Our family moved to St Erth in April 2016 after relocating from Essex. We realised that it was time for my husband Mark, our son Ted and myself to move from a city with more prisons than art galleries to somewhere with a better quality of life.
Since joining the community 2 years ago we have taken many opportunities to contribute as best we can to the village. I was soon attending the weekly playgroup with Ted and it wasn’t long before I was supporting the running of it, before the lead stepped down and I ran it with a small group of other volunteers. This support included providing activities and welcoming parents and children and running the cake stall at the farmers’ market. Since Ted started at St Erth School in September I have been an active member of the Friends of the school. As a family we have attended the duck race, vintage bike ride, scarecrow event and had lights on our garden fence to add to the village Christmas display.
I currently work for Poppy Treffry, a small Cornish independent business retailing across the world where I work on an old Singer sewing machine to create beautiful bags along with managing her shop in St Ives. I also work at Tate in St Ives where I am a Visitor Experience Assistant. My husband Mark is also part of the Tate team as well as being a Librarian at St Ives Library.
Previous employment experience which demonstrates my love of people and community include:
• Chelmsford Borough Council Event Management – organising and programming free and heavily subsidised events such as ESSEXstreetdiversions, Mini Games Opening Ceremony and the 3foot People Festival (Britain’s biggest outdoor festival for under 5s). I co-wrote the Olympic Torch bid which was successful in bringing the Olympic Torch through the city in 2012. Supporting the network of local professional performers, venues and other creative businesses
• Development Director for Essex Book Festival – beginning the growth of the engagement programme for the EBF as it gained charitable status and left the Essex Library service. This involved supporting the partnerships between authors, performers, young people and creative businesses. I also worked with a volunteer to create a Friends of EBF group.
• Workshop Leader at Make, Do & Mend – teaching adults a range of skills including book binding, moustache shaped cushion making and quilting. I also took these workshops to the national Knitting & Stitching shows in Ally Pally and Olympia.
• Event Organiser at Just Imagine Story Centre – liaising with authors and schools and planning community literacy events.
To give a brief education history my first class BA (hons) is in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam and my MA with distinction is in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Arts.
I am very keen to continue to work for the local community and see becoming a Parish Councillor and working with the rest of the team as a natural next step.
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