I found Miss Dave hard to know and it was not till many years later that I did come to know her really well. When I first went to the Community she was fully taken up with her new position as a Director and I found her curiously forbidding and inhibited and very difficult to talk to. She was, I think, very much feeling her way in her new role and was uncertain and in a way, inexperienced in meeting with people except in connection with entirely practical problems. I did in time make contact with her and discovered she could be a delightful companion with a wide variety of interests and with sterling qualities which really came to the fore in the war years we spent in Dorset and later when we returned to Kent and she really blossomed into what I can only describe as a 'genius' with disturbed adolescent girls. She also became a first-class detective who would have risen to the heights in Scotland Yard.

 

 

The other person who I think reaped some pleasure from mending boys' pants, girls' navy knickers, vests, jerseys, blouses could have been Miss Dave who genuinely liked mending and renovating and was an expert in this field.

 

Elizabeth Lloyd, "Story of a Community"