Councillor Steve Blackman

I am pleased to have joined the council in February 2022, and look forward to contributing as best I can to the continuing success and development of the town.

I have lived in Alcester since 1982 when my wife and I bought our first house here. Our sons were educated at Primary and secondary level in Alcester schools.

I was fortunate to be able to retire from a 34 year long career in Primary Education in 2013, most recently as a Head Teacher for nearly twenty years in Warwickshire schools, Great Alne Primary and Bridgetown Primary in Stratford. During my teaching career I had a number of books published, a couple of which for Oxford University Press are still in print and selling in China!

Following retirement, I joined the education departments at Warwick University and Northampton University where I was involved with Teacher Training. I then enjoyed spells working on the outer fringes of the entertainment industry, firstly as a Duty Manager for the Artrix Arts Centre in Bromsgrove and now for thriving a music festival organisation in Birmingham.

In the last few years I have volunteered with the team at the Alcester Roman Museum mainly working with schools on educational visits.

I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of the countryside, and spend a great deal of time walking the many and varied footpaths across the region and the wider country.

Locally, Oversley Wood is probably my favourite place and for some time now I’ve been working alongside Forestry England to ensure the woods are looked after and preserved for future generations. This includes regular litter picking and generally working on projects throughout the woodlands. I have also recently started a “Friends of Oversley Wood” Facebook group which has rapidly grown to well over 400 local members.

In my spare time I listen to loads of music, mainly on LP records, enjoy working on our allotment and love trips away in our little campervan!

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