Joel Joffee Memorial

The Lord Joffe Memorial Tableau has been installed in Liddington Village Hall to commemorate the life of our inspiring Liddington Manor resident for 41 years who died at home on 18th June 2017 at the age of 85.  

Although it has taken the Parish Council some time organising this permanent memorial I think you will agree that the result is a fitting tribute.  It details Joel Joffe’s life and his world renowned achievements, internationally, nationally and those for Swindon and Liddington, from before he was the instructing solicitor for Nelson Mandela’s defence team at the Rivonia Trial in South Africa in 1963 through to June 2017. 

The opening ceremony was attended by many of his friends, relatives, former colleagues and local residents.  It was a moving event and a welcome opportunity to exchange memories with old friends and acquaintances

David Lomax, chairman of Liddington Parish Council, spoke about Joel’s modesty, warmth, friendliness and inspiration shown through his many connections and of the support he and Vanetta gave to the village.  

After thanking the PC for creating this tableau in memory of her husband and also for formally naming the public footpath through the Manor grounds from ‘The Street’ to ‘Ham Road’ to be ‘Joel Joffe Way’ , Lady Vanetta Joffe unveiled the tableau.

Special thanks go to Ruth Moore for her creative art and all the hard work that went into planning and designing the tableau and also for providing, with others, the light refreshments.

To Joel Goodman Joffe, a ‘truly GOOD MAN’, thankyou.

David Lomax, Chair of Liddington Parish Council
Some of the attendees
Vanetta Joffe, unveiling speech
Viewing the Memorial Display