Farewell dear friend

Sunday, May 15th, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of

Dr Mavis Curtis

mavis-picA better friend there never was. Kind, caring and a great intellect, she was one of the most delightful people it has been our honour to know.

 Mavis spent many years working with children in an educational environment. She enjoyed reading with children of all ages and explored a wide range of books, from The very Hungry Caterpillar to His Dark Materials by way of Room on the Broom and Horrid Henry. She undertook a substantial body of research into children’s oral tradition and wrote and edited books and articles on the subject. She had appeared on radio and television, being an expert “hopscotchologist” and has reviewed books on children’s folklore.

She was involved with a reading scheme with Primary School children and is about to embark on a project exploring with children the structure of children’s literature. Mavis has written a history of the WI, The WI: A Century in the Making and has written on local history.

Those who were helped by her might like to contribute to her favourite charity, Oxfam.