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Dame Grace Mary Thyrza Kimmins, DBE (née Hannam; 1871 – 3 March 1954) was described in Punch (volume 156, 9 April 1919) as ... in her quiet practical way is probably as good a friend as London ever had, a description for the driving force behind the Guild of Play and the Guild of the Poor Brave Things.
She became a Wesleyan deaconess and worked in both the Methodist West London Mission and the Bermondsey Settlement, where she moved in 1895. In 1897, she married Charles William Kimmins. She was active in the foundation and continuance of charitable foundations, particularly those concerned with children's play and the welfare of poor and disabled children. She founded, caused to be founded or was involved in the Methodist West London Mission, Bermondsey Settlement, Chailey Heritage, Guild of Play, and Guild of the Poor Brave Things. She also was a writer.
She was made CBE in 1927 and promoted DBE in 1950.
Grace and Charles Kimmins had two sons:
- Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Charles Hannam Kimmins (1899-1979)
- Anthony Martin Kimmins (10 November 1901 – 19 May 1964), actor, director and producer
She died in Haywards Heath Hospital on 3 March 1954, aged 83.
- Kimmins, Grace; Pearse, F. Mabelle (Illustrator) (1899). Polly Of Parker's Rents. Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 1437225772.
- Kimmins, Grace (1928). Songs from the Plays of William Shakespeare with Dances. Novello and Co. ASIN B0000CY6X3.
- Kimmins, Grace (1948). Heritage Craft Schools and Hospitals, Chailey, 1903-1948. Baynard. ASIN B001ORGKQQ.
- Kimmins, Grace (6 Jan 2010). The Guild of Play Book of Festival and Dance (PT.1). Unknown. ISBN 1152560425.[note 1]
- Kimmins, Grace (6 Jan 2010). The Guild of Play Book of Festival and Dance (PT.2). Unknown. ISBN 1152683063.[note 1]
- Kimmins, Grace (1 August 2012). Peasant Dances of Many Lands. Lightning Source UK Ltd. ISBN 1290484570.[note 1]
- "Dame Grace Kimmins, A Remarkable Woman". Sussex Express & County Herald (Lewes, Sussex). 5 March 1954. p. 9. Retrieved 2014-08-10 – via The British Newspaper Archive.
- "grace thyrza hannam kimmins Related Products at". Tower Books. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
- "Survey of the Papers of Senior UK Defence Personnel, 1900-1975 - KIMMINS, Sir Brian Charles Hannam (1899-1979), Lieutenant General". King's College London Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
- Anthony Kimmins profile at IMDb
- Posthumous publication
- "Botches" (Scroll down to find "Botches")
- Chailey 1914-1918
- Chailey Heritage Hospital
- Chailey Heritage School Remembers Queen Mother
- Heritage Craft School in Chailey
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