Joyce Cooper 1949-2018

We are very sad to announce that Joyce passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday 11 April after a short illness.  Joyce was born in Salford and moved to Portishead in 1986.  She was closely involved with the pool since the fight to save it from closure in 2008.  She took part in the televised makeover and was a life member of Portishead Pool Community Trust, a regular volunteer and management team member as well as being the second longest serving Trustee.  She  was also a dear friend and colleague for many of us and we will miss her so much.

Joyce’s funeral will take place on Thursday 3 May  at 3pm at Canford and afterwards at the Walton Park Hotel .  All welcome, but family flowers only.  Donations in Joyce’s memory can be made to Care International UK via F Halliday & Son,  Funeral Directors.

At their meeting this month, the Trustees agreed that we would like to make a fitting tribute to Joyce who contributed so much to the life of the Trust since its beginning.  We would like some form of memorial to her at the pool and we would welcome suggestions from members, volunteers and pool users – contact us at

The images below show Joyce as we remember her – always with a lovely smile or infectious chuckle!