Sad farewell to people’s champ

Joan Hoare, of Broomhill Forum
Joan Hoare, of Broomhill Forum

A STALWART Sheffield campaigner who helped form an influential community group will be remembered today when family and friends gather for her funeral.

Joan Hoare, aged 70, of Moor Oaks Road, Broomhill, was among the founder members of Broomhill Neighbourhood and Action Group, which formed around 30 years ago.

And she also help form a smaller group, the Moor Oaks Triangle, to help represent her neighbours.

She was also a member of the Quaker movement.

Her funeral was due to take place at 1.15pm today, at Grenoside Crematorium.

Joan was married to Dr Richard Hoare, a retired GP who worked at Selbourne Medical Centre, Crosspool, for 39 years and the couple have two sons, Robin and Mark.

John Birtwhistle, secretary of Moor Oaks Triangle, said: “Joan was a stalwart supporter of local community organisations.

“She was a main writer of the Constitution of Broomhill Action and Neighbourhood Group, helping form its policy over the next forty years.

“She was a founder member of Moor Oaks Triangle, the community group for her immediate neighbourhood. In fact, its name was her idea.

“Joan was a community activist of a rare and valuable kind. She had a wry, sceptical, intelligence.

“Never strident - indeed, often quiet in meetings - she nevertheless thought intensely about the issues and every now and then it was Joan who came up with the critical idea.”

He added: “She was a creative person who educated her sons at home through ‘Education Otherwise’, played the clarinet and recorder in various groups, and wrote poetry.

“When she died she had just completed an MA in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University.

“A selection of her poems entitled Equal Viewing is now going to press. She was a restless enquirer into art and ideas which may teach us how to live.”

Professor Leni Oglesby, chair of Broomhill Forum, another neighbourhood group in the area, added: “Joan was a stalwart supporter of community groups in Broomhill, including the Broomhill Forum, for which she was a community representative, the Moor Oaks Triangle and others.”

Lib Dem leader on Sheffield Council and Broomhill Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, said: “Joan was a well-respected and active member of the community who will be deeply missed.”

A celebration of Joan’s life will be held at 1.30pm on Saturday, July 23, at Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, in the city centre.