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Born in Ashburton in the post war period when Newton Hospital was still caring for the war injured. My early years were in Bishopsteignton attending the Primary school there and later at Teignmouth Grammar. I served in the Royal Navy for over 23 years joining as an Artificer Apprentice (5 year apprenticeship in Electro-Mechical engineering, serving in surface ships and my final 13 years or so in Nuclear Attack submarines.
I have two daughters both of whom having done the University bit, settled down, married and have a boy and girl each for their Grandad to pamper on occasion. Both my parents were born to Grocery shop owners in Newton. On Dads side Samuel Howe had a bakery in Oak Place which supplied produce in his shops at 36 Queen St and 70 Wolborough St. On Mum’s side was the Grocer & Butchers shop at 5 Highweek Rd “Shorts Grocers” now the Refrigeration Shop. I only knew one grandparent. Grandma Howe who lived at 7 Devon Square and did many a chore in St Paul’s Church in which incidentally I was Baptised.
My interests have been in Scouting following my fathers influence as he was the GSM of the Newton 4th’s and Assistant District Commisioner for Teignbridge Scouts. Cricket also takes up much of my time. I was no great shakes with the ball but could hangaround with the bat for a while and I have now been Secretary of the Sth Devon Cricket League for 20 years, the same time as I have been on the Town Council.
Hobbies if I have to name any would be Real Ale, DIY and a bit of gardening, though as mine is small I tend to treat the town as my garden and do my best to keep it tidy. Other local interests are as a Governor at Decoy School and Trustee of Stover Canal, Newton Abbot Community, and Newton Abbot Security Trusts.