Thelma Irene Paines; fl 1932-2008; politician; Battersea, London, and Thetford, Norfolk

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Thelma Irene Paines; fl 1932-2008; politician; Battersea, London, and Thetford, Norfolk

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Born Battersea, London, January 1932 to Grace & Bertie Lane. One brother, Richard. Parents divorced, and mother married Henry Skinner, who already had two daughters, and then another daughter, Susan, in 1950. During 1939-45 war, was evacuated to Brighton. To Northamptonshire a/w brother. To Wales a/w brother. Finally to outskirts of Richmond, Yorkshire. Started work on 14th birthday at S.E. Assn for the Blind behind Victoria Street as a Junior. Then as typist in Architectural Brassfounders in Clerkenwell. Finally ran export/import office in Gayfere Street, Westminster. Married Albert Paines, August 1957. Son Matthew born 1960. Worked in Lambeth County Court. Daughter Fabia 1962; son Wesley 1963; son Lewis 1965. Moved to Thetford with London Overspill scheme, November 1962. Became Thetford Town Councillor, 1978 (Mayor 1990 & 2006). Breckland District Councillor, 1983 (Chairman 1997). Norfolk County Councillor, 1985 (Chairman 1999-2000). JP for 14 yrs. Member of Norwich Prison Board of Visitors for 21 yrs (3 years as Chairman). Member of Police Committee and short stint on Police Authority. Still Chair of Peterborough/Norwich Rail Users Association. Have travelled to Russia; USA; Canada; Australia; New Zealand; Hong Kong; Singapore; China; Hungary; Czechoslovakia & their modern split countries; Spitzbergen; Norway; Sweden; Denmark; Lithuania; Latvia; plus France/Belgium/Spain/Portugal; Finland; Iceland. Labour Party councillor.


Battersea, London; Thetford, Norfolk

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