Tributes to leading community activist

joanram'Joan Hoare, of Broomhill Forum
joanram'Joan Hoare, of Broomhill Forum

TRIBUTES were paid this week to Broomhill community stalwart Joan Hoare, who has died aged 70.

She was a founder member of Broomhill Neighbourhood and Action Group, which plays a leading and influential role in the life of the area, and she created a smaller group, the Moor Oaks Triangle, to represent the views of her neighbours.

A Quaker, she was married to Dr Richard Hoare, a retired GP, who worked at Selborne Medical Centre in Crosspool, and the couple have two sons, Robin and Mark.

The funeral was at Grenoside Crematorium on Tuesday, and a celebration of her life will be held at the Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, on Saturday, July 23 at 1.30pm.

John Birtwhistle, secretary of Moor Oaks Triangle, said 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.

“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.

“A selection of her poems entitled Equal Viewing is now going to press.

“She was a restless inquirer into art and ideas which may teach us how to live.”