Alice was ‘tireless’ church stalwart

Alice Major who has died.
Alice Major who has died.

Tributes have been paid to a stalwart of Whitechapel Church for more than 70 years.

Alice Major, 94, was a member of the church council for many years and a tireless worker for the annual sale of work held in Moorend School, and then the Whitechapel Extravaganza when it moved to the town hall.

She was also a member of the Mothers’ Union and the Whitechapel Ladies Group. As well as being secretary, treasurer or chairman she often trod the boards as they presented dialect plays written and produced by George Deadman.

With her husband, Thomas, she was a stalwart of the Whitechapel Scout Group committee and helped spearhead a fund-raising campaign to buy and convert a pair of semi-derelict cottages into the group’s headquarters. After the building was complete the couple organised whist drives in the upstairs room for many years.

Whitechapel church warden Philip Hardill said: “Alice was a ‘doer’ and driver in all her many activities and was never shy of expressing her views in her forceful and positive manner but completely without rancour even when the motion went against her.

“Her many talents continued to the end of her life, fund raising for our church in so many other ways; baking and decorating cakes, making marmalade, knitting, sewing and embroidery were all amongst the many contributions to the life of the church that Alice loved for so many years.

“Alice supported Thomas in his involvement with Spenborough Swimming Club and encouraged their family to take part competitively; later in life they became expert sequence dancers too.”

She leaves children, Irene, Kenneth and Richard, grandchildren John, Andrew, Mike and Karen and great-grandchildren Joe and Victoria