PR and Ticketing
Ros and I came to Penallt in 1983. I originally hailed from South Australia and my background is in architecture, public administration and professional education. Ros, my wife of 50 years, was born in Monmouth. We both ended up in London for several years and then I did a Post Grad at Manchester Business School before returning to rural Buckinghamshire. I went on to become a civil servant, responsible nationally for introducing the Youth Training Scheme.
On a whim, Ros and I bought the seriously derelict village school in Penallt and I converted it to a house which, on advice, we set up as a holiday let A few years later we did the same with the next-door St Mary’s Church, now Capel Pentwyn. Concurrently I was asked in 1999 by the Trelleck United Community Council to chair a committee in the village to bring the adjoining old school playing field back to life as a village recreational asset. Babington Meadow was born and we had tremendous support from villagers in fundraising and physically remodelling it. Once completed, we began looking to develop activities in the Meadow to engage the local community and 9 years ago the nascent Art in Penallt team approached my committee to see if we could help to promote an arts event and maybe use the church as a gallery for the duration of their planned annual show. We agreed to this and I joined the Art in Penallt team where I took on and still retain responsibility for PR and helping with graphic design.