Aylsham churchwarden and community stalwart
The North Norfolk town of Aylsham is mourning the loss of Liz Jones, who had been at the forefront of community life for decades.
Miss Jones, who celebrated her 60th birthday in September, died in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, after a short illness.
More than 100 tributes to her have already been posted on the Facebook page of Aylsham Parish Church, where she was a churchwarden and organiser of two very successful flower festivals.
In an email to Aylsham vicar the Rev Andrew Beane, the Bishop of Norwich said: “The loss to Aylsham is incalculable. She has been a huge gift to the town and the parish church.”
Aylsham-born, Miss Jones had been manager of the town’s Market Place Break charity shop for 17 years, and a town councillor - with a five-year break - for a total of 31 years, including two terms, from 2004-2010, as its chairman.
Her involvement in the town was extensive, including the Pride in Norfolk Awards, the public campaign to keep the town’s community St Michael’s Hospital open, and was the driving force behind Aylsham’s successful bid to become a pilot UK Cittaslow town. Cittaslow status boosted Aylsham’s profile nationally and internationally and Miss Jones spent two years, from 2010-2012, as chairman of Cittaslow UK. Her duties took her to South Korea, Poland and all over Britain, including the House of Lords. She also welcomed South Korean guests to Aylsham on two occasions.
She helped revive Aylsham’s carnival and later introduced the now-annual Aylsham Food Festival. The last time many people saw her was when she attended the festival dinner, prepared and served by students at Aylsham High School, last month.
Miss Jones never married and lived, on Hungate Street, with her mother until Mrs Jones’ death about five years ago.
Miss Jones’ funeral service will be held at Aylsham Parish Church on Wednesday December 3 at 1pm. It will be followed by burial in Aylsham cemetery, and tea and cake back at the church.
Donations, instead of flowers, should be made to Break, and there will be a collection during the service for the parish church.
Picture of Liz is courtesy of Eastern Daily Press
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