RIP JOHN JONES 1941 - 2020
Edwina's beloved husband John passed away on 1 November 2020 after a long battle with cancer.
They married in 2001 and had been looking forward to their 20th anniversary and John's 80th birthday, but it was not to be.
A tribute page in his memory has raised over £4,300 for Blythe House Hospice at Home service, based near their home in the Peak District of Derbyshire.
John was a retired Detective Superintendent in London's Metropolitan Police and was well-known
as a master detective solving murders, armed robberies and organised crime. They met when he was
a guest on Edwina's BBC Radio 5 programme.
For 15 years Edwina was a volunteer at Nightingale
House in Wandsworth, south London, one of the largest homes for the elderly in Europe, running
the monthly residents’ Book Club. This only came to an end a year after her return to Derbyshire.
“I recommend giving some hours as a volunteer,” she says. “The arguments in the book club got very heated even
though the members were in their 80s and 90s. It was such fun”
“Edwina’s Nonagenarian Book Club” – Guardian 7th June 2008
At Nightingale House in South London, with author and former MP Ann Widdicombe, 14th April 2010
Over many years Edwina has been in demand as a speaker on cruise ships, talking about her work in Westminster, her books and her more recent life. One popular talk is entitled, "Growing Old Disgracefully..!"
She says, "I've travelled all over the world and have been on scores of cruises,
having a wonderful time. It's a great way to enjoy the finest cuisine and entertainment
while waking up in a different port each morning. As soon as we can, I hope to get on
board once more."
Partners in Education Swaziland
Edwina has been a Patron of PIES for some years now.
This is a British charity run by volunteers committees in both the UK and locally.
She has made two visits to Swaziland (now called Eswatini), one of the poorest countries
on earth, which has been devastated by the lost of an entire generation through HIV/AIDS.
For more information see: www.piescharity.org.uk
Cycling for Charity
Long distance bike ride challenges for charity were part of Edwina's life for many years,
including helping to organise them for Marie Curie Cancer Care. A typical example was a
450km bike ride in Poland in September 2004 which started in Krakow and finished at Marie
Curie's birthplace in Warsaw. It raised over £240,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. In all
Edwina has done nine like this, and John was with her on six of them "Though he rode at the
front, and I was usually at the back," she laughs. Locations included France, Russia, Poland,
Lithuania, Estonia, Amsterdam, Egypt and Israel. "A great way to raise money, stay fit, see
wonderful places and make friends for life," she says.
get a real flavour of the fun and pain of these events, read Edwina's
Sunday Times 2003 article:
your Bikes and Ride!!!"
Bikers in Krakow, Poland in September 2004
Edwina and JJ centre front row with daughter Susie (in blue jacket)
Read Edwina's Sunday Times article:
"Get on your Bikes and Ride!!!"
Jones Speeding In - Egypt - February 2003
Trying to stay presentable while cycling 60 miles a day – Estonia 2008
Anyone interested should check out www.classictours.co.uk who organise these challenge events or your favourite charity’s website.
Interested in a cycling or walking holiday in Derbyshire's beautiful Peak District, or further afield? Then we can recommend www.peak-tours.com for a wonderful experience
Tideswell Male Voice Choir
In November 2011 Edwina was invited to become President of the award-winning
Tideswell Male Voice Choir, based in the Peak District; husband John Jones
promptly joined, first as a baritone then graduating to bass. The choir has
taken part in the Cornwall International Male Voice Choir Festival 2013, the
Bowdon Festival (Manchester 2013), and appeared at Gawsworth Hall, Stockport
Plaza and (numerous times) Buxton Opera House. For details of their current concerts please visit www.tideswellmvc.co.uk
They have sung several times with the original Military Wives’ Choir.
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