The early history of the Jollans family, as far as my grandfather and grandmother, William and Rachel Jollans, is recorded on the previous page. This page moves on to the next generation, the children of William and Rachel Jollans and their families. There were four children, Peggy, Christine, Bill and Lewis, all of whom went on to have children of their own, who are still living. To date there are 12 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. One of their granchildren is himself now a great grandfather. This website includes only limited information on members of the family who are still living but most members of the family can be contacted through the 'Contact Us' page.
Bill, Christine, Peggy and Lewis Jollans
Margaret Baron Jollans, known as Peggy, was the first child of William and Rachel Jollans, born in 1917. She grew up in
Peggy and Alfred Rymer lived initially in
Peggy with Stephen
Christine Elizabeth Jollans, the second child of William and Rachel Jollans, was born in 1921. She grew up in
Christine and Peter Neale had three children, all girls, and moved back to
Bill Jollans was born in 1924 in Scotter in
After the army he trained as a civil engineer, working for Binnie, Deacon and Gourley in London, and also trained as a Methodist local preacher. He married Joan Osbourn in 1951 in Fulham and almost immediately after getting married they moved up to live in Caithness in the far north of Scotland, where Bill worked for Binnies on a large dam project on Loch Calder. He was then offered the job as Water Engineer for Caithness and he and Joan spent the next ten years in Caithness, living in Halkirk and having five children, all boys, one of whom died shortly after birth.
In 1962 he moved to a new job as Chief Engineer for the Huddersfield Corporation Water Works in Yorkshire, living at Lake House by Blackmoorfoot Reservoir, and leading another major dam building project that created a new reservoir at Scammonden. The M62 motorway built at the same time, runs along the top of the dam, and this presented some major engineering challenges - the first time that a dam had ever been used as a motorway embankment in Britain. It was opened by the Queen in 1971 and turned out to be one of the last big dams built in Britain.
When the water industry was reorganised in 1973 creating the new Yorkshire Water Authority, Bill became its first Director of Operations, based in Leeds and after his family had grown up and left home, he and Joan moved to Guiseley on the edge of Leeds, where they lived for the next 30 years or so at Springroyd on Coach Road. He became President of Leeds Rotary Club, and as everywhere else he had lived, playing a major part in the life of the local church.
After retirement in 1987, he worked for the charity Water Aid, including work on simple water engineering schemes in
Throughout his life, Bill had an unfailing optimism and was always convinced, not only that everything would work out well, but that he was the luckiest of people with so much to be thankful for.
Joan Jollans was born in 1920 as Joan Osbourn, the second daughter of Frank and Isabell Osbourn, living in London Colney in Hertfordshire. Her mother died when she was 11 and her older sister Olive was 16. After school she worked for the Inland Revenue in
In 1962 the family moved to
She also entered local politics, getting elected as a Liberal candidate to Meltham Council and before long becoming Chairman of the Council. When it was abolished under local government reorganisation in 1973, she was elected to Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council, where she was for a time leader of the Liberal group on a council dominated by the Labour party. This was serious politics, not as much to her taste as the local Meltham council, and she retired after one term.
Perhaps her best love though was Inner Wheel, the organisation for wives of Rotarians. She was first newsletter editor for Huddersfield Inner Wheel and then President for a year. After moving to Guiseley in 1978 she joined Leeds Inner Wheel and became President of that as well, before turning her attention to national level, becoming National Bulletin Editor and for many years going to National Inner Wheel Conference.
Although she abandoned her own career to get married and raise a family, Joan was never happy just to be a wife and mother or to play a subservient role. In Inner Wheel as in the Church and in local politics, she didn’t just get involved, she succeeded in reaching leadership positions, in some cases in roles where few women had succeeded before.
After Bill’s retirement, Joan and Bill travelled a good deal, on Water Aid trips, Rotary exchange visits, family visits and just to see the world, visiting
John Lewis Jollans was the fourth child of William and Rachel Jollans, born in 1925 in Scotter in
The family returned to
Lewis with Sally, June 1955