Darby and Joan


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Darby and Joan

A devoted elderly couple leading an uneventful life. These paradigms of lengthy connubial bliss first appeared in an 1735 poem by the otherwise-forgotten Henry Woodfall; the Darby in question was the master to whom Woodfall had been a printer's apprentice. More distinguished authors who referred to the couple included Lord Byron, William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Henry James. And they also appear in Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's wistful ballad, The Folks Who Live on the Hill ballad: “We'll sit and look at the same old view / Just we two / Darby and Joan who used to be Jack and Jill . . .”
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To support High Spen Darby and Joan Club, send tokens to 4 Snowdon Terrace, High Spen, Rowlands Gill, NE39 2HB.
Money that the WRVS Colcot Darby and Joan Club receives will go towards paying for speakers, musicians and celebratory events for club members.
To send your tokens to the High Spen Darby and Joan Club, post them to 4 Snowdon Terrace, High Spen, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE39 2HB.
The Atherstone pensioner has been honoured for her unpaid devotion to the Dordon Darby and Joan Club, where she has been a stalwart volunteer for a remarkable 53 years.
Made In Clayton West - a bid to connect villagers - is hosting a drop-in day at the Darby and Joan club.
Every day WRVS volunteers help older people get more out of life and remain in their own homes with Darby and Joan clubs, delivering of meals on wheels, shopping service, home library service, community transport service, supporting communities during a crisis eg the 7/7 bombings.
She goes to Darby and Joan every week and has a drop of wine every day.
THE community spirit was kept alive in Clayton West when around 80 people attended the annual treat for pensioners at the Darby and Joan Hall.
A darby and Joan club is celebrating its 40th Anniversary.
Other smaller grants are expected to include pounds 100 for the Beausale Young at Heart Club, pounds 175 for Kenilworth Twin-ning Association, pounds 500 for the Friendship Project and pounds 100 for Whitnash Darby and Joan Club.
Clayton West Darby and Joan Club got a PS500 boost for new seating.
The members of the Rhoose Darby and Joan Club sat down for their traditional meal yesterday afternoon.
She was dedicated to her nursing career and had many local commitments, being well-known in the village as an active member of the local church and Women's Fellowship group, and was also involved in the Darby and Joan Club.
Sue Jenkinson has been volunteering for the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) for 27 years, running the Darby and Joan club for most of that time.
If you can manage to stay married for a couple of years, then you're practically Darby and Joan.