in Australia.
Mary Round
Bundaberg
For several years I have been researching my Ord ancestors who were papermakers in Tudhoe. In Jeremy Hutson's website on the village, he mentions seeing the 1806 will of Jonathan Ord, the property of Joyce Urwin. I have long wondered where she lived and how I could contact her. Today, in the process of looking for Tony Coia, I found that Joyce Urwin of Tudhoe had died recently. I feel sad about her death even though I had never met her. One day, I hope one of her family might contact me. it would have to be by email as I live in Australia. Mary Round Bundaberg Mary Round
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12:02pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Mary Round says...

Sorry, I meant Northern Echo not Northern Cross!
Mary
Sorry, I meant Northern Echo not Northern Cross! Mary Mary Round
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