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Beverley Johnstone - Arlington, East Hoathly & Hellingly

Beverley JohnstoneBeverley has lived in Wealden (near Crowborough) for the past twelve years, and teaches English at Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School, just across the Kent border. She and her husband have two adult children and were recently thrilled to become first time grandparents.

It was shortly after arriving in East Sussex in 2009 (from across the border in Kent, where her two children were brought up and educated at local state schools) that Beverley got involved in local politics, developing a particular interest in sports and recreation, the environment, and planning. "I was elected as a LibDem councillor for the Jarvis Brook area on Crowborough Town Council," she explains. "During my time on the council, I was involved in liaison with an active local community group, resulting in the planning and construction of a skate park and playground in Jarvis Brook. We also organised a local competition which resulted in significant artworks and environmental improvements at Crowborough station."

Due to her personal experience as a secondary teacher and also as the primary carer for her own father, Bev has also become involved with the issue of social care provision and ensuring it is available across all age ranges. Since last year, she has been volunteering with the Parish Pals, a local community initiative that was formed during the first COVID-19 lockdown. In her spare time Beverley enjoys pottery, gardening and running, and says that a silver lining of lockdown has been the chance to explore the local area with her husband, on foot. "We've been on some glorious local walks that we'd never previously have had time for," she says, "and it's only served to remind us how lucky we are to live here."

Beverley can be contacted by email at: beverley@wealdenlibdems.org.uk

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