The nine to five routine of many years no longer influences my days but they are still full of activity and interest.
Being a School Governor, at Church Lane Sleaford, requires time and commitment and I also support the principle of Hospice Care, fundraising for
St Barnabas, who provide care throughout Lincolnshire. As a non playing Chairman I am privileged to be associated with musicians who use their skill to entertain, facilitate the raising of thousands of pounds for charities and provide great musical opportunities to many.
Jayne is the Vice-Chairman of the band. She takes
responsibility for the day to day running of the band and matters of
administration, she has recently handed over the Concert Band after 15 years but
still undertakes admin tasks regards the Training Band and Miller Magic
and is also the Band Librarian. Although Jayne is not a playing member of the
band, she has made the organisation of the band her own. She recently took up
the challenge of learning to read music and is learning to play the Alto Sax,
albeit very slowly.....
Jayne was awarded the MBE in the 2013 New Years Honours List for services to Sleaford Concert Band, music in Sleaford and communities in North Kesteven.
72 years young. I was married to my wonderful wife Jackie for 48
years but sadly she passed away in November 2018 I have three wonderful
children and four delightful grandchildren. Spent 17 years as a military
musician in the Rhine Staff Band Royal Tank Regiment, left in 1979 and went
into local government. Over the next 33 years I had various roles
including Chief Officer for Leisure and Arts with the London Borough of
Sutton. I ran a theatre for three years and was responsible for fundraising
for large projects. From 1999 to 2001 I was Millennium Officer for
Crawley Borough Council, during which time I started the Crawley Millennium
Concert Band. From 2006 until I retired in 2011 I was fundraiser for Brambles
Respite Care Centre for people with advanced Multiple Sclerosis. During
his time I managed to raise in excess of £350,000 for this wonderful
charity. Jackie and I moved to Lincolnshire in October 2011 and now
live in the lovely village of Potterhanworth. I joined Sleaford Concert
Band in October 2011 and love it!!