My wife Eileen and I moved to North Leigh in November 2008. Both born in Northumberland we lived in Pontefract, West Yorkshire from 1964 when, as an Industrial Chemist I worked for a company producing specialty chemicals and equipment for the world timber industry. I travelled extensively in Europe and Africa in a commercial/technical role until I retired in 1997.
I then became active in a number of public and community groups in Pontefract and West Yorkshire;
I was Chairman of Age Concern Wakefield, and served as a Governor at a Special Needs school, three Primary schools and a High School in Pontefract. As an Elected Member of Wakefield Met. District Council I served on the Planning and Adoption Committees. I was Deputy Cabinet Member for Social Care and Housing and a Director of Wakefield and District Housing. I was also a Trustee of various community groups in Pontefract and a Sidesman at the Parish Church.
Since settling in North Leigh I have concentrated on being a grandfather, reorganizing our house and garden, playing bowls at Hanborough and short-mat bowls at North Leigh, singing with Eynsham Choral Society, being a member of the War Memorial Committee and helping out with the Nor’Lye News.