Tributes to 'fastest gran on the web'

GLOWING tributes have been made to one of Martlesham Heath's most active residents - known as the "fastest granny on the internet."Joan Pinch, 80, of Bader Court, who died earlier this month, was heavily involved in many village activities and had close links with the St Michael and All Angels Church.

GLOWING tributes have been made to one of Martlesham Heath's most active residents - known as the "fastest granny on the internet."

Joan Pinch, 80, of Bader Court, who died earlier this month, was heavily involved in many village activities and had close links with the St Michael and All Angels Church.

Daughter Alison Vickers, 52, said: "When she came to Martlesham she told the rector that she wanted to join everything, and I think she did."

The groups that she became involved in included the Rainbow Brownies, holiday clubs, the mothers' union, Woman's Institute and the church. She even bought a new computer and taught herself how to use it.


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Mrs Pinch hailed from Ireland but moved to Martlesham Heath in 1946 to teach at Kesgrave Hall School. After a 30-year spell living in Norfolk, she moved back in 1992.

Elizabeth Corker, assistant priest at St Michael and All Angels Church, said: "She was a person who was interested in every age group. She helped on projects with the toddlers and youngsters, right through the older people. They all related to her.

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"We are really thankful to have had her as part of our community."

Her funeral, held on Friday August 16 at St Michael's Church, was attended by around 90 people.

Mrs Pinch had died suddenly of a stroke on Monday August 12. She leaves two sisters, two children and three grandchildren.

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