I grew up in the Loxley Valley in Sheffield, surrounded by water mills which had generated power for the early cutlery and steel industries.  I’m an NHS retiree, a keen gardener and artist/sculptor.

In 2022 I took part in a well-being walk with Gateshead Art Diamonds at Path Head Watermill – I was completely delighted, it felt like falling in love! I’ve been coming to the Mill most Tuesdays since then.

I’ve been helping to do landscaping and other outdoor jobs, including painting bridges and fences made by other volunteers.

Everyone seems to love the place too and it’s been great to meet a variety of new people..