Standing for Election 2021
Andrea (Andie) Walsh
My family and I moved to Dore twelve years ago and we feel extremely blessed to be a part of the friendly and vibrant community that resides here.
I’m a Sheffield girl, educated at High Storrs School many years ago! After leaving school, I trained in Hotel Management and worked in many hotels before setting up my own restaurant. The hours were long and hard, but the feedback from the customers made it all worthwhile.
After my stint as a restauranteur, I had a change of career, gaining accountancy qualifications and later, a job at Hewlett Packard (HP). At HP, I was initially responsible for the pricing of new contracts and I then progressed through various roles, including the management of fifty graduates throughout the North Midlands and an on-call role looking after IT Service provision for a Government contract.
After 17 years at HP, I volunteered for redundancy and set up on my own, providing accountancy services for small businesses. One of my fast-growing clients became so demanding that, in 2018, I was offered a role as a full time employee and having accepted, I now deal with a complex range of financial activities in international e-commerce.
I still retain a passion for cooking and I regularly volunteer to prepare food for the Dore Open Door Lunch Club - the elder citizens of Dore are such an interesting bunch and wonderfully appreciative. In the little spare time that I have (and only when the weather is fine!), I like to walk and tend to the garden.
Having been brought up in Edinburgh, I left to study Mathematics and Sports Science at Loughborough University. Whilst studying, I had the honour of representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in 1990, a wonderful experience.
After graduating, I continued my journey south and moved to London where I started training to be a Chartered Accountant with a medium sized firm. Unfortunately, during my time in London, I was diagnosed with M.S, but try not let this effect my life as far as possible. After a few moves into other professions, I taught Mathematics for 12 years, the first two in Edinburgh.
Prior to moving to Edinburgh, David and I were married in 2002. While living there, David was offered and took up a position in Sheffield where I joined him a year later. After renting a cottage in Dore, we realised this is where we wanted to stay so bought a house on Furniss Avenue until offered the opportunity to take over the Devonshire Arms in 2015.
We love living in Dore and being part of a fabulous community. For several years I have assisted at the Dore Show, helping to register entries.
I joined the DVS in 2021 and have lived in Dore for 4 years with my partner, two grown up children and our pets…we absolutely love living here!
My voluntary work in the area has included working for St. Luke’s hospice & Clifford House, as a holistic therapist and also at Work Ltd/Hidden Gem café with vulnerable people, where it has been an absolute privilege to engage with such beautiful people.
I lecture in Art, Graphics and Interior design, floristry and also have my own business as a Sports and Holistic therapist and mental health worker as a Clinical hypnotherapist.
I have taken an interest in DVS activities since my arrival in Dore and have created a Facebook group for the street residents of Abbeydale Park Rise and Crescent, so that communication and support is readily attainable as a community when needed. This interaction within the village is something I would like to grow as a means of engaging all, at the push of a button.
Being a DVS member is a vital role within the village, and I would like to bring my skills to the community to engage all interested in workshops, to enhance social interaction that is vital to our well-being and look forward to starting these now, as lockdown is easing.
I joined the DVS in 2019 and have lived in Dore for 20 years. I have two children who attend King Ecgbert Secondary School, where I am also a Parent Governor. During my time on the committee, I have been involved in organising community events including the Lantern Parade and the Party on the Green (both sadly cancelled this year). The DVS plays a very important role in Dore, and I seek re-election to enable me to continue to play an active role organising events that help support a strong local community spirit.