I live with my wife, Bronwen, in Seggs Lane and have two children, Nicholas and Louise, 4 grandchildren, and 2 step sons Tomos and James. Born in Alcester at 5 High Street on 30th January 1939, my first school was the Alcester National School in School Road, but I was sent in January 1948 to a boarding school in the Cotswolds, away from the damp atmosphere of Alcester and the Arrow Valley. I was never ill again!
I left school after “O” levels and travelled daily on the LMS train from Alcester station to Birmingham College of Commerce where I took “A” levels. Called up for National Service in the RAF, I trained as a policeman and was posted to Germany for 20 months. On my return, I went into the family grocery business, established in 1901, at 5/7 High Street Alcester. After my father’s death in 1962 my training became hands-on running the business.
The family was traditionally involved in Alcester life, with both my grandfather and father serving on the Parish Council. My first local involvement was as a member of Alcester Chamber of Trade which was very active at this period. I was then elected to Alcester Rural District Council for 3 years. With the 1974 changes in local Government Stratford District Council was formed, I did not seek re election to SDC. But instead I ran for and was elected to Alcester Parish Council, which later became Alcester Town Council, and was Mayor in 1990. This term, I am a member of the Community Facilities and the Strategic Planning Committees.
I am also an active member of Royal British Legion and I am a Town Council trustee to the Newport’s School Foundation and Church Street Properties. I collect memorabilia and pictures of Alcester and the district and have a keen interest in local history. Alcester Heritage Network has been recently formed to digitalise all aspects of Alcester to form a Town Archive for future generations. Much of my collection has already been presented to it for scanning and cataloguing. I actively promoted our Heritage Centre from its conception in the 1970s and Alcester Local History and Civic Societies.
Contact John on: 01789 766753