The BASA Committee
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Freda has lived in Bullbridge since June 2000 and in the East Midlands, in NW Leics and S Notts, since 1972. She was brought up on Tyneside. She studied Biological Science at the University of East Anglia and has had a lifelong passion for the environment and the British landscape. She returned to University in her 40s studying English Local History at the University of Nottingham and later, in 2008, gained her MA in English Local History from the University of Leicester. Her son lives in Taiwan and her daughter and granddaughter live in Belper.
Gill, who comes from Derby, has lived with her husband David on a two acre smallholding in Sawmills since 1981. She is interested in organic growing, local and environmental issues and local history.
Gill is a member of the Friends of Cromford Canal and believes that this amazing structure is a vital link in some BASA campaigns and that its restoration will have much to add to the health and success of the area in the future.
Though Gill studied Fine Art on leaving school she gradually became interested in supporting those less fortunate than herself. She began a career in the National Health Service and then Social Services. Gill retired last year, but continues to be involved in Social Care.
Gill has two daughters and three grandchildren.
Treasurer and Membership Secretary
I have worked in the lab side of the NHS for most of my life, retiring in 2010. My wife and I always promised ourselves to retire in Derbyshire, and here we are. I am fascinated by the rich industrial history of the area and would like to play a part in its preservation. I was brought up in Sheffield and was delighted when the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet began in the 1960's, likewise Beamish Open Air Museum, Tyne and Wear in the 1970's.
I just love old stuff!
Gill's other half ...
Beverley is still a newbie to Derbyshire having relocated here two years ago from West Wales where she spent eleven happy years running her own goat cheese business and working for a youth offending team. Beverley, son Elliot and Little Lily (their dog) are now happily settled in Sawmills. She works part time as a Community Organiser. Hobbies are felt making, various crafts, and growing her own food and flowers on her allotment. Her dream is one day to build an Eco house with enough land to have a couple of goats again. Beverley joined BASA because she feels it is important to be involved with her local community and local issues.
Born and bred in Nottingham, exiled to Ridgeway in 1979 (nearly settled in). Got involved with BASA, initially, to protect the route of the Cromford canal through the Stevo's site. Happy to have been involved with the negotiations with Rob Lockwood. Also very interested in the industrial archeology of the area. I have been asked, with Clive Sturgess, to help coordinate the problems with flooding along Riversdale.
I have lived in Ridgeway for 24 years and worked locally. Retired from full time work, I am a freelance facilitator at Crich Tramway Village. I care about the local environment and wish to see the beautiful aspects of our area preserved and not overpowered by more and more building projects, especially those that do not benefit the local community or put strain on the local infrastructure. My other interests are photography and I have been a Morris dancer for many years.