I came to the district in 1964 and for 32 years practised as a GP in Matlock. I had many patients in our village and learned a lot about the life here. In 1974 my wife and family moved from Matlock to Clifton Road as we wanted to be nearer Holy Trinity Church. After I retired from full time work, I served in several doctors’ surgeries in the district before finally hanging up my stethoscope in 2006. Around that time, I felt called to serve the community in some way and was proposed for co-option to the Parish Council. The following year I was elected unopposed for a full term. The Parish Council is an apolitical body and addresses and voices the concerns of all village residents. I am involved in Planning within the Parish Council and have also been involved in the management and improvement of the Wapping Nature Reserve and hope that this recreational area will be available for residents to use for many years to come.