George Shiffner, David Possee, David East and Jean Stock all have their names inscribed on a brass plaque arranged by Braintree Chamber of Trade & Commerce which has been placed on a wall in George Yard Shopping Centre. It honours these various notable personalities from the business and voluntary communities in the town.
Jean came to Braintree with her husband and two children, at the beginning of 1965. She played table tennis from the age of twelve and by the age of eighteen was playing in the ladies Premier Table Tennis team, then took up Tennis and Dancing. On coming to Braintree, Jean's husband became Captain of Crittall's Tennis Club and she became Match Secretary for 25 years.
During this time, Jean was a founder member of Notley High School PTA. After the death of her husband in 1981 she decided to take up Yoga with members of the MS Society from Chelmsford and Colchester – Jean had been diagnosed as suffering from MS when she was twenty-one years old but being very positive in outlook decided to carry on as if nothing had happened, tolerating the bad spells and living life to the full when she felt better.
In 1982 Jean decided that Braintree should have its own branch of the MS Society and the experience she had gained during her years as PTA Secretary proved very useful. She was asked to join the Social Services Development Committee in 1983, as one of their proposed projects was to provide a Day Centre for the physically handicapped in the area. After many meetings and many years, with a grant from the Spastics Society, the Tabor Centre was launched in 1990.
The Tabor Centre opened on 5th February 1990. Jean and Ray Turner, with the help of some volunteers, helped to clear an old workshop at the original Braintree High School ready for the opening. This year, 2011, the Tabor Centre had its' 21st Birthday and looks forward to many more years.
In October 2003 the Rotary Club of Braintree & Bocking organised a ceremony to recognise those who have given outstanding service to the Community and Jean was awarded "Citizen of the Year" as one of the instigators of the Tabor Centre together with Eileen & Ray Turner who were Highly Commended.
Sadly Jean lost her battle with MS and died in September 2005.
A database of Braintree Town Centre businesses is available here.
A plaque has been presented by Chamber to George Yard Shopping Centre, to put on public view. The plaque honours the contributions made by George Shiffner, David East, David Possee and Jean Stock to the town community.
The plaque was unveiled by Chair of Braintree District Council Cllr Janet Money on Saturday 15th October 2011.