Joc Watts

December 20, 2010 at 11:59 pm. General News.

Islanders’ praise for Meadow Court Farm’s Joc Watts, who lost her battle with cancer on Monday By Zoe Ash

Joc Watts, ‘a woman of considerable energy’ who will be ‘greatly missed by everybody’.
TRIBUTES were paid yesterday to a Guernsey woman who tirelessly devoted her life to the island community.

Joc Watts, MBE, died on Monday, aged 62, after battling cancer since March.

With her husband, Ray, Mrs Watts ran Meadow Court Farm and was involved in almost every aspect of parish life in St Andrew’s.

The former douzenier was leader of the Floral Guernsey St Andrew’s team which, for the second time, is going for gold this August in Britain in Bloom.

Mrs Watts was a member of the Floral Guernsey council between 2003 and 2007 and led St Andrew’s to one silver and two silver gilt awards between 2004 and 2006 in the parish competitions.

St Andrew’s also represented Guernsey in the 2007 Britain in Bloom, winning gold in the large village category.

‘Joc was a person of immense energy and commitment to everything she did’, said Tony Spruce, chairman of the Floral Guernsey council.

‘She was a woman of considerable energy and will be greatly missed by everybody.’

He said she was never too busy to give her time to the community.

Andrew Tabel, general manager at the Dairy, said Mrs Watts and her family at Meadow Court Farm had always been ardent supporters of the local dairy industry, the breed and the Dairy itself.

‘Her immense drive and enthusiasm was infectious, as was her appetite for promoting and driving the industry forward,’ said Mr Tabel.

He said that in the past the Dairy had worked closely with the farm, most recently with the development and introduction of the Dairy’s new soft cheese, Frie d’Or.

‘Joc’s passion and support for her island home with its beautiful countryside and historical agricultural background was clearly apparent to all those with whom she came into contact.

‘Her legacy will resonate around the island for many years to come,’ said Mr Tabel.

At the Guernsey Awards for Achievement ceremony in February last year, Meadow Court Farm won the NatWest Small Business Award and overall Commerce and Employment Guernsey Business of the Year.

The Lt-Governor Sir Fabian Malbon released a statement on behalf of himself and Lady Malbon.

‘Having met Ray and Joc Watts very soon after coming to the island in 2005, it became quickly evident that she was a powerhouse of activity, involved in so many enterprises in her own determined, energetic and persuasive way.

‘Many facets of Guernsey life have been affected over the years by her tireless enthusiasm, no more so than the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the lead she gave to the young men and women involved in that scheme.’

Mrs Watts was awarded an MBE in 2005 for helping to launch the scheme in Guernsey.

She and her husband were staunch supporters of the farmers’ markets in both the Castel and at Sausmarez Manor, and had been regular stallholders for four of the five years that the events have taken place.

‘All of us at the market will mourn her loss enormously,’ said Peter de Sausmarez, who runs the manor market.

n Joc Watts’ funeral will take place at St Andrew’s Church on Friday at 10am. Those attending are asked to bring a posy of freshly-picked flowers from their garden. ‘Joc was a person of immense energy and commitment to everything she did’

Floral Guernsey council

chairman Tony Spruce

Article posted on 10th June, 2009 – 2.29pm

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