Inspirational Women

On Wednesday evening, Helena and Melissa from Link Age Southwark joined East Dulwich WI for a special meeting to celebrate International Women’s Day. Link Age Southwark service user Barbara Hall MBE spoke about her experiences as Britain’s longest serving crossword compiler and as a coder in the Wrens during WW2. Barbara, 94, got her first contract to write crosswords aged just 14, when she won a national newspaper competition. She served in the Wrens during WW2 at Great Yarmouth and Borstal, coding messages for the Navy and reading the weather reports transmitted in code to all Navy ships. After the War, she moved to Zambia with her husband to found the Central African Mail newspaper, and wrote the first personal advice column in Africa. Read the full article here: Barbara lives in Camberwell and has a Link Age Southwark volunteer befriender visiting her weekly.