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You can find out about some of our Berkshire Stringers here:

Polly Falconer

Polly Falconer
Polly Falconer

I was born in Jamaica in 1960, and I came to join my parents in England ready to start school. I was the eldest of  seven children and we had a great life full of love but there were tragedies too. My sister became severely physically and mentally disabled after contracting meningitis at the age of five and died at 16. I suffered a very serious illness in 1995 and lost my dad to cancer in 1997. I miss him terribly.

I have four girls aged 23, 20, 14 and 12 and a foster son aged 8 who we are adopting. I also have a grandson aged two. I have lived in Reading most of my life but I lived in London for 5 years. In my spare time I do lots of community work and occasionally perform Calypso locally.

I have a very supportive husband who I love dearly. I enjoy my job and my community work. I would be totally lost without my family. They are my priority. I consider myself to be a strong black woman and hope that I am a good role model for my children.

I am not an academic but I have a HNC Certificate in Management Studies, which I'm very proud of. I started my working life as a filing clerk. I moved into the voluntary sector and then into local government before settling back into the voluntary sector where I am now a Deputy Chief Executive of a local mental health service.

Sasha Green

Sasha Green
Sasha Green

I am 31-years-old, separated and living alone with my three children, five-year-old Paddy, four-year-old Izzy and two-year-old Scarlett.
I was born in Kent, educated at Roedean School, Brighton and then read Animal Science at Leeds University.

I moved to Berkshire in 1998, to take up a job at Newbury Racecourse. I now work part time there and am also Royal Box Hostess on race days.

As well as this I run my own business from home - racehorse management and syndication. I ride out for a couple of trainers in Lambourn and have ridden in three races at Newbury Racecourse. I am a keen cook and also enjoy skiing and rock climbing.

Caroline Hall

My name is Caroline Hall, I’m 46-years-old and I’m a single parent with a fifteen-year-old son. I currently manage an independent charity shop in Tadley and I also help Stringer Barbara Payne with the community website.

I was brought up in Tadley (Barbara and I met in Junior school) and returned approximately nine years ago after living in Inverness, Edinburgh, traveling in Australia, and living in London.

I have three brothers who all live in Tadley, who between them have nine children. It was an easy decision to move back and be a part of their lives. 

Thelma Haworth

Thelma Haworth
Thelma Haworth

I was born 1960 in Liverpool but was brought up in St Andrews, Scotland, where I played a lot of tennis and also hockey, but not golf!

I graduated with a science degree from Aberdeen University and went on to do an M.Phil in Town Planning at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning in London. My first job was as a town planner, working on Local Plan policy, for Crawley Borough Council.

I got married in 1987. I then moved back to London and then to Ascot in 1992!

I did a London School of Journalism course, to help develop a career as freelance journalist, contributing to Planning Magazine while on maternity leave.

In 1996 I started freelancing for the Bracknell News on their Community News page. I worked mainly from home, mostly on Community News. I outlasted other community correspondents as only I 'enjoyed' Parish Council meetings as I used them to brush up on planning.

Malcolm Hinds

Malcolm Hinds
Malcolm Hinds

I am 48-years-old and have lived in Reading all my life. I am one of the founder members of Unity FC which was formed in 1980.  Most of my life I have been devoted to helping to develop skills of members of the community with particular reference to sport, especially football.

To help enable me to do this I founded Unity Community & Sports Association in 1994. I have worked in a voluntary capacity as the Centre Manager since then and during this the committee members and I have developed various activities and projects for the benefit of the local community.

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