Shirley Simmonds (1936-2018) was born on 18 May 1936 and grew up in Thongsbridge. After leaving school she trained as a teacher at Goldsmith’s College, London and whilst there she developed a love of the theatre which drew her back to London many times. As well as working as a teacher she volunteered for a number of charities including the Samaritans and Friend to Friend. Shirley loved travelling and visited a great many places including most of Europe and much of Asia and Africa. Shirley died on 29 May 2018, aged 82.