After attending the full town meetings for just over a year, I decided to put my name forward as a volunteer. My initial reason for attending the meetings was to encourage the council to consider providing allotments. I started the ‘Dig for Tidworth’ Campaign on Facebook to encourage others to show their support. My interests have not been fixated purely on growing my own vegetables, but also on what allotments would bring to the town and its community as a whole. In an age where things move so fast allotments would act as a steady source of community spirit and local pride. All emotions that I feel are extremely important to conserve and foster. I am originally from Salisbury, and went to school and college there. Once finishing my education and apprenticeship in 2017, I became a self-employed carpenter. This was at the same time I moved to Tidworth. I was pleased to continue the family tradition and completed my apprenticeship with my father. I do all aspects of carpentry from traditional cut roofs to cabinetmaking, and from large site work to small domestic work. I find most satisfaction and enjoyment conserving and maintaining older properties, contributing to the history of a house and ensuring its longevity. When I am not working on historic buildings, I enjoy visiting them. As National Trust members my partner and I enjoy visiting the many great homes and gardens opened by the trust as often as we can, and bring our two young daughters, Esme and Ophelia along with us. The houses never fail to amaze us and we are grateful for the good work that the charity does. Horse racing is another hobby of mine. For the last eight years I have worked as a part time exercise rider for Seamus Mullins, the racehorse trainer, in the Woodfords. I enjoy being around the horses, as similar to dogs they have a great way of lifting one’s spirits. As a new member of the council I am extremely grateful with how welcoming the other councillors have been. It is a great pleasure to work alongside so many well minded community driven people and I look ahead to the future with much anticipation.