Brenda was central to all aspects of village life

Date: Friday 1st May 2020
Brenda Payn
Brenda Payn

THE people of Dufton lost a kind and generous friend with the sudden death of Brenda Payne.

She was born at and lived in Dufton all her life and all aspects of village life were important to her.

She was closely involved with the village hall for many years, coming as she did from the Currah family, which helped with running it from the start. She was always willing to help and offered to bake without fail, for any event in the hall or for the church or the chapel.

She was married to Johnny Payne, and their son, Terry was born in 1970. Johnny died just before his 60th birthday. Since then, Brenda has lived with her brother Clive.

For many years in the 80s, people in the village put on a play, culminating in a series produced by Pamela Spence. Brenda took part in all of these, never afraid to act the fool and laugh. Yet in ordinary life she played her part quietly and unassumingly.

Recently, she organised coffee mornings to raise funds for the Friday bus and the Blood Bikes, which were very well supported and made considerable sums of money.

Further afield, she was involved for many years with the Stick and Wheel Club in Appleby, along with Les and Margaret Davis and Pat Watkin, going on holiday to Skegness to assist them.

Even when they lived in the hamlet of Keisley, Brenda and Terry would walk into Dufton most days to spend time with friends or relatives, or to help people in their homes, as a loyal friend. Being a good neighbour was second nature to Brenda. She helped with the village youth club, which thrived in the late 80s to early 90s, remaining close friends with the young people of those days throughout her life. Her home was always open to them and later to their husbands, wives and families. The whole village will miss her warmth and sense of humour.