Tree Planting Ceremony In Memory Of Joy Langley

It is with a heavy heart that I write these words about Joy Langley, MBE, a colleague and a dear friend. Joy passed away on Saturday 15th September after a short illness. For over 30 years she was an active and well-loved figure in the local community. Her commitment, kindness and passion for helping others was truly inspirational.

Since the sad news of her death I have heard so many wonderful stories about Joy from so many people. She was with the Community Association for 20 years; part of a joint council of councillors, teaches and local community members; Chair of Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust; and ran the Lockleaze Festival for 10 years. She even brought the Tour de Lockleaze bicycle race to Lockleaze one year! In 2002 she was awarded the Lord Mayor’s medal and a year later received an MBE from the Queen.

For many years, she was supported in her activities by her husband Brian. It is a comfort to us who knew and loved Joy to think of them reunited, side by side once again.

In 1984, Joy was instrumental in setting up North Bristol Advice Centre with Councillor Charles Merrick, Isabel Webley and other committed volunteers. She remained a passionate advocate and trustee for the organisation until the day she died. Asked recently about her role as NBAC trustee she said: “I love being part of the family and the fact that we don’t stay still, we keep moving forward and expanding to help more people” and “I can’t imagine not being part of NBAC.” We can’t imagine NBAC without Joy.

Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to her family as they grieve their lovely mum, grandmother and great grandmother.

Everyone who knew Joy is invited to Canford Crematorium on 8th October 2018 at 12.00 midday to celebrate her life and mourn her passing. Please bring a memory or a photograph to share.

We will be starting a collection for Joy to raise funds for a bench in her honour and to plant a tree in her memory on Gainsborough Square. Collection boxes will be available in NBAC, The Hub and Buzz café.

Sally Gapper
Chief Executive Officer 
North Bristol Advice Centre

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