President of Castleford Heritage Trust, Winifred McLoughlin J.P. B.E.M. of Glasshoughton, passed away peacefully in Pinderfields Hospital on the 1st of January 2015 aged 93 years.
The dearly loved wife of the late Arthur, a devoted mother and mother in law, also loving Nanna to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she will be greatly missed by all of her loving family and many friends.
Winnie was president of the Trust from its foundation as the Castleford Heritage Group in 2000. Alison Drake, chair of Castleford Heritage Trust, described Mrs McLoughlin as a “wonderful and caring friend”.
She said: "The group is really saddened by the news. Winifred will be long remembered for her great affection and passion for the community.
Winnie was a dedicated president of CHT and gave wise guidance throughout the years we worked together at the Trust. I could always turn to her to discuss any issues and with her experience and wisdom
she gave sound advice and support for all we did." Alison then added: "When we considered buying Queen's Mill, Winnie was wholly behind the project and in her usual way of getting to the basics she said ‘Just do it! The rest will catch up later!’."
- Born 18th August 1921 in Glasshoughton
- Worked as a nurse at a local hospital, then for twenty years for the Department of Health at the Regional Medical Centre.
- Joined the Labour Party in 1946. For 38 years served as secretary of the women's section. Served on the Regional Labour Party executive, Yorkshire Women's Labour Council and the Constituency Executive.
- In 1955 became a councillor on the newly formed Castleford Borough Council. Councillor until 1969, then became an alderman for Glasshoughton ward. Also served as chair of the Parks and Recreation and Markets committees.
- Was deputy mayor of Castleford 1966/1967 and Mayor 1971/1972.
- Served on the Pontefract and Castleford Hospital Management Committee and was chair of the Castleford Group of Hospitals.
- Appointed a JP in 1969.
- In 1973 was elected a councillor on the newly formed Wakefield MDC and served until May 2000. Served on trading standards, the Yorkshire Arts Council, and the Wakefield District War Pensions Committee.
- Was deputy mayor of the district 1979/1980 and Mayor 1980/1981.
- Served as Chair of Governors on St Joseph's and Wheldon infant schools.
- Was active in the community as president of the Castleford Heritage Trust, active with the Friends of Castleford Library, ran a luncheon club at Glasshoughton and was active with the Glasshoughton Village Group.
- Awarded the Freedom of the City of Wakefield in 2001.
- Awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community of Glasshoughton in 2013.