By Joe Wayte
Jill was born in Hurstpierpoint and during the course of her life has lived in various places around East and West Sussex, including Haywards Heath and Crowborough, before settling in Cuckfield with her husband, Mark, in 1991.
As the youngest of five siblings, Jill had a father older than those of her peers, and when he became ill she was required to leave school and go to work. “I told the headmaster,” Jill remembered, “and he told me I would make nothing of myself. Hmmph! The best he was prepared to do was to give me a reference for factory work, but I had other ideas!”
When Jill was at school girls weren’t encouraged, like they are in current times, to aspire to things in the same way as men. She considered nursing but with the pay being so low she wasn’t satisfied. “My dad had bought a touch typewriting course for me when I was 13,” she reminisced. “I still remember the name as it was so funny to me at the time – Willy Scheidegger - but typing proved to be pivotal for my career.” On completion of her first test Jill clocked 40 words per minute. On completion of her second and final test she was up to 70 words per minute and realised this was something to pursue.
This article was taken from the July 2018 issue of the Cuckfield Life magazine