Joy’s first job as an Air Stewardess in Belize
Joy’s first job was for the Transatlantic Central American Airlines based in British Honduras (now known as Belize). One of the routes she flew was from San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa from Belize City. She was offered the job in 1948 when she was 16. Her mother was Scottish, her Father was Welsh and her first language was English. The training took place in Belize and she was required to speak Spanish. The flights she worked on were of one hour duration with no drinks. The airline used small passenger planes. Sometimes she had to change planes in San Pedro Sula to a plane which could carry people and cargo. When there was cargo Joy often stayed behind in San Pedro Sula as they needed a man to unload the cargo at the destination,
Later in life she moved to London where she worked in the South London Hospital as a trainee nurse. The hospital was for women and children run by women. One man was a porter and all the doctors and nurses were women.
In the 1960s Joy took up fencing. There are three weapons in fencing the foil, sabre and epee. She was allowed to use the foil. She was a member of a club and fenced all over Cramwell, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. She was the Individual Women’s Champion for Lincolnshire. Joy preferred team competitions. For matches she had to wear a mask, special gloves, padded jacket (torso only). There was no electric fencing at club level as it was too expensive, but once you were at competitive level it was used. Fencing was good fun and very good exercise, however a legacy of her fencing days is a problem knee from all the lunging.
Joy is a valuable member of the team of WRVS volunteers helping with this project. She has been interviewing people in a variety of settings in Moray including this educational event at Cluny Primary called Then and Now in May. Here she is talking to Cluny teacher Mrs Paxman (left) about their shared experiences of Lincolnshire.
The event included a variety of Moray Services sharing information with the older residents of Buckie.
Toncontin International Airport
“The airport received much notoriety as being one of the most dangerous in the world due to its proximity to mountainous terrain, its short runway, and its historically difficult approach to runway 02.” source
A hillock was removed to make the airport safer.
Description of landing at the airport- click here
South London Hospital
The South London Hospital for Women, Clapham Common South Side was entirely staffed by women. The hospital was founded in 1912 and opened by Queen Mary on July 4th 1916. It was enlarged in the 1930s and closed down in 1984.
“South London Hospital for Women (Incorporated); 1912; Out-patients, 86-88, 90, Newington Causeway, S.E. In-patients, 103, South Side, Clapham Common.; To give medical and surgical treatment by qualified medical women – to provide private wards for women of small means (1 to 3 guineas a week).” source
Lost Hospitals of London– information on the South London Hospital for women and children