Who We Are
About the Pilot Field Area Residents' Association (PFARA)
We are a charitable organisation consisting of a group of volunteers who live in the Baird and St. Helen's areas of Hastings near the Pilot Field.
The purposes of the charity are:
To preserve and enhance the local environment.
To further the interests and quality of life of the residents.
To act in a non-political and non-discriminatory way.
Retired chartered accountant and interim manager. Although a 'newbie' to Hastings (July 2020) my wife was born and went to school here. Prior to moving to Hastings I worked for six years in a charity supporting vulnerable and homeless families in East London. My interests include swimming, cycling, DIY, enjoying the lovely coast and countryside around here and being a member of a local church. I think Hastings is a fantastic place in which to live!
Moved to Hastings in 1972 from London when it was a GLC expansion town. Married my wife Maggie in 1977, very much a local girl, have two children Esther and Zachary moving to 21 Lyndhurst Avenue in 1983. Have been a Sales Manager for a number of Trailer manufacturing companies through out my working life covering half of the country. Also have been on the committee’s of the local Badger Protection society and St Helens Woods.
I grew up in Bedford, and after University in London, I joined the Diplomatic Service including a posting to Berlin which I loved so much I went back and worked freelance both teaching some English at the Uni and as a translator/Interpreter for the Courts and Notaries Public. Returning to the UK in 1972, I settled in Hastings as my parents had moved here. I started teaching French and German and never looked back! Hobbies are sailing and gardening, sadly the joints no longer let us ski!
In 1977 my husband and I moved into St Helen’s Down (Upper part) and love it here. That’s why I am keen to see the area preserved.
I have lived in Baird ward for 46 years. I retired from the Civil Service in 2007 and have been a volunteer since then working for animal charities and running a Good Neighbours group. I have a practical approach to helping local residents particularly the elderly who do not have access to the internet or family locally to help them. I am a keen bowls player and support Charlton Athletic through their few highs and many lows.
I was born in Hastings and have lived within a mile of the Ridge for most of my life! I enjoy all things community and like to try and help improve things where I can.
I moved to Hoads Wood Road with my husband and 3-year old son in February 2021. Having lived in Germany, Spain, Wales, and London and travelled to many countries around the world, we wanted to find a place we could call home and Hastings is it!
I joined the Pilot Field Residents' Association in September 2021 as I want to help people in this neighbour-hood and create a safe and engaging place for my son to grow up in.