Diana Self – An Appreciation

Posted on 15/8/2022

It is with great sadness that we report that Diana Self died on 22 June peacefully at her home.  She was 97.

Diana was a remarkable woman who made an enormous contribution to the Belsize Residents Association, now the Belsize Society.  Having moved to Lancaster Grove from Hampstead after her retirement, she joined the committee of the BRA in December 1990 and soon took responsibility for social events.  From 1996 to 2000 Diana chaired the society at a time when parking controls were being introduced, Belsize Village was pedestrianised and plans were made to redevelop the Swiss Cottage complex.  She remained on the committee, continuing to organise social events impeccably, until 2007.  For at least ten more years, Diana hosted new members lunches and meetings with councillors in her beautiful flat.  She was also always available to offer her wisdom and support.

Diana was very committed to neighbourliness and loved to create events to bring people together.  Some of you will remember that soon after you joined the association, Diana phoned to welcome you and invite you to a new members lunch.  And, as she had organising social events down to a fine art, everything she arranged was always a great success.  Diana will long be remembered for her warmth, generosity and commitment to Belsize.