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Jane Brierley

From Jim Brierley: Jane left this life on Thursday last, surrounded by her family. Please feel free to add your memories of Jane and her life, they will be treasured by us all, and we will gain comfort from them... 2 May 2021


From Linda Carter: Your lovely cards! Great nights of music at yours, many music nights here at mine, sleep well. 2 May 2021


From Lynda Potts: Remembering; charity shop crawls, sitting in the launderette eating Waites steak pie, dancing at the Trades, Jane being brave and getting on a train with me (she was frightened there might be zombies), doing Riverside, Jane teaching me batik and felting and giving me a love of textiles, sitting in her studio drinking coffee and doing creative stuff, taking our GCSE maths and passing, spending New years eve with Jane and Jim, Jane's Yorkshire sense of humour, sharing a scratch card and making the fun last, just to mention a few memories among many. Eventually we moved quite a way from each other, but all these lovely memories remain close. 2 May 2021


From Sylvie Bellet You were a friend but deep in my heart you were a sister, one rare person with whom I felt totally free to be me because of your acceptance of others as they were. Another thing I admired in you was your love for your family and your dedication to the community; I have met very little people with such a sense of the common good. I am grateful today to have memories of precious moments spent with you, Jim's birthday in Le Theil with you two and Pam and Malcolm, fish and ships and music in Orne, our common passion for creation and your expression about your love of crochet. "I eat wool" you said; an afternoon with you and Brigitte by a very cold winter day and you tasting very politely the biscuits I had made, hard as stones; I still remember the concentration on your face as you were obviously wondering what to say about them not to hurt me and how it all ended in uncontrollable laughter.

I remember too your love of your garden and the hundreds of daffodils and all the trees you planted in your garden in Le Theil. Brigitte has had an idea you would love: she and I are going to plant an apple tree in her garden for you. These are just some of the memories I have with you, there are many more, and I feel rich to have them. Thank you my very dear Jane.  3 May 2021


From Dorothy Pearson Remember Jane in her youthful years, visiting Canley College to spend time with her then boyfriend Jim Brierley. Jim and Jane, were as well matched to one another as the ease of saying their names. A perfect match indeed.

They both were great friends to me, who you could relax, and spend time with. Very genuine people. Love them both to pieces.

Those early years Jane and I would attend Jim's gigs, and would take an active role in getting people up to dance, we also spent time around the pin ball machine and table football.

I remember once visiting Jane's parents home, which was absolutely amazing and immaculate. Jane didn't seem to feel too comfortable there, preferring a more relaxed way of life. I can see her now sneaking a smoke on the patio, and then wafting away the evidence just like most young people do.

She was lovely, and inspiring always following some artistic project or another.

She took this artistic flair with her setting up home for them both in Hebden Bridge where she gave birth to 2 lovely daughters, who we met when visiting with our baby son.

Latterly, Jane and Jim moved to France when Victoria and Catherine were grown up. I never did get to see their pad in France, but do hope they enjoyed those years.I can't imagine anything else for them since they were a perfect match.

Jane, I know you are going to be badly missed, but I believe we will all meet again someday.

Love and God bless,

Dorothy (Dot Bates)   3 May 2021


From Julie Ordish Lovely lady, who didn't suffer fools gladly. Always made you feel good. I have a lovely memory of Jane, getting up and singing Echo Beach with me at a friend's birthday party, saying to me she doesn't often get up and sing, and we did the swinging arms as we sang. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time xxx 3 May 2021


From Hayley Shaw Very fond memories of Jane, being on the Outazeds bus, her reading bed time stories to my children, learning how to take cuttings, and make curry, sitting around a bonfire together, dancing at parties/ bars/ places. All my love to you all xxxxx 3 May 2021


From Allan Martin I moved to Hebden Bridge in 1992 primarily to join a band. Jim was recruited as the drummer shortly afterwards and we formed a good, tight rhythm section immediately and became good friends too. Jim and Jane came very much as a pair and I grew close to them both, just as likely to find myself in hysterics over something daft with Jane or a deep musical conversation with Jim. They became like family to me, big brother and sister if you will.

So many happy memories of the Riverside festivals, drinks in The Nutty, parties at The Trades, gigs, jam sessions and rehearsals and always a warm welcome at their home (so long as you didn’t interrupt Casualty) along with Catherine and Vicky and Mitzy and Rosie. Jane was a great friend, always supportive and real but I also got to witness what a terrific wife and mother she was too.

