Memorial bench is tribute to Pat Major
Published on: 05 May 2015
SHE fought tirelessly to help others and now a lasting tribute to the work of Pat Major has been placed at the heart of the community she loved.
Pat was the driving force behind many of the improvements to the lives of people living on the Pendennis estate in Staple Hill.
She formed Staple Hill Residents’ Association with resident Doreen Sheppard, joining forces with local police and the council to bring about positive changes to the neighbourhood.
Among Pat’s many achievements was her fight against anti-social behaviour and setting up Our Place Community Flat at Berkeley House.
She also successfully negotiated payments for the community from Merlin Housing Association when a phone mast was placed on the roof of Berkeley House.
Sadly Pat, who lived at Haynes House, died on August 26, 2010 but her memory lives on in the hearts of the people she worked hard for.
To acknowledge her contribution, a memorial bench has been unveiled outside the community flat. Floral tributes were laid and speeches given by Mrs Sheppard and Staple Hill councillors Ian Boulton and Shirley Potts.
Guests included Pat’s daughter Lisa, 43, son Martin, 48, PCSOs and local trader Terry Sheen as well as residents.
Cllr Potts said: “Pat was a warm-hearted lady who worked hard to keep her community safe and to gain help to satisfy the needs of the local residents.
“She was never afraid to speak on behalf of people who were unable to speak for themselves.
“Pat has been greatly missed and the memorial seat which now stands at the centre of the community which she loved so much is a fitting tribute.”
Mrs Sheppard, 82, who lives in Berkeley House, founded the residents’ association with Pat: “Pat was born in Bedminster and moved to Staple Hill about 16 years ago.
“Because Pat and I did a lot of community work on the estate and worked with the PCSOs, the head of police put us in for a big award from the Home Office.
“We were taken to London by taxi and interviewed by media all the way up. We won the National Respect Award and £5,000. We put the money into starting up a community flat.
“Pat was involved with everything on the estate and anyone could to her flat at any time and they would be welcomed no matter who it was. She would try to help everyone and would give her last away. We worked lovely together and never had a bad word.
“She was a character and fought for things and would never give up despite being ill for a number of years.
“Pat’s name comes up often. I miss her, she was wonderful.”