We are very sorry to announce the death of Jan Ayres, who was a folk poet, the holder of Waltham Abbey Folk Club and the organiser of an annual Midsummer Sing, as well as being an avid member of many folk clubs.
Her friend Keith Kendrick has penned these words of farewell:-
‘Just a few days ago, myself and Sylvia and a great many others, lost a very, very good friend. We are all feeling the loss of an effortlessly kind, generous, good spirited lady – a lady with immense literal talent and a wicked sense of humour. Anyone seeing her perform or reading one of her fabulous poetry books will stand testimony to that. Frequently seen and revered over many years at a variety of Folk Festivals like Broadstairs Folk Week, Tenterden Folk Festival – including her own very special annual Folk Weekend in Essex and her own Folk Club in Waltham Abbey, she was a complete one-off and was known and loved by all who knew her. She will be severely missed by us all. Bless you Jan and R.I.P. They broke the mould.’
We offer our sincere condolences to all Jan’s family and friends at this sad time.
The future of Waltham Abbey Folk Club has yet to be decided.