My very sincere condolences to all the family. Rest in peace, Jane. 4 May 2021


From Jenny Hopper (new Poole) I remember Jane first at Canley teacher training college where she used to come over from Rugby to see Jim. They were more of my boyfriend's (later to become my husband) friends but we caught up again when they came to live in Long Eaton where we I got to know Jane a lot more. They were very supportive when Alan left me. Jane didn't stand for any nonsense but was very caring and stood up for what she believed was fair and right. I loved how she shared her babies and even when they left for Hebden Bridge I was made very welcome especially for the girls birthdays in January. 

I've just remembered her dressed up on the narrowboat to take grockles to Walkley Clogs.

We haven't seen them much in later years but we did managed to see her and Jim in France once when my daughter was young and they came to see my morris team when we were dancing near them.

I remember her at the end of February trying to work out how many actual birthdays she would have had (her birthday being 29th) and I would look forward to her homemade Xmas card. I also think of her when I look at the back of tapestry on kneeling cushions in a church to see if they came from Hebden Bridge and I wonder if she'd designed the patterns.
Love to all her family. 4 May 2021


From Lynda Gardner Gentle but Strong that’s who I remember Jane as. Admiration and adoration for her husband and daughters and beautiful grandchildren. Non judgmental Jane could hold a conversation with anyone and make them feel better. Creating something from thin air with beautiful results and Would always have A craft project going on.

The last time we saw Jane and Jim, Jane gave us the most beautiful gift. She had made a duvet cover from all of our children’s clothing she had collected while they were young and outgrown them. They are all adults now and our granddaughters sleep under this special gift when they stay.It means so much more now .

You never did get to teach me how to make that great curry Jane, but we had many laughs and sometimes tears, many good memories to hold close and be thankful for 
RIP Jane Xxxxx 4 May 2021


From Andy and Teresa I have many happy memories of band practice at Jane and Jims place in France. The highlight was always the break for 'eats'. Whether it was a home made curry, pizza or a cup of tea and cake we were all very glad to have whatever Jane had cooked for us.

For the band she was our number one dancer. Always the first to get up and boogie (and very often the only one!!) However, she was also our number one critic and one look or comment from her we knew that we should never play that particular song again!

I only knew Jane and Jim from living in France and I know that they had a large and varied group of friends over there and Jane will be missed by all of them. We had a lot of fun over the years and we  have some very happy memories that we should cling onto and not forget.
Love to all the family xx


From Chris and John Elliott We first met Jane (and Jim) in Normandy, France through a mutual friend called Aileen. We were all addicted to finding and selling treasures, and boot sales were our meeting places! We moved south and Jim helped us with our settling in. We aways called in to Vide Fleure en-route to UK and and always had a great time. Those times were missed when they moved back to UK to be with the family. A few years later that is exactly what we have done too, both realising the importance of family. Our thoughts and love go out to Jim and all the family. Sending love.


From Brian Evans: Hi There, Jim should remember this one well. One evening at at a certain address at Newcombe Road in Coventry, Jane got severely pissed off at Urco (guitarist at the time) and ended up going outside into the garden and putting a beer crate straight through the window onto the back of his head!

Poor old Urco didnt know what had happened as he sat there with a crate on his head and glass everywhere. You had to be there. We all just pissed ourselves laughing. These are the sort of things Jane got up to in her twenties!

If I can find an early photo i'll upload it as and when. Jane will be severly missed as she was definitely one of a kind and a great fun person. 14 May 2021


From Julie Cockburn: My strongest memory of Jane is arriving at their place in France and being welcomed on the big south facing doorstep by Jane, a pile of hens, cats, one very fierce one, and dogs. 

This was Jane in her element. They moved to France after coming over to Montamy for my 50th where Jim played the drums. They then bought their house near Vassey, and moved over from Unity street in Hebden. 

Unfortunately shortly after they lost their roof along with the rest of the region in a huge storm, at the turn of the millennium. Nothing daunted them and with the support of local friends they moved into the annexe and eventually got their roof repaired.

When it was all sorted it was with Jane's quirky design and input throughout. Jane started trading treasures they found at the Vide grenier (empty your barn). And Emmaus. Which later turned into Jane's business of selling collectables and antiques back in England. 

I like to picture them both at the house in France with the orchard mowed, a full veg patch, the animals, and the house all complete. 14 May 2021


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