We are a retired couple living in New Radnor, a small village in Powys, Wales.We have recently relocated here to a modern house, after being in a black and white seventeenth century house in a half acre of garden, four miles to the north, having moved here from Guernsey in 1996.
Judith went to school at Loughborough High School where she was a boarder: she subsequently graduated at London University, and qualified as a teacher. She married and had four children, all living, and with her first husband she lived first on a narrow boat in Richmond, then in Brazil , then near Market Harborough and going to the Island of Herm in 1972. The family was there until 1974 when they moved to Guernsey, which was to be home until 1996.
She taught German and French at the Guernsey Grammar School and had taught Latin too, and she spoke Portugese from her stay in Brazil, all of which came in handy on holiday!
Richard went to Ipswich School and then to Friends School, Saffron Walden as a boarder in the sixth form: he worked at first in 1950 in the bus industry at Northampton and Chesterfield before moving into engineering at the Chesterfield Tube Works in 1953 where he became a production planner. He married in 1958 Greta Dye, a Chesterfield teacher who died three years later . At this stage he changed career, qualified as a chiropodist and additionally ran a small business as a printer: he remarried in 1963 Margaret Black and after a couple of years in private practice as a chiropodist he joined the National Health Service as a transport manager.
He qualified as a health administrator after a 4 year in-service course and became deputy hospital secretary then Hospital Secretary in Attleborough and Norwich. He then ran a national pilot scheme for computing in hospitals before becoming deputy Group Secretary in West Lancashire. After re-organisation he became general administrator for West Lancs. In the meantime his marriage had broken down and he separated in 1981, divorcing soon after. He took early retirement in 1986 and then worked for MIND as director of services in central Notts, based in Mansfield. After two years he went to Guernsey to marry Judith in 1989. He then worked for the Board of Health in Guernsey and Alderney until his final retirement as Director of Community Services in 1995, just over 4 years of which was running the public health service as an extra.
Judith's children are
Jane Eleanor, born in Surrey. Jane gained a 1st class joint honours degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography, and then won a Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Award. She chose to study at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, where she obtained a PhD in Zoology. She married and has two children, Bethany (currently at the University of New South Wales in Sydney) and Zachary. She has lived in Hobart, Fremantle, Sydney, Albury, Nelson Bay and Armidale, New South Wales. Now back in England she continues to work on matters concerning sustainability and in 2011 took up the position of Head Gardener for the Sharpham Trust. She plays and teaches clarinet, saxophone and piano.
Nancy Maria, born in Brazil. She lives in St Just, Cornwall; and has two children, Holly Catrine and Padrig. She is an artist who not only paints but makes jewellery and sculpts - and you can see her website here
Simon born in Leicestershire is a cabinet maker running his own business picture framing in St Just, Cornwall where he has two children, Lily and Emeric. His wife, Jo has two children - Jess and Josh. Between them they have bought 9 acres of land near Lands End which they now use towards self sufficiency
Jonathan James, who is married to Christina from Hannover, Germany, was a driving instructor working for himself in Shaftesbury and district , but after having a year out in Australia (and meeting Christina) and obtaining a first class degree in music he is currently teaching guitar in Wiltshire as well as performing at various venues, both regularly and for special ocassions, . They have a daughter, Maiomi, born 21 May 2005, a son, Rueben Samuel born 25 March 2008. and a daughter Sarina born 21 Jun 2010. He has a website at http://www.jonpickard.co.uk
Richard's children (with Margaret Green)
are Christopher Andrew, born 9 March 1967 in Chesterfield, and twins Peter James and John Stephen born 12th November 1971 in Norwich. Chris is now a PhD and works for the government on microbiological research at Porton Down: he married Helen McLoed who is a teacher and has two children, Emily born 1997 and Samuel born Sept 2000
Pete got a first class degree in Electronic Engineering and now runs the northern branch of a firm which tests electronic equipment and systems. He and his wife Gill live in Mawdesley, Lancashire in a house which was pretty derelict, but which they have completely renovated, and they now have a daughter, Jessica Mary, born 21 Jan 2003 and a son, Maximilian James born 11 Nov 2005
John after getting his degree did an extra year as President of the Student Union, and is now working for the Derbyshire Police, where his need for adrenalin is met by various excitements - a change from his white water canoeing and climbing which used to be his forté. He is married to Sarah who is a part time teacher and they have a boy, Benjamin John born 25 June 1995, and a girl, Georgia Charlotte, born 2nd Nov 2000
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
Music - both are interested primarily in classical music, and Judith plays the piano and is organist for Llanfihangel nant Melan as well as the relief organist for the local churches - she has also played the organ in Llandrindod Wells for the Powys County WI. She is currently the accompanist to Discoedia, a quartet based at Beggars Bush.
Judith is an artist with a keen interest in water colour and pastel painting. She came first the County WI show in 1999 and there is a page of her paintings available if you click here.
Both are keen on gardening -but now much of the heavier work is done by a gardener. We could not manage without.
Both have an interest in archaeology and history, as well as a keen interest in words and their derivation and meaning. We visit sites of interest and currently are particularly interested in medieaval history and pre-history in the UK.
Richard also spends a lot of time on family history research. Much of this website is dedicated to research results for our own ancestors and family links, which go back to the 13th century for certain and contain just over 17000 individuals. If you have a look at our home page you will see a search box. Enter thename you are interested in and the search engine will show you where it is if we have it. Equally you can see the main branches of the tree by clicking here,
Old genealogists never die: they just lose their census
We still find time for reading (the mobile library comes to the village on alternate Mondays) and most of this is done in bed first thing in the morning as we down several cups of tea made by the kettle at the side of the bed...
Richard is also interested in photography - to see a few samples of his photos click here These of course were with conventional SLR camera, but he is now experimenting with digital photography.
Judith is a past President and current member of the Women's Institute, and a member of the Mother's Union, both in little Evenjobb where we lived before New Radnor - only 4 miles away
She is also a member of the Parochial Church Council.
Arising from his interest in family history, Richard collects Lowestoft Porcelain and has written a book about the people who made it in the period 1757 to 1802 which can be bought from Lowestoft Museum
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© Richard Green 2010