Tree planting ceremony held in memory of Lockleaze's Joy Langley

February 13 2019
Tree planting ceremony held in memory of Lockleaze's Joy Langley

On January 25, family and friends of Joy Langley came together on Gainsborough Square to plant a tree in her memory. Joy passed away after a short illness on 15th September last year.

There was a strong desire to create a lasting memorial for Joy in Lockleaze. A beautiful acer tree has been planted next to the playground, somewhere where all who knew and loved her can go to remember, reflect and celebrate the life of this amazing woman.

Joy was a beloved and hugely respected member of this community. North Bristol Advice Centre was a huge part of Joy’s life. She set it up in 1984 with Cllr Charles Merrick and Isabel Webley and remained a huge and constant support to Sally Gapper and the team at the advice centre, to the very end of her life.

Joy had the gift of supporting and nurturing others by sharing her wisdom and experience, by being a voice of calm and continuity in a community facing a lot of challenges and changes. One of the amazing things about her was her ability to adapt to new challenges and embrace change. She would say about NBAC: “We don’t stay still, we keep moving forward and expanding to help more people.” This is what Joy really cared about, helping the people of Lockleaze.

Her absence is felt very deeply, most particularly by her family and close friends, but also in the

wider community. It is fitting that a tree has been planted in Gainsborough Square, at the very heart of Lockleaze. Joy devoted her life to this community and somehow remains at its heart. No-one had a deeper knowledge of this community or a deeper commitment to the people of Lockleaze. And her legacy will remain in the organisations she helped to found, and supported all her life, based around Gainsborough Square.

The Lockleaze Community Association, now finding a new way forward as a family and community club, Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust now running the Hub community centre and providing real leadership to the community, and North Bristol Advice Centre, which continues to offer vital support to those facing difficulties.

We planted this tree, so we will hold her memory very dear to us. And as we watch it grow, we will be comforted to think of her, still with us in Lockleaze.