I first started working at Mapperley School when Mrs Foster was the head. I worked as the school clerk as well as doing part-time teaching for her. It must have been when Brenda was little (Joan’s daughter) so it was about 1966.When Mrs Challenge died I worked part time with another teacher I think her name was Mrs Edwards but I cannot be sure of that. Then Mary Bland started as a full time teacher and I just did part time again.
When Mrs Lowe became the head she decided that it would be a good idea for the children to have a long weekend at Champion house at Edale. The children loved it. They went out exploring the countryside around Edale and also visited other places. I remember that when Brenda went she was the next youngest child to go and I believe that she was only eight years old. We were so worried about her because she was so young but she really enjoyed it very much.
About Joan written by Elaine Sarson
As you will see from the above, Joan has dedicated many, many years to the children of Mapperley C of E School and I know some of those years she did on a voluntary basis.
Joan, Gould as she was then, came to the village in 1947 with her parents Harriet and George , her sister Pat , her cousin Tony and their dog Pat.
Joan married Walter Law in October 1960.
Joan and Walter had four children, Stephen, Brenda, Graham and Philip. The family suffered the greatest loss imaginable when their dear daughter Brenda died of cancer at the age of 39 years in 2003 leaving a husband and two young children Emily born in 1993 and Sophie born in 1995.
Joan and Walter have seven wonderful grandchildren, as well as Emily & Sophie, there is Stephen & Christine’s boys, Jamie & Michael, Graham and Sue’s son Tom and Philip and Rachel’s girls Megan and Abby. A further great loss to the family was when Rachel who passed away at the age of 38 years In 2011. Such a lot for one family to bare.
Joan has always involved herself in the village. Other committees and groups Joan was involved in was the Parish Council, Women’s Institute which was held in the school and Brownies which she ran in West Hallam
Joan and Walters eldest son Stephen is a Major in the army, Brenda was a teacher,