Tribute to former headteacher and Keighley Soroptimist stalwart

Moira Hutchison, second from left

Moira Hutchison, second from left

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TRIBUTE has been paid to a former headteacher and stalwart of Keighley Soroptimists who has died aged 82.

Moira Hutchison began her teaching career in Glasgow and moved to this area with her late husband George and young family in the 1960s.

She taught modern languages at the former Swire Smith School in Keighley and after seven years moved on to Hartington Middle School, where she became headteacher.

During her time at the helm at Hartington, Mrs Hutchison oversaw the school's move from Keighley to a new building in Haworth in the early 1980s.

She took early retirement in 1986.

Mrs Hutchison was a member of Keighley Soroptimists for over three decades, joining in 1983, and was a former president.

This week tribute was paid by Jean Gee, the group's immediate past president.

"Moira was someone who 'made a difference' through everything she did – both within the club and her many connections and interests in the town," she said.

"She was a respected and much loved person all over Yorkshire. She had a fantastic family which she cherished, and was proud of them all.

"Her enthusiasm was present in everything she did for the club. She set-up the Aire Valley Contact Centre with Bingley Soroptimists and helped to build this valuable intervention for children and estranged family members. This service was invaluable to our British courts and now similar centres are all over the country.

"She also assisted with Keighley's Talking Newspaper scheme for the partially sighted and blind.

"Her love of the international aspect was present, especially as our friendship link co-ordinator, and she organised charter dinners.

"Her faith was strong and she supported Silsden Methodist Church over many years, and was always willing to visit the elderly and sick when the need arose.

"Moira was a remarkable woman who will be missed but never forgotten."

Mrs Hutchison was also a member for many years of Cross Hills and District Ladies Circle, later Tangent, and was founder and former chairman of Keighley Retired Teachers Association.

And she was three-times president of Keighley and District Caledonian Society.

Mrs Hutchison leaves three children – Pam, Jen and Peter – and six grandchildren.

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9:06am Thu 3 Jul 14

MarkPullen says...

As a pupil of Hartington School during the transition between Strawberry Street and Rawdon Road I will remember fondly the powerful presence of this formidable lady.

I recall the queue of pupils outside her office with heads bowed knowing that her slight stature hid a strong and disciplined educator.

Recently I saw her in the Airedale Centre promoting the rights of young women and she took the time to stop and talk with me about my time at the school.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Rest in peace Mrs Hutchison x
As a pupil of Hartington School during the transition between Strawberry Street and Rawdon Road I will remember fondly the powerful presence of this formidable lady. I recall the queue of pupils outside her office with heads bowed knowing that her slight stature hid a strong and disciplined educator. Recently I saw her in the Airedale Centre promoting the rights of young women and she took the time to stop and talk with me about my time at the school. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Rest in peace Mrs Hutchison x MarkPullen
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1:20pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Little Green Man says...

MarkPullen wrote:
As a pupil of Hartington School during the transition between Strawberry Street and Rawdon Road I will remember fondly the powerful presence of this formidable lady.

I recall the queue of pupils outside her office with heads bowed knowing that her slight stature hid a strong and disciplined educator.

Recently I saw her in the Airedale Centre promoting the rights of young women and she took the time to stop and talk with me about my time at the school.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Rest in peace Mrs Hutchison x
I remember when she started at Hartington Mark, that probably makes you a couple of years younger than me :)
[quote][p][bold]MarkPullen[/bold] wrote: As a pupil of Hartington School during the transition between Strawberry Street and Rawdon Road I will remember fondly the powerful presence of this formidable lady. I recall the queue of pupils outside her office with heads bowed knowing that her slight stature hid a strong and disciplined educator. Recently I saw her in the Airedale Centre promoting the rights of young women and she took the time to stop and talk with me about my time at the school. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Rest in peace Mrs Hutchison x[/p][/quote]I remember when she started at Hartington Mark, that probably makes you a couple of years younger than me :) Little Green Man
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6:27pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Shauny-Boy says...

Mark is 44 or 45 years of age.
Mark is 44 or 45 years of age. Shauny-Boy
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