Rose… a gift of a rose plant, a little care and another rose came into bloom, and there is another. Sadness yet fond memories and the significance of the name Rose, especially two people named Rose, in my life.

Facebook. I can’t really understand it. A picture appeared “asking me to be a friend” of a very dear friend of mine named Rose. Much illness and an “outside the box” kind of life, I have lost track of good friends, and I do feel ashamed for this. I have photos in prominent places in my home but as I do not use the phone, I have lost track. I then Googled Rose Taylor. It was her obituary from the newspaper where she was a journalist. I have been weeks now hiding the extreme sadness I feel and the regrets too. This piece is my contribution to Rose and as Rose knew my mum very well, I include this piece poetry written by Johnnie Neylon in 1977 about my mum. The poem can be found if you search my blog under Poetry.

But if I’m laid where beauty grows,
My dust may sprout a lip-red Rose,
For in this life some earthly power,
Deprived me of that sweetest flower,
I feel my soul would find repose
If God would let me have that Rose.

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Rose Taylor

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Charity: Rose Taylor (third from right) interviewing leprosy-affected people in Mozambique

Zoë Bunter writes:

ROSE TAYLOR, who died on 3 October, aged 62, after a short illness, spent her last years working with the Leprosy Mission England and Wales in Peterborough.

She was born in Mumbai and came to the UK in 1972. Her first job in journalism was on the Saffron Walden Reporter. From there, she went on to hold senior posts in Royston, on the Cambridge News, and the Gloucester Echo, before joining the Peterborough Evening Telegraph in 2005, where she was a very successful news editor.

After a stint at the Aberdeen Press and Journal, Rose returned to Peterborough, working as a reporter for various local newspapers, before taking a post at the University of Bedfordshire. She was a committed journalist, who was also a great supporter of local community groups and charitable causes.

Most recently, Rose’s considerable talents were put to great use at the Leprosy Mission. Her last work assignment was a trip to the Cabo Delgado region of Mozambique, one of the most leprosy-affected parts of the country.

Rose spent eight days in Mozambique, meeting people affected by leprosy, and visiting projects which had been funded through the charity’s “Feet First” campaign in 2015. On her trip, Rose met some of the people who had been provided with protective sandals through Feet First.

Rose’s trip to Mozambique touched her deeply. Before she died, she said: “I am so pleased to have had the chance to see the work of the Mission for myself. It made all the work I have been doing back in Peterborough much more real. I am so pleased I had the chance to meet the people we are helping. It has been a real blessing.”

Michelle adds….I needed a place to stay, after my marriage ended; it was Rose who said come to Saffron Walden and sleep on my couch, which I did for many weeks, if not months. Many times over the years Rose came to Ireland and she would always prepare an Indian meal, lots of preparation time but absolutely superb.


Tributes to former PT news editor Rose

Tributes have been paid to former Peterborough Telegraph News Editor Rose Taylor who died this week.

By The NewsroomMonday, 10th October 2016, 4:20 pmUpdated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 5:53 pm

Rose with colleagues Kerry Coupe and Rachel Pishhorn during her time at the Mercury.

Rose, 62, died at Thorpe Hall Hospice on Monday (October 3) after a short battle with cancer surrounded by family and friends including her son Chris.

Rose was known throughout the city after joining the then Peterborough Evening Telegraph in 2005 and fast building a reputation as a committed journalist who was also a great supporter of local community groups and charitable causes.

Peterbrough Telegraph Editor Mark Edwards said: “Rose was not just an immensely respected colleague she was a great personal friend. Sponsored Links Recommended by For every purchase of a Double Serum Eye, get your anti-age cream trial a mini mascara. Read More Clarins The Most Successful Solicitors in Ireland – See The List Solicitors | Sponsored Listings

Rose Taylor

“She was absolutely passionate about the paper, local journalism and, in particular, supporting campaigns and good causes.

“She was so well known in many communities and organisations across the city and would frequently give many hours of her own time to support events. She was liked and respected in equal measure by many. many people.

“Her great strength was developing young reporters and there are many careers that got of to a great start thanks to her support and advice.”

Rose was born in Mumbai and came to the UK in 1972. Her first job in journalism was on the Saffron Walden Reporter and from there she went on to hold senior roles in Royston, on the Cambridge News and the Gloucester Echo before she came to Peterborough in 2005.

Rose Taylor

After a successful stint as news editor she took up a content management role on the Aberdeen Press and Journal before returning to Peterborough. She edited the Cambridge First weekly newspaper before becoming a communicationes executive at Bedford University and latterly taking on a role at the Leprosy Mission based in Orton Goldhay. Rose also worked at the Stamford Mercury, Rutland Times and Bourne Local.

North West Cambs MP Shailesh Vara said: “It’s a great loss for all of us. Rose was a good soul in every sense of the word and a fine journalist who was passionate about Peterborough.”

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson said: “ I was very sad to learn of death of Rose.

“She was warm, kind, an old school professional journalist.”

A funeral service will be held at St Peter & All Souls Church, Geneva Street, Peterborough on Thursday, October 13 at 10.30am, followed by a reception in the parish hall.

Donations in lieu of flowers should be made to the Leprosy Mission of England and Wales via its website:

About michelleclarke2015

Life event that changes all: Horse riding accident in Zimbabwe in 1993, a fractured skull et al including bipolar anxiety, chronic fatigue …. co-morbidities (Nietzche 'He who has the reason why can deal with any how' details my health history from 1993 to date). 17th 2017 August operation for breast cancer (no indications just an appointment came from BreastCheck through the Post). Trinity College Dublin Business Economics and Social Studies (but no degree) 1997-2003; UCD 1997/1998 night classes) essays, projects, writings. Trinity Horizon Programme 1997/98 (Centre for Women Studies Trinity College Dublin/St. Patrick's Foundation (Professor McKeon) EU Horizon funded: research study of 15 women (I was one of this group and it became the cornerstone of my journey to now 2017) over 9 mth period diagnosed with depression and their reintegration into society, with special emphasis on work, arts, further education; Notes from time at Trinity Horizon Project 1997/98; Articles written for 2003/2004; St Patricks Foundation monthly lecture notes for a specific period in time; Selection of Poetry including poems written by people I know; Quotations 1998-2017; other writings mainly with theme of social justice under the heading Citizen Journalism Ireland. Letters written to friends about life in Zimbabwe; Family history including Michael Comyn KC, my grandfather, my grandmother's family, the O'Donnellan ffrench Blake-Forsters; Moral wrong: An acrimonious divorce but the real injustice was the Catholic Church granting an annulment – you can read it and make your own judgment, I have mine. Topics I have written about include annual Brain Awareness week, Mashonaland Irish Associataion in Zimbabwe, Suicide (a life sentence to those left behind); Nostalgia: Tara Hill, Co. Meath.
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