Parish Council Projects
As Clerk to three Leicestershire parish councils, a recreation committee and a cemetery committee, I enjoyed working with committed, inspiring and creative people who believe in their community.
As a result I believe I have been able to play a part in making our villages happier places for future generations.
Here's a great community initiative - using the train to send your unwanted apple harvest to a social co-operative to be pressed into juice! Apples collected from every station along the route. A free service with volunteers working alongside Network Rail.
The land opposite my house is managed, not by a parish, town, district, borough or county council, but by a Court Leet. Court Leets were created by decree of the king who formally granted certain trusted lords with the legal authority to manage the tithings in the lord's manor.
The 'Forget-Me-Not Dementia Train' runs along a 17-mile route from Whitby in Yorkshire through the picturesque Castleton Moor to Middlesbrough.
Following the resignation of all members of the previous council as well as their clerk, the residents of Tugby & Keythorpe elected five new councillors, none of whom had previous parish experience.
In 2010/11, the villages of Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt and Smeeton Westerby became the focus of a groundbreaking new series for BBC Television written and presented by TV historian Michael Wood. I was privileged to have been able to work with his team on research and by organising the now-famous 'community dig' in which over fifty...
In 2018, I provided the research, text and colour photography for a heritage panel for the Lychgate at Billesdon & Rolleston Cemetery in Leicestershire.