Miss Ann Birch

Member, Community Services Committee


11 Lady Godley Close
SP9 7RY 

Tel - 01980 843341


I have been connected with Tidworth since 1945 but my family connection dates back to 1909.  As a result of this I attended the village school, shopped at the Tin Market, went to the Electric and Hippodrome cinemas and even travelled to Ludgershall by train!  All of these disappeared as the village developed into a town and these changes were responsible for my interest in Tidworth and resulted in my becoming a Councillor.  This occurred as we were changing from a Parish to a Town Council, which was an historic time for Tidworth.

I have made an effort to show an interest in many aspects of Tidworth life.  The two groups in which I have been involved, Heritage and Environment (now Community Services), reflect my interest in the people of the Town and its history.  I have visited many groups of different ages, and support them whenever possible.  I was surprised and pleased to learn of the number of groups there are in the town.

My greatest interest is in recording and, wherever possible, maintaining the history of the Town.  It was in 2003 that I approached the then Parish Council to conserve the Mortuary Chapel, in Church Lane, which was one of the last of our historic sites.  Since then the Council has taken on the responsibility of this interesting building.  Another result of my interest is that I have been able to help families when they have contacted the Council regarding their own Family History searches.  Before we became a town we were referred to as 'the oldest village in England& #39;.  Pride in our history is reflected in our Town Crest with the inclusion of the cross of Edward the Confessor.  With such a long history behind us and exciting future developments it seems that being a Tidworth Town Councillor will continue to be an interesting experience.