But as well as that, she was a very active member of the Labour Party, and was elected to Kirklees Council. An appreciation of her work as a councillor appeared in the local paper here. She had a special interest on the council in children and young people and became deputy leader, until she had to resign due to ill health. Until she retired, she was a teacher, specialising in children with special needs, and after she retired she continued to be active in schools as a school governor and with her great friend Pauline was a volunteer teaching children to knit. Barry Sheerman, the local M.P., spoke at the service, describing how she had made him welcome when he first arrived in Huddersfield as a Parliamentary candidate, knowing no-one in the town, and many people at the service described her as a kind and lovely person.
Her family had put together a display of her craft work for the service. She was probably more enthusiastic about crochet than knitting, and amongst the crochet, I recognised two designs by Jane Crowfoot, one looking a splendid against a flower arrangement.
|Jane Crowfoot's 'Mystical Lanterns' shawl|
|Jane Crowfoot's Lily Pond blanket|
|Kaffe Fassett's Carpet Pattern coat|
In the last few years, she adored making things for her granddaughter Alicia, and I remember her bringing along the latest Alicia outfit in progress to our knitting groups. I love the 'Rainy Day' crochet cardigan (a design by Catherine Waterfield) and the raccoon sweater.
And she was an accomplished embroiderer, though I hadn't seen any of that aspect of her craft work before.
Cath was a devoted listener to Radio 4, and much of the music at the service was based on that - the theme music from Desert Island Discs, The Archers, and the Shipping Forecast. (To be honest, I would not recognise 'Sailing by' as the theme music for the shipping forecast, and although the Archers' theme music is a jolly tune and instantly recognisable, in our house it's signal to turn off the radio - takes all sorts.) Also played during the service was "The Shipping Forecast" by Les Barker, a parody of a genuine shipping forecast, read by Brian Perkins (a genuine Radio 4 newsreader).
The service was a lovely way to remember Cath, who gave a lot to the world and should have had longer to carry on giving. We miss her.
Many of these photos were very kindly given by Cath's daughter, Laura.