Hi, I’m Jane Evans, a retired nurse, amateur artist, grandmother to 3 little ones and a relative newcomer to Kempley. When I first qualified as a nurse, I worked in a cardiac surgery intensive care unit. A little later I opted for a change of career and trained as a secretary.
Married and 2 children later, I went back into nursing and for 5 years was Matron of a small nursing home.
Then another career change. I trained as a picture framer and opened a small art gallery and framing workshop. To compliment this I added a tea room.
Never afraid of change, and now free of responsibilities, my husband and I sold up in 2013 and went off around the country on a narrowboat for a couple of years. When we decided to go back to dry land, finding the house we wanted was hard and so we decided to build our own.
Michael and I first came to Kempley in July 2016 to look at a building plot. We knew nothing about the village, but hey-presto we bought the land.
We moved into a site caravan on the plot in April 2017, and started to realise our luck