You can take the man out of Yorkshire... as they say... and I moved to Cumbria in 1992, taking up residence in our current house in Hallthwaites in 1995. Kath and I have lived here ever since with occasional spells of working away in the UK and overseas. My work has been mainly as a geologist and engineer in a varied range of professional roles within my own business with a few sideline occupations along the way. In 2014 I made my most dramatic career change when we bought, renovated and then, with the aid of some brilliant local people, ran The Punch Bowl Inn at The Green for five years.
Since retiring as a publican I've enjoyed the freedom to explore a few new sidelines including the growing of vegetables and a rekindled acquaintance with the sport of cycling, to which I am inherently ill-suited but strangely drawn.
Roles within the Community
The Punch Bowl Inn was at the centre of community life and we played a full role in village events, hosting many Village Hall and Out & About meetings, as well as supporting the development work for the Community Plan. I was invited to join the Steering Committee for the Community Plan and later went on to a lead role in working through the issues and challenges of broadband and mobile phone service that some of the parish faces, a role I have continued since joining the council.
I love the natural environment that we enjoy in our little part of the world and preserving and protecting it is important to me. Equally important is maintaining the strength and viability of our community, which is a real community of residents who live, work, raise families and grow old here. In order to keep the community thriving we need to manage change but also allow it to happen; be that improving facilities and services or helping to make sure people have jobs, homes and means of transport. I can play my part within the Parish Council by taking an holistic approach to community development and the challenges and opportunities which face us.
Co-opted April 2020