Clive Mills

Clive still considers himself very lucky to live in Peppard. He was a civil engineer by profession and the nature of his work normally meant his moving every few years. He and Jane have now lived here for 33 years, have built on to the house and provide a ‘family’ home for their adult children and grandchildren. His two daughters and one son all live less than an hour’s drive away so he is able to see them and his six grandchildren, all of whom are under 10, frequently.

He says he did the job he always loved – even as a child he loved building things and that was always what he wanted to do. For many years he worked for Associated Asphalt, eventually becoming a director of the company. He became a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers and in his spare time became chairman of the ICE Thames Valley and then chairman of the southern branch of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association. Eventually there was a company takeover nine years ago and he left to become a self-employed consultant before finally retiring in June 2011.

Sadly Jane has been very ill for the last year and has had to undergo chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery but happily the prognosis is good and Clive is optimistic about their enjoying a happy retirement together. Indeed, next year one of his daughters celebrates her 40th and it is Clive’s 70th birthday, so he has rented a Devon farmhouse in which all the family can celebrate together.

He has always wanted to be involved locally and was a former Governor of Grove Road School in Sonning Common eventually becoming Chairman. He joined Peppard Council three years ago prompted by the speed of traffic and the total lack of facilities for young children and a desire to protect our environment. He didn’t agree with the County Council’s plan to change the speed limits and, as the community survey has now proved, shares a general concern over a lack of playground in the village. He supports the need for a facility but recognises that there is no simple solution.

He is chairman of the Planning Committee – he is happy to put his professional expertise to good use and is also on the committees for the Sports Pavilion and the green. He believes communication is key and so has taken on the role of liaising with Peppard News, and would like to see an inclusive village website.

In former days he loved sports, particularly rugby, judo and squash and admits to being very competitive. He now channels that energy into helping his grandchildren in their sporting endeavours. He has always thrown himself into activities and now applies that to music – he learnt the piano as a child but is now learning to play the clarinet and saxophone. All this and singing in Nottakwire too!

With what time he has left, he loves to travel and he and Jane regularly go off for weekends in their caravan – and once Jane’s health allows, they plan longer trips. No doubt he will become as passionate about travelling as he has been about so many other things.

Rita Hadgkiss