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Memorial arbour unveiled to much loved councillor in Derbyshire Dales.

A memorial arbour to much loved Derbyshire Dales councillor Joyce Pawley has been unveiled in Matlock Bath’s picturesque Derwent Gardens.

Joyce, who died earlier this year, weeks after undergoing a high-risk operation to stop pre-cancerous cells turning cancerous, represented Masson ward, including the parishes of Bonsall, Cromford and Matlock Bath.

Before last Saturday’s Matlock Bath Illuminations – an event she enthusiastically supported – the arbour was unveiled by Joyce’s husband Chris in a simple ceremony also attended by family and friends, Derbyshire Dales District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy, fellow district councillors and Matlock Bath Parish Council Chairman Councillor Peter Baranek.

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The arbour was installed as a collaborative project between the parish and district councils after Matlock Bath residents raised £1,500 towards a memorial.

Councillor Baranek said:

“After discussing the possibilities with Joyce’s family and the District Council it was agreed that the most appropriate memorial would be an arbour in her favourite place in Matlock Bath – the Water Garden.”

At the unveiling Joyce’s husband Chris said:

“To say I’m proud of this is an understatement. Joyce would have loved it – the location was one of her favourite spots, this corner of the Gardens. It’s such a fitting memorial to her – a place where people can come and sit and meditate and put the world to rights.

“I am so grateful to everyone – the district and parish councils and the people of Matlock Bath who have contributed and helped in this project. It shows the respect and affection they had for Joyce and I am very grateful.”


At Saturday’s Illuminations several District Council colleagues organised a tombola and collections for Macmillan Cancer Support in Joyce’s honour. Councillors Helen Froggatt, Clare Gamble, Dermot Murphy, Steve Wain and Mark Wakeman together raised £1,036 for the charity.
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