Val Norman, who recently died of cancer, was born in Banbury 70 years ago and educated locally – her parents having moved from London when her father got a job with ALCAN.
Val read French & Spanish at Nottingham University. After her degree, she came back to Banbury to teach at Easington Girls (Secondary Modern) School, which later became Banbury School.
Val joined the Labour party in 1971. Her life-long friend, Heather Johnson, says that after she persuaded Val to join she quickly ‘caught the bug’ and never let her enthusiasm for socialism wane.
Always a Francophile, in the 1990’s Val and husband Dave left Banbury to teach at the prestigious International School in Paris.
Val returned to Twyford in 2005 and immediately became active in the local NOVLP and Women’s group, where her campaign to save the NHS from privatisation became a mission (introducing us to 38 degrees).
She was a good friend and colleague who worked hard for the children she taught and the community in which she lived. We will all miss her.