Pamela is a born and bred Londoner having lived in Finchley and Hornsey, north London, as a young child. Pamela and her twin brother spent some time in Devon and attended 15 different schools due to the disruption of the war but has spent the rest of her life in London.

As a young woman, Pamela always wanted to be a professional singer although she had to supplement her income with temporary secretarial jobs at lots of different companies. She was thrilled to get a place in the London Philharmonia Chorus which gave her the opportunity to sing all over the world. She was once a backing singer for Pavarotti and has even sung for the Pope.

She discovered UStSC when she was volunteering as a welcomer at Southwark Cathedral and was helping out at the Thomas Cure Service. She was encouraged to apply for an almshouse as her existing accommodation had become very unsuitable with 17 internal stairs which Pamela was struggling to manage.

Pamela was delighted to be offered her one bedroom ground floor almshouse at Hopton Gardens. She is the first single woman to move to Hopton’s as the scheme was previously restricted to men only. Pamela says she adores the garden and would love to learn more about the history of Hopton’s.

I’m very pleased I’m here. My visitors think it’s marvellous