Ninety year old Joyce tunes up for a return to school

Ninety year old Joyce tunes up for a return to school

By Gareth Dennison | 28/08/2020

Ninety year old Joyce tunes up for a return to school


TALENTED Joyce Barnett still teaches children music at her village school — at the age of 90.

There are few who know more about Kilnhurst than Joyce, who has lived there for over eight decades.

“I’ve always been one for helping people,” she said.

“I went up to St Thomas’ to see if I could help out and I’m still there 26 years later, or will be when they’re back at school.”

Joyce, who has a music teaching room in her converted pantry at home too, wanted to share her photos of Kilnhurst through the years to give the place a dose of good publicity.

“I was born at Mexborough Montagu Hospital and have spent most of my life in Kilnhurst,” she said. “It was a lovely village when I was growing up. You didn’t have to go elsewhere for anything.

“And I feel it still is a lovely place. I’ve never wanted to move. I speak to people, get to know people.

“I still drive, so I take the car to the garage in the village and bring them sausage rolls. They all call me Nannan.

“I was talking to a young fellow and asked if he lived in the village. He said yes, but he was moving out.

“When I asked why, he said it was because it was too expensive. I thought that was such a shame.”

Joyce said she had happy memories from throughout her time living in Kilnhurst.

“When I was younger, we used to do shows and perform at places like the Royal in Mexborough,” she added.

“One had six of us girls and we were supposed to kick. I fell down but everyone clapped. They thought it was part of the act.

“I remember having a portable radio at the VE Day party but the batteries soon went flat and the music slowed down.

“I was the first housekeeper at the Earl of Strafford. I feel sad to they’ve let the Ship Inn building go, though. We need to build it back up. It’s part of Kilnhurst’s history.

“It’s about what people make of a place. I know they’ll miss me when I go!”


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