Tattenhall People in Focus
In this series, we spend 10 minutes talking to someone who lives or works in Tattenhall and share our findings with you. Today, we're talking to Clerk to the Parish Council : Ann Wright
How are you? I am fine.
Where are you from? I am from Hoole Village originally just outside Chester but lived for a couple of years in Charlbury near Oxford before moving back to Cheshire.
How long have you been the Clerk to the Parish Council? I joinedTattenhall as Clerk in 2019, although I have worked as Clerk for about 16 years. I have also sat on 2 Parish councils as a Councillor and been a Councillor on Chester City Council and CW&C.
What do you like about the village? Although I don't live in Tattenhall but I do really like it, the Councillors and residents are usually positive about things and looking to move forward and change, I like to walk the Millennium Mile with my dogs and use a lot of the shops regularly, The Spar, Post Office, Alison's and Pig & Co.
There is unique character and lifestyle in Tattenhall which I am quite envious of.
What would you most like to improve in the village? The flooding – it would be good to get that under control and soon.
I would like more people to take an interest in the Parish Council (we have 2 vacancies) I don't think people understand how much Parish Councils can achieve and actually a lot of the time Councillors enjoy what they are doing and dare I say we have a laugh along the way.
Have you found any positive aspects of the Covid-19 restrictions?
The way the community has come together to help each other and the way the Parish Council has been able to adapt to working virtually which has been very successful.
Who do you most admire, dead or alive, and why?
I have a fascination with the Kennedy's I think that is due to the extremes in their history – success and glamour to tragedy.
I had a lecturer when I was at university who lectured on American history, he was brilliant, his lectures were fascinating and funny, I would love to have the depth of knowledge he had in a subject he loved and to be able to spark interest in other people.
What interested you in the role of Clerk to the Parish Council. What was the trigger for applying for this role?
I have always been involved with Parish Councils and used to attend Mickle Trafford & District Parish Council meetings as a child when my father was coucillor, he is also a Clerk. So when I had my first child being a Clerk ticked two boxes, to be able to develop my interest further and also be able to work flexibly around having children.
What do you want to achieve in your role?
Change, make things better.
The day I say we need to do someting the same way because that is the way we have always done it is the day to give up.
What have you enjoyed most in this role?
Getting to do and learn different things.
What do you do to relax?:
I like reading, I enjoy my dogs and have 2 teenage boys to shout at! We also have an orchard with several 100 apple trees so my autumns are spent picking, pressing ands bottling apple juice and cider.
Favorite Film, music, play or TV program?:
Barefoot in the Park (1967) with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda
Who would you invite to a dinner party or a drink in the pub?:
Jackie Kennedy or may be one of the Mitfords, Deborah Cavendish (Chatsworth is one of my favorite places and the church there is where JFK's sister is buried, Kick Kennedy)
If you could time travel, where would you go and when?:
Dallas November 22nd 1963
Thanks for your time Ann.