I have been a local resident in Dibden Purlieu for the last 19 years, when I moved with my wife and young son, to start work in Southampton from East Sussex.
Since then our daughter was born in 2001 in the Hythe Hospital.
We love living here, being close to Southampton, Hythe and the New Forest.
Much of our time was spent doing the usual parent things, being a taxi service, standing on the touch line on a Saturday morning in all weathers at Clayfields or at Applemore for gym, swimming or dance classes and waiting at the school gate.
After living here for a while I decided that I ought to do more to contribute to the local community.
I started playing the organ and training the choir at All Saints, Fawley and after a few years doing that also took on a similar role at St John’s, Hythe.
I also perform locally supporting various charities.
I stopped working full time in 2017 having taught in schools for well over 30 years.
I now split my time between church work and teaching in the Southampton area.
I have always had an interest in political issues and like to follow current events locally, nationally and in the wider world.
I have become much more active in campaigning and consider that this is just the time to be be thinking about what sort of society we want to bequeath to the next generation.
I believe that to have a community were we can all live and work together effectively we all need to play a part in helping to achieve a fair, supportive and tolerant environment.