FORMER magistrate, social worker and school governor, Audrey Glenny, has died aged 92.

Born in Dalston, London, in 1927, Mrs Glenny was educated at the City of London School.

In 1947, she attended Girton College, Cambridge, to study English, and in 1950, she became one of the first of a cohort of women to be awarded a degree.

She also represented the university in fencing, and completed a post-graduate diploma in social science at London University, before spending a year in Canada working as a prison social worker.

She met her husband, Tom Glenny, in 1951, and married in 1952 ­— subsequently moving to the IW.

The couple had four children — Georgina, Guy, Tobie and Bella.

Mrs Glenny was committed to addressing issues of social need through unpaid voluntary work.

She was involved in setting up and acting as secretary of a women's family planning clinic ­— an area of need not provided by local health authorities at the time ­— and later became the association chairman.

She soon became involved in setting up and running a marriage guidance counselling service.

She was a member of the board of visitors at Parkhurst prison, and was a regular prison visitor.

In 1971 she was invited to become a justice of the peace, and spent 16 years as a magistrate.

She was a member of the courts' committee, a deputy chairman of the IW Magistrates' bench and juvenile panel, and chairman of the IW branch of the Magistrates' Association.

On her retirement, she was recognised by her peers for her down to earth and logical approach to issues, sharp sense of humour, and her awareness of the problems of life faced by vulnerable members of society.

Mrs Glenny later helped run a cafe/soup kitchen for those in need, and was actively involved in running the Abbeyfield elderly people's home in Ryde, ultimately becoming the chair.

She was a Ryde School governor and an active supporter and worshipper at the Church of the Holy Cross in Binstead.

Her hobbies included swimming in the Solent, reading, theatre and the arts.

She moved to Oxford for the last three years of her life, to be closer to her family, and leaves her children and six grandchildren.

Her funeral will take place at the Church of the Holy Cross, Binstead, on Friday, January 31, at 2pm.

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