I have lived in Quorn all my life, our family going back several generations on my fathers side. I went to St. Bartholomew’s School (now the old School Community Building, Tea Shop and Library) and later Rawlins. I am married to Bill and have two grown up children – Mark and Aimee. My faith in God is the driving force in my life. I was an active member of Quorn Baptist Church and was a play group leader there, a job I greatly enjoyed until twenty six years ago when I became ill with ME.
I designed and planted the War Memorial Garden and have maintained it for the past twenty one years. I was also approached by the Parish Council and asked to give a planting plan, source the plants and oversee the planting of the Sensory Garden on the Stafford Orchard which I also looked after for three years.
My father Peter Gamble was a very keen naturalist and it would be hard growing up with a father so devoted to nature conservation without being interested in it yourself so my main interests on the council are conserving the small amount of green spaces we have left within the village. I’m very pleased that the PC bought Tom Long’s Meadow and think its development will be a huge benefit to wildlife within the village and a lovely peaceful spot to sit and listen to the birds and watch the wildlife.
I’m also interested in maximising the beauty of the cultivated areas within the village to make them beautiful to look at and also good for wildlife, the two are not mutually exclusive.
I’m Chairman of Quorn in Bloom and with support from the Parish Council the efforts of the Bloom group and other voluntary groups around the village have resulted in Quorn being awarded Silver gilt and Gold awards as part of the East Midlands in Bloom over the last few years.
We have cleared and developed and named Church View Garden as an area to be attractive to wildlife and for villagers to enjoy, we have also made an attractive bed on the central reservation on the Loughborough Road entrance and are in the process of trying to improve the area under the trees near the Station Road car park.