Winifred Irene Chaplin
My mother was born on 9 March 1909 at Newtown Road, Bedworth. She died 6 February 1997 whilst living only a few miles away at 7 Bede Village, Exhall, Coventry. After her funeral service at St Laurence's Church her body was cremated at Canley, Coventry.
Although born in Newtown Road, Bedworth she was sent to live with her Aunt in Guilsborough, Northants, where she first started school. She then return to live with her family that had by then moved to the Bell Hotel, Bell Green. After grandfather had given up the Bell they moved to Mason Road, Foleshill.
Known to everyone as Win, she married my father, Cyril Stanley Evans in 1937.
My mother was an excellent pianist. At one time, before she was married, she worked in a music shop playing the sheet music that customers wanted to buy. She was expected to play anything handed to her. Later she played for both the local Townswomen's Guild and the ladies Guild at the Foleshill Congregationalist Church. She also sang in guild choirs. She enjoyed taking part in all of the Guild activities, whether singing, amateur dramatics, crafts or baking. My brothers and I looked forward to the days before a cake competition when "try outs" would be plentiful. I must confess that we were also part of "the team" that could pack more items into a matchbox than any other guild member.
At one time she had worked in a convalescence home in Conway, Wales and also worked in the weaving sheds at Cash's, Coventry and at Laird's ribbon weavers, in Carlton Road, Little Heath.