After a degree in French & German and a teaching diploma, I got married and lived in Swansea, mid-Wales and Brecon before coming to Monmouth in 1984 when my husband was appointed vicar of St Mary’s. On his retirement, we moved to Penallt and immediately fell in love with the beautiful, old, stone-walled lanes, the beech woods full of bluebells in May and sunrise over the Wye valley. I continued working as a French teacher before taking early retirement.
One day, a conversation with Alastair Robertson turned to their newly converted church, art exhibitions, local talent and from that – eventually and with the help of many others – grew Art in Penallt which now has a great team of organisers, an army of volunteers and many wonderful artists. I really enjoy chairing our committee.