It’s UK Independence Day in Brookside and Woodside

While the Americans are celebrating Independence Day on the other side of the Atlantic, we’re hoping that Telford will be celebrating UK Independence Day in Brookside and Woodside where by-elections are being held today.

A reminder of our candidates in both by-elections:

Woodside – Ryan Laing

Ryan LaingRyan Laing is a former member of both the Scottish Youth Parliament and UK Youth Parliament and a former Chairman of South Lanarkshire Youth Council.

Ryan returned to Telford a few years ago after spending most of his childhood in Scotland. He is a Trustee for two local charities, is a voluntary street pastor and works as a houseparent in a special educational needs school in Shrewsbury.

Brookside – Lynda Hogger

Lynda HoggerLynda Hogger was a PA in the MoD most of her working life, first in London and then in Portsmouth. She moved to Telford with her husband Jim in 2007, living first in Hollinswood and then in Stirchley.

Whilst living in London, Lynda volunteered as a counsellor for battered women, an experience which she describes as “eye opening”.

With the help od Randlay & Hollinswood Parish Council Lynda set up the Coffee and Chat group and organised an “Open for All” Day to get people using Hollinswood neighbourhood centre.

Since moving to Telford Lynda and her husband have been involved in Friends of Telford Town Park, Ironbridge & Severn Gorge Lions, Telford & Wrekin Senior Citizens Forum and fundraised for the PDSA.

Lynda and Jim have fundraised for the Ironbridge & Severn Gorge Lions and were the first “Friends of Lions”. Having secured lottery funding, they both helped to lay a new footpath and build a new bridge to the island in the lake at Grange Farm View.

Through the Senior Citizens Forum, Lynda coordinated an information gathering exercise and the repair of potholes and damaged footpaths all over the borough. She was also interviewed for Telford & Wrekin Council’s Leisure and Culture Review.

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