WERA Committee Members
The current WERA committee (as agreed at the March 2021 AGM is:
Jayne Arnold – Chair
I moved to Lincoln 22 years ago with my family. We have lived in our house in the West End ever since. We specifically chose the West End because of its fantastic Victorian houses and community spirit. We really enjoy living in an area that has such friendly people and great facilities.
I have attended West End Residents Association meetings since their outset. I am passionate about maintaining neighbourliness and the safe, family- friendly community which is so special here.
Sandra Lewis – Treasurer
I have been a Westender since birth and have lived in the same property with my husband Rob since 1975. I attended St Faith’s Infants and Junior Schools and Spring Hill Secondary Modern. And when my own children were small, I helped to run the St Faith’s Church Hall Playgroup.
The main thing I like about the West End is the real community spirit to be found there. I rarely walk into town without stopping to chat to someone along the way.
I have been a member of the WERA Committee for 15 years and in recent years have particularly been involved in the organisation of the Carholme Gala, the Big Lunch and the Street Warden Scheme. I currently represent WERA on the Carholme Community Forum and the Playspaces Committee. And I have also been Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for several years.
Val Edwards – Secretary
I am now retired. Most of my working years were spent with Lincolnshire Highways and Birmingham City Council Landscape Practice Group. I returned to Lincoln, to Angelica Road estate, in 2015 having lived in Birmingham prior to that for 27 years.
I lived in Hewson Road from 1980-88 and LOVED it …. the house, the time ….. being young-ish and living with friends and, of course, the West End.
Hello West Enders, I have lived in West Parade, in the same house for 54 years and have seen many changes. I have been a Governor at St Faiths Nursery and Infant School for 21 years and was Chair for 14 years. I have three sons and my husband worked for Lincolnshire County Council Social Services. I have learned so much over the years about the residents and the area and met many interesting people. Some have stayed, many have moved on.
I have now re-joined the WERA committee, who work hard to maintain keeping good standards and a community spirit, which was lost for a period. It is now back with strength and concern, mainly due to the Residents Association, whose members work hard, together with our councillors, and gives everyone in the West End a voice.
I recently joined the WERA committee, but already feel it’s a valued association looking after the residents’ interests in the local community.
I have lived in Lincoln all my life, moving into the West End over 30 years ago and have lived here ever since. What drew me here was the lovely period properties and the convenience of being so close to the city and the Bailgate. What has kept me here is the lovely community that has evolved over the years. I have enjoyed both the West End Lights and the open gardens over the last few years. During the lockdown I have appreciated living so close to the Common and have enjoyed exploring it.
I have lived in Lincoln all my life and in the same property in the West End since Sandra and I married in 1975. It’s a great place to live as the close proximity of the West Common and Licquorice Park give easy access to green spaces. We have a good range of schools, shops and places to eat and drink right on the doorstep but it is also just a short walk to the various town centre facilities.
I joined the WERA Committee about 8 years ago, tasked mainly with putting together the case to the City Council for the introduction of Article 4. I haven’t managed to escape!
We came to the West End in 1981 because we fell in love with area and especially the West Common. The community was amazing and we quickly fitted in. My wife-to-be had always wanted a horse, so we bought one, and registered it for the Common (for the grand price of 10 pence!).
Then in 1983 the council tried to bring in a new act. In its original format, the rights of people to roam were to be much reduced on all common land within the city boundary. After a titanic battle, we managed to get the act in place as it is today (the 1985 Act), which secured the right to roam on common land. In 1999, I was asked by the then Chair, Trudi Farrelly, if I would represent WERA on the Commons Advisory Panel and I have done so ever since. Although there have been some battles with those who saw this land as ripe for development, people power has won through, and the Common remains a natural open space for all to enjoy.
We still have a family horse on the Common and this wonderful open space remains an area that never ceases to amaze me.
I’m initially from the North West but moved to the West End in 2002 with my wife Catherine. It was our intention to stay here for a few years and then move back to Manchester; however we loved it so much we’re still here, but with two extras – our children William and Tilly. I love how over my years here the community has grown together and found a real harmony; this community cohesion is what makes the West End so special.