I am a founding member of Lymm Ladies Circle, a social and charitable organisation for women living in and around Lymm. After my partner joined Lymm Round Table in 2008, I decided that women were missing out on something similar, so set out on a mission to re-open the Ladies Circle in the village. We are now one of the largest Ladies Circles nationally, meeting regularly for social events and supporting local charities with fundraising at the many community events in the village.
I learnt to knit a few years ago and when I’m not working away, I try my best to make it to the Lymm Crafters knit and crochet group who meet regularly in the Spread Eagle Pub for a knit and natter. It has become an expensive hobby, having developed an addiction to high quality yarn (merino silk being my favourite) and I love knitting lace so it often takes me months and months to complete a project. My progress has been very slow of late, but you can see what I am working on at Ravelry. Try not to spot the ‘galloping grannies’ (mistakes).
My life has been shaped by music, in particular indie bands of the late 90s and early noughties, with Feeder and Easyworld having a huge impact on me during my teenage years. I have travelled the country attending gigs and met some of my closest friends through online fan communities. I love going to festivals as it combines the joy of camping with live music and I always try to get to Glastonbury (when I can get tickets!!), which is one of the most amazing experiences in the world. At school I played the flute and sang in choirs, but both of these hobbies have fell by the wayside since adulthood. In recent years I’ve been trying to teach myself piano, but I don’t have the co-ordination, time or discipline to practice enough to be good at it.
In 2013, I stepped into the unfamiliar world of improvised comedy. I’ve enjoyed taking part in a number of ‘improv’ workshops, including long-form, short-form and musical, mainly through ComedySportz UK who are based in Manchester, but also at weekends away organised by a group of improvisers – The Great British Improv Project, who run co-operative events in the midlands. Improv is terrifying and really challenges you to step out of your comfort zone, turn off the internal filter and just go with the flow, but I think it is a great skill to learn and hugely valuable in the workplace too. Improv teaches you to listen, embrace and build upon mistakes and to trust in your team – all useful qualities which can be very handy in life. I also love watching live comedy and try to get to shows in Manchester and up to Edinburgh Fringe most years.
Other more active interests include canoeing, swimming (preferably outdoors) and walking (until recently, with my dog – sadly she died suddenly in July 2017). I enjoy camping holidays in the countryside and road trips around America. I would really like to live and work in the United States one day and especially love visiting the US national parks – I have been to 10 so far (Grand Canyon, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion (only passed through), Death Valley, Yosemite, Channel Islands, Joshua Tree, Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains), plus many national forests and monuments and I hope to tick off a few more whenever I next return.