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Biography of 'Veronica Tippetts'

Sunday 12th August 2018

Born in Glasgow in 1938, Veronica moved to Coventry three years later and attended school at Kidderminster until she was 15. Her much loved history teacher, Miss Jordan, told Veronica that the more she knew, the more she would realise she did not know...

Veronica later settled in Southampton, becoming a mother to two boys and a girl. She read English Philosophy at Southampton University, studying under Professor Prince and Jacques Berthoud. Whilst there, she became friends with exiled Albie Sachs, lawyer and anti-apartheid campaigner. For many years she helped produce a monthly newsletter for Southampton Humanist Society.

She worked at a number of local schools, including Weston Park, Red Lodge and Deanery, before becoming Deputy Education Officer at three different prisons, specialising in adult literacy. Other varied roles included Voluntary Organiser at Salisbury Art Centre. Senior Counsellor in Alcohol Centre, Night Support Worker for young homeless and a tutor for Open University ‘Death & Dying Course’. A keen member of Deanery Poets, supported by both the National Poetry Society and Southampton CC, for several years she organised regular readings by major poets at Tudor House. Veronica currently supports the Southampton Cultural Quarter, Amnesty International, United Nations and Fabian Society.

After finding out about the National Federation of Cemetery Friends, Veronica made a successful presentation to Court Leet in Southampton about the Old Cemetery and this led to her linking up with John Avery and Geoff Watts to found FoSOC.