Born Grantham 10 June 1935 .
Father Lawrence Towns, civil engineer
Mother Jeannie Stewart Howie, primary school teacher, violin and cello player
Step-father Clarence Frederick Maw, piano teacher
Brother Russell Towns
Step sisters Janet Maw, Anne Spring, Sue Wilson
Step brother Nicky Maw.
Half sister Selma Dredge
Half brothers Jules Cochrane (ex Julian Towns), Ashley Towns
Lived in Grantham, Wimbledon, Khartoum, Dundee, Grantham, Nottingham.
Teacher training (primary) at Kesteven Training College.
See a few early photos including Joy here.
Met Eric in September 1956 at Nottingham University Folk Dance Society.
Married 30 July 1960 to Eric. .
Son Angus born May 1962.
Son Rory born January 1964.
Son Hamish born July 1965.
Primary school teacher till 1985.
Studied Kathak Classical Indian Dance at Leicester and Nottingham under Nilima Devi (1981 onwards) then to India at Vadodora/Baroda (first visit 1985) under Janaki ben Damle .
Later trips to the Kadamb Centre For Dance and Music at Ahmedabad 1991 onwards under Kumudini Lakhia.
On her return to the UK in 1986 she became a peripatetic teacher of things Indian and multi-cultural around schools in Nottinghamshire and elsewhere.
Summaries of her other teaching duties are here .
Nowadays she spends a lot of time looking after Eric.
Some of her family tree is here.