Barbara Elverd who was a popular and well-known figure in the village

Barbara Ruth Summerell was born in the Bird in Hand Pub, Nailsea on February 12, 1936. She was one of nine children. Later in 1958 she married Terry Elverd. They moved to Mulberry Road, Congresbury in 1965 where Stephen and Phillip were born.

Barbara will be remembered in Congresbury as one of Edith Wilson’s right hand people at the Playgroup in the Methodist Hall. She was also a lollipop lady for many years and  worked in the wool shop, Needles & Pins alongside Maureen Budd in the Precinct which was owned by Maureen Bewes.

She was a member of Young Wives in Kathleen Cran’s day. Also Congresbury Singers probably from the first time they met and helped set up one of the babysitting circles in the village in the Sixties and Seventies. She also, along with Terry, was a member of the local History Group and treasurer for many years of the afternoon W.I. She tended local war graves and help elderly neighbours in a caring capacity.

Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia some years ago but we could always find the ‘true Barbara’ inside. A fun lady, totally reliable and enjoying life to the full. She leaves Terry her husband, Stephen and Phillip her sons and Jessica her grandaughter. Also many friends who will miss her laughter and quirky sense of humour.

Ann Gunner