Born and bred in Ipswich with a lot of family ties in and around Debenham, I married Monica in 1971 and moved to Debenham for a more affordable property.
We lived there for 14 years where Katie and Adam were born, also born around the same time as Katie was Debenham Garage
Looking for a larger property, with very little we could afford in Debenham, we moved to Occold. I soon became involved with the school. Keeping it open was the first priority with 33 on the roll and rumours of small village schools being closed. Monica was treasurer and I was chairman of Friends of the School for quite a time. I served on ORAC for some years becoming vice chairman.
I was elected to the board of governors of the school and became chairman after 4 years, serving in this role for 9 years, seeing 3 extensions and 4 head teachers in this period. I was elected to Occold Parish Council whilst chair of governors. With all our three children having been educated at the school and moved on to Hartismere High I decided it was time to retire to make way for new parents. Around this time I was elected to be chairman of the Parish Council and have held this post for 9 years