Bramley Meade cook Margaret dies

Margaret Davies
Margaret Davies

A former hospital cook and treasurer of the Pendle Club has died aged 88.

Margaret Davies, who lived in West View, Clitheroe, was very well-known and respected in the Ribble Valley.

Born in Clitheroe, but brought up at Kitchens Farm, Bashall Eaves, she attended the village school.

The eldest of eight children, on leaving primary school. she was educated at Ribblesdale School, but had to leave at the age of 14 to work at various places including Edisford Hall Farm to support her mother and family after her father passed away in 1937. Margaret was aged 11 at the time of his passing.

After some years, she went to work for Dr Barker at Hillcrest House. When he died in 1956, she worked at Bramley Meade maternity home, Whalley, where she worked for 30 years until retirement at the age of 60. She started as a nursing auxillary, but soon applied for a position as a cook and prepared meals until she retired.

Outside work, her hobbies included embroidery and walking. In fact, she was a member of Clitheroe Ramblers Club and enjoyed a number of walking holidays with the Countrywide Holidays Association. She was also a member of the Pendle Club where she was treasurer for some years. She went to dances there and until recently joined the luncheon club on Wednesdays.

Margaret also enjoyed dances at various different places throughout her life including Newton and Slaidburn Village Halls, The Catholic Centre, West Bradford Village Hall and the Pendle Club.