I fell in love with Shaftesbury when stopping for lunch on a journey from London to Devon twelve years ago and feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful town. I soon became involved with various local associations and am now a Trustee and committee member of Shaftesbury Town Twinning, a member of the Fairtrade group and Secretary of the Parochial Church Council at St James’s Church. I help to administer my Grammar School Reunion Association in Tavistock, for which I produce an annual magazine. Now retired, my working life has been mainly secretarial, in various companies including legal and public relations. Having brought up three sons on my own, I can appreciate what younger people need and like to be involved in projects which will benefit future generations.