I am 69 and have been a member of Stour Valley Wives since I was 23, soon after I was married. My three children, two boys and a girl, all live in different parts of the country. I have four young grandchildren and I babysit fairly regularly for days at a time.Although now retired, I trained as a secretary which, over the years, has been quite useful: I edit the village magazine and am fairly computer literate. I enjoy reading, gardening and crafts, I am also a beekeeper with a keen interest in wildlife. Music gives me immense pleasure. I sing, and enjoy concerts, the opera, ballet and the theatre. I enjoy travelling and worked for a while in Israel with the Foreign Office.
Wives Fellowship and, in particular, Stour Valley Wives is a very important part of my life. I have made lifelong friends within it and it has shared both times of joy and sustained me in times of trouble and grief, most recently following the death of my husband four years ago. I’ve been treasurer, programme secretary and chairman and have helped to organise our Autumn Conferences, Regional and Fellowship Days.