Born in London in the late fifties to a large family of Nine, I moved to Suffolk at the age of five. At the age of fifteen I left school and joined the Army as a Junior Soldier in the Royal Engineers. Most of my service was served in Training establishments/Colleges as a physical training instructor. Having served twelve years my family were of School age and it became my decision to put down roots and left the Army to settle in Suffolk where I joined the Suffolk Ambulance Service on the Emergency vehicles.
Although primarily an Emergency Ambulance man we also did one week in eight on the Day vehicle which was tasked primarily for non-emergency admissions or day Hospitals. This would take us all around the villages and small Hamlets in this area (I may even have visited your parents or grandparents). Due to an Injury sustained whilst serving, I had to leave the Ambulance service having served twelve years.
When I retired from the Ambulance Service I took on the role of scout leader with Needham Market Scout Group and in time became the Group Scout leader. I also became the joint manager of Ringshall boys Football club and travelled to local villages where we played many friendly games. I was also coaching at the Needham Market Boxing club we had many young people came through the doors, not all were great boxers, but all left with a smile on their faces.
I have also been a Needham Market Town Councillor for the last twenty plus years and have served as Deputy Mayor four times and Mayor four times. I have been responsible for the running of the Planning section, the deputy for the Town property section and am currently responsible for the leadership of the recreation and sport section where we are looking to refurbish the Pavilion and the Play areas. There is also a plan for a Skate park which my section is helping to facilitate. I take a keen interest in the neighbourhood watch of which I am also a member.
I have lived in Needham Market for over thirty years now and would never consider living anywhere else it is in my interest to serve and protect what we have here, it is important to stop the gradual erosion of services by stealth as the present regime cuts funding to the most at risk within the community, this is not what we voted for and is not what we deserve.
Your vote is very precious and must be used wisely, vote for me and I will do my level best to make a change.
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Steve is pictured here at the Somersham Community Shop with Lucy Barrett, Manager, and Pauline Wragg, volunteer helper. Steve says 'I am very aware of the vital role of local facilities like Somersham Community Shop and will do my utmost to support them'.