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Tributes to well-respected Silsden volunteer
1:36pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A well-known Silsden woman has died aged 93.
Winnie Barker worked as a volunteer at Aire View Infants’ School in the town for many years, supporting pupils with their reading and teaching them how to bake.
She was a Methodist Church Sunday School teacher for more than 70 years, beginning at the old Bethesda Church in Keighley Road, Silsden, before moving to the present amalgamated church in 1956.
“She was utterly committed to introducing her pupils to the caring ethos of love and respect for each other,” said a friend, who asked not to be named.
Mrs Barker (pictured), a widow, was also involved in countless other organisations in the town, including the horticultural society, bowling club, civic society, the gala and senior citizens’ groups.
She was invited to a Buckingham Palace garden party in 2004 in recognition of her service to the community. She received a Keighley Community Star Award six years later.
“Winnie worked in local mills all her working life, but also used her exceptional creative and domestic talents to help others,” added the friend.
“She was an expert in cake icing, and for many years gave talks, tuition and demonstrations throughout Keighley district, raising thousands of pounds to help alleviate Third World poverty – a cause particularly close to her heart.”
The funeral service takes place at Silsden Methodist Church at 12.30pm tomorrow.