The Cumberland News
Ensured good practice: Heather Payn
was extremely diligent in her
work which saw her
introduce all manner of projects designed to improve the education of both children and adults through her
support of evening classes, often in remote villages and at all times of the year
introduced all manner of projects designed to improve the education of both children and adults through her
practical support of evening classes, often in remote villages and at all times of the year.
In 1968 she was appointed to the new post of adviser for home economics with the Westmorland Local Education Authority.
Following local government reorganisation in 1974, her
role expanded to take in the whole of the new county of Cumbria.
colleagues in the county education service, she
worked to help establish the new county and to ensure that good practice in home economics teaching would be readily available to everyone.
arranged courses at teachers' centres and through the county's new residential development centre at Higham Hall, often arriving a day early to make sure that everything was in order.
Poor health - rheumatism - forced her to take early retirement in 1982 but her condition did later improve sufficiently for her to serve as president of the Kendal Soroptimists, an organisation of which she had always been a committed supporter.