The following people were elected to the Committee at the Annual General Meeting on 20th April 2015;

Sue Swallow

Chair, Greening and Planning

I have lived in Southampton for over 40 years, not that I expected to be here for so long! I moved from Shirley to Portswood and Gordon Avenue in 1992 and enjoy the mix of people and proximity to the Common. I have worked in many parts of the city and surroundings as a locum Pharmacist but was glad to retire and concentrate on the garden! The OARA has been a great way to meet people.

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John Hayward

Vice Chair, Community Liaison and History

I am a retired head teacher and since retirement I have led a successful campaign to persuade the council to maintain a branch of out-of-school educational provision. I have also managed to get double yellow lines in our section of Avenue Road. I am a musician playing a number of instruments. I also run a ukulele group and I teach ukulele in a local primary school. Having lived here for 35 years and loved the area, I am keen on helping to make it a better place to live for the whole community.

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Andy Haslehurst

Treasurer

I moved to Southampton with my family in 1987 and have lived in Gordon Avenue since 1988. After many years working as an accountant at Solent University, I have now fully retired.

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Hilary Jackson

Secretary and Communications & Press

I came to Southampton in 1987, moving here to be with my now husband and becoming a Saints’ season ticket holder in the process. We have lived in Gordon Avenue since 1990. I retired as a secondary headteacher in 2013 and since then have enjoyed having more time to join in with community life, including through OARA and as a governor at Bevois Town Primary School.

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Ally Hayes

Minutes Secretary

I came to Southampton as a student in 1976 and never left. I have been living in Avenue Road since 1992. Since 2013 I have been researching the fascinating history of the area for Bevois Mount History.

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Barbro Fitzjohn

Committee Member

My name is Barbro and I have lived here for many years. I take a special interest in promoting the beauty of our area and the creativity of the people living here. As part of the committee, I like to bring energy and ideas to events that build community spirit.

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Phine Dahle

Committee Member

I have lived and worked in Southampton for 42 years. I love the many green areas in and around Southampton and a growing sense of community.

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Barbara Matcham

Committee Member and Clean Streets

I’ve lived in the OARA area since 1983 and my husband since 1970. In 1989 the first residents’ association was set up of which I was a member; at that time we were mainly concerned with planning applications and parking problems. I’m happy to be involved again, particularly as the aims of the Association now include all aspects of the community. My particular concern is the cleaning up of the area and encouraging our changing population to become involved.

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Petrina Boddington

Committee Member

I have lived in Southampton for the last 25 years although only in this area for the last 15. I live on Avenue Road with my family. I teach at a local primary school and also theatre design at a London university. I enjoy the community aspect of OARA and all that Common Ground stands for.

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Fiona Barnes

Committee Member

I relocated from London to the OARA area in 1987 as a Registered Nurse working at Southampton General Hospital. Since 1995 I have worked from home. I helped with the PTA (ultimately as chair) at Bevois Town Primary school where I also worked for eight years. I have, throughout this time, always been blessed with lovely neighbours but have enjoyed watching and being part of the sense of community and belonging that has developed from OARA efforts over the last few years.

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Ruth Kibble

Facebook and Press

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Matt Conrad

Webmaster

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