Brean councillor announces plans to launch family history book
Jackman, a well-known Brean resident and parish councillor, is
set to launch a new book about her family's history this month.
discussed her plans during an interview with Burnham-On-Sea's
talking newspaper for the blind and partially-sighted, called
Sounds and Voices.
hardback book will focus on the life and times of three Quaker
families in Victorian times, who are Joan's relatives.
publication has been illustrated with several watercolours depicting
scenes from a Victorian household which Joan had valued on BBC's
Antiques Roadshow three years ago, as we featured here.
Her new book will be formally launched on June 15th in Brean Village
her interview, Joan also talked about her early years in teaching
and as the owner, with her husband, of a swimming pool where she
employed her pupils at weekends to collect cups and saucers for
the pool's cafe.
later found the 'fortune' that she had accrued was not enough
to keep her for the remainder of her life, so she returned to
teaching PE and became a leading light in coaching and judging
gymnastics locally and internationally. She was a judge at the
Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand in 1990.
Deahl, the week's editor of Sounds and Voices, who interviewed
Joan, said: "She is an amazing woman who, at the age of 87,
has a very sharp memory and ready wit and it was an enormous pleasure
for him to meet and interview her."
had the privilege of unpacking and opening the first copy of Joan's
book and was amazed at the quality of the full colour illustrations.
Joan hopes that many people will come along to meet her at the
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