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I supported my late husband Jerry Wickham, in his role as Wiltshire Councillor for Ethandune for five years. He sadly passed away in July 2019. I regularly accompanied him to functions and events within the villages he represented, Bratton, Edington, Dilton Marsh, Heywood and Coulston. I understand many of the issues facing these villages and have got to know many of the residents.
Knowing the passion and energy that Jerry brought to this role, I have recently applied and have been selected as the Conservative Candidate for Ethandune in the forthcoming By-election.
There is no doubt that Jerry Wickham was a brilliant Councillor who was always available and prepared to listen to residents when they needed help. He was totally committed to supporting his Parish Councils and his epitaph is that ‘He got things done’. He really is a hard act to follow, but if I am elected, I am determined to continue with the same work ethic and passion to serve the people of Ethandune...
I started my working life as a Police Officer and served 16 years in the Wiltshire Constabulary. After a career break, to bring up two children, I returned to work in the Corporate banking sector.
In May 2017 I was elected as a Parish Councillor for Keevil. I am currently Vice Chair of Keevil Parish Council and have been instrumental in introducing and conducting a village survey to enable our village to understand the challenges that face us in the future and to move forward together as a community.
Since retirement I have been involved with various Charitable roles both County wide and more locally in West Wiltshire.
I have been a Trustee and Chair of Fundraising for Wiltshire Portage for 10 years. This charity provides a home visiting service for families of pre-school children with developmental delays and difficulties. Wiltshire Portage Home Visitors achieve amazing results and I feel very privileged to be involved with this organisation which now covers all of Wiltshire, excluding Swindon.
I have also been involved with visiting lonely older people and setting up and leading a small group of volunteers who ran courses for disadvantaged young parents, teaching them to cook, enabling them to produce a healthy diet for their families on a limited budget.
I have lived in Keevil for 25 years with my late husband Jerry. We have two grown up sons who have left home and both serve in uniform; one as an officer in the British Army and the other as a police officer in Wiltshire Police.
My hobbies include gardening, cycling and walking my two Labradors. I am a keen Bridge player and enjoy several activities with the U3A.
My aim, if elected as the Ethandune Wiltshire Councillor, will be to attend as many meetings of the Parish Councils as possible in order to understand and provide advice on the relevant issues and act to resolve them where ever I can. I will also encourage residents to contact me whenever they have a problem or situation that they think I can help with. I will always acknowledge any correspondence promptly and resolve any issues as quickly as possible.
I firmly believe that it is the duty of a Councillor to be available, to listen and to help if I can do so, and if I cannot help, to be honest and explain why I can’t.