Judy first became involved with the WI in the 1980s. She wanted to find new friends away from her work as a schoolteacher of Mathematics and Science, preferring to work with children who had learning difficulties, hearing impairments, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Judy also needed to find new friends outside the home as her own children started to fly from the nest.
Her close friend introduced her to Kilham WI where she settled in immediately. A year later Judy became an active committee member, taking up the post of secretary, followed by treasurer and then president.
Eager to extend her friendships and active role, Judy joined the Federation sub-committee of Arts, Sports & Leisure and was soon appointed chairman of this.
Judy was born and raised on a smallholding in East Yorkshire, and was influenced by her grandmother who taught her many homemaking skills.
Judy is a very family-oriented person, caring for and supporting four generations. She loves to share her passion for all kinds of crafts, including needlework and papercrafts, with her daughters and grandchildren. She is also a keen gardener, growing blooms and greenery for her flower arranging, and fruit, herbs and vegetables for baking and cooking. Her flock of 30 hens keep her and her family supplied with plenty of fresh, free range eggs.