Zoe Ainsworth-Grigg was born in Staffordshire in 1946 ( maiden name Zoe Grigg). She met her husband Dr. Eric John Browning in 1958 when he became a boarder while living with her family at 69 Church Street, Cannock Staffs.( Her mother
Ivy Muriel Warwick had connections with Quakers having been apprenticed before the war to the American Quaker Family, (The Foyles in London). The Foyles returned to USA when war broke out and at that time everything was changed. Her mother was a qualified
artist and her father Geoffrey Walter Grigg was an engineering draughtsman. They both worked as draughtsmen at GEC ,which was a reserved occupation during the war. And Ivy also drove an ambulance when there was an airaid. After the war they formed a
business called Warwick Drapers Ltd with Zoe's grandmother Mrs M Warwick . Her mother remarried in the 1960's to William Lionel Peter Rogers ( Company Secretary of Cautolds Ltd)
Zoe has a natural brother Warwick John
Zoe and Eric were married in 1965
They had three children, Nigel, Tim and Elizabeth
Zoe and Eric divorced in
Before marriage Zoe worked as chief cashier at Martins Bank in Stafford ( Manager Mr Cripwell). During her marriage Zoe worked for The Office of Population Census and Surveys as a freelance interviewer. She also volunteered as the treasurer of
the Family Planning Association. She also studied with the Open University for a Humanities degree, taking an interest in art history and literature a life long interest.
Zoe has always taken voluntary positions to help in the community.
moved to London in 1983 to live with her parents at Colherne Court, London, SW5 she later moved to a flat in Eardley Crescent, Earl's Court, London.
She has a brother Warwick John Grigg who owns the company www.telanova.com
and a half sister Penny S Stephens (nee Rogers)
She met John A Ainsworth in 1989, They lived together as partners in Ealing W5 until 2000 when they married. They both became Quaker attenders in 1990. They are happily married and now live in Somerset.
John has a son and a daughter from his previous marriage and five grandchildren.
Zoe worked in London on a temping basis at The Science Museum, and The British Medical Association ( 1 year), before a permanent job in the Central Office of Information
where she worked for nine years. She retired from there on medical grounds having had an invasive operation on her left shoulder which caused massive pain issues.
(recently a MRI scan revealed a hitherto unknown large benign tumour resting on
a nerve in her shoulder.)
She then worked part time at RADICLE, a charity based at Diocesan House, London.(2 years)
During this time Zoe still volunteered as a neighbourhood mediator.
She and her husband then retired to Somerset in 2002
and she then worked for Mediation Somerset in the office and also as a mediator.
During her lifetime Zoe has been a prolific writer and artist. She qualified in PC ArtTherapyskills. and also took a Diploma with the University of London in Psychoanalytic
Zoe still tries to support community organisations on a voluntary basis and enjoys her art work.
She has fundraised for a charity called
circa £20000 of much needed seed money.
This charity was started by a Quaker in Ilminster and Zoe still supports it through www.giveasyoulive.com
Latterly she has raised circa
£2000 for Taunton Library and has invested in CICCIC Taunton in a bond.
John and Zoe are members of the Green Party and work for a greener planet to combat climate change. They also support Grandparents for a safe earth.