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Tributes to Silsden volunteer Winnie Barker
8:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A well-known Silsden woman has died aged 93.
Winnie Barker for many years worked as a volunteer at Aire View Infants’ School in the town, supporting pupils with their reading and teaching them how to bake.
And she was a Methodist Church Sunday School teacher for over 70 years, beginning at the old Bethesda Church in Keighley Road, Silsden, before moving to the present amalgamated church in 1956.
“She was utterly committed to introducing her pupils to the caring ethos of love and respect for each other,” said a friend, who asked not to be named.
Mrs Barker, a widow, was also involved in countless other organisations in the town including the horticultural society, bowling club, civic society, the gala and senior citizens’ groups.
In 2004, she was invited to a Buckingham Palace garden party in recognition of her service to the community.
And six years later, she received a Keighley Community Star Award.
“Winnie worked in local mills all her working life but also used her exceptional creative and domestic talents to help others,” said the friend.
“She was an expert in cake-icing and for many years gave talks, tuition and demonstrations throughout the Keighley district, raising thousands of pounds to alleviate Third World poverty.”
A funeral service will be held at Silsden Methodist Church tomorrow at 12.30pm.
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