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Elizabeth was born in St. Peter's Hospital Maldon, she was educated at Elm Green  School, Little Baddow and latterly the City of London School for Girls before reading Astro-Physics at Hertfordshire University.

She currently lives in Maunby, North Yorkshire and teaches Physics, Astronomy and Biology at Ripon Grammar School.

Whilst Elizabeth's extra-curricular activities included overseeing the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme locally, regular educational visits to Cern Switzerland and World Challenge trips to the Far East and South America, she still maintains very strong business and family ties with South Woodham Ferrers.


Terry still lives less than twenty miles from her birthplace, she was a pupil at Grays Convent School before graduating from Greenwich University with a degree in Biology.


Thoughts of a lazy retirement vanished when Terry agreed to become a director of the foundation, she brings with her not only forty years of teaching experience, latterly as head of science at St. Clere's Comprehensive School in Stanford-le-Hope but also a wealth of social awareness gained from extensive travel and interaction with young people.


Perhaps better known as Mister Gee; Douglas was born and raised in South and North Ockendon, where he attended the church school, along with thirty one other children. before moving on to Aveley Technical High School and finally Thurrock College,


He was however educated outside Ford's with a bicycle and a newspaper bag.

He moved to South Woodham Ferrers in 1972 and has no intention of leaving quite yet, when he does it will most likely be in a box without any ceremony.



"Uncle Ian", as he is best known originally hails from Lincolnshire but spent most of his early life in East London. Although a qualified motor mechanic he has had a variety of occupations but perhaps  none more testing than acting as my carer for over thirty years now.

Together with his wife Joan they have lived in the village for the last quarter of a century. Ian assists at the shop most days and covers any time that I do manage to get off.


John is an Essex boy, born and bred and still resides in this much maligned county. He was educated at Holy Cross School and St. Cedds in South Ockendon, before commencing work in the City of London as a re-insurer at Lloyds. 

He was seconded to Sydney during four years of drought before returning to London where he worked until he took semi-retirement.

John brings to the group a truly independent voice and bags of energy.

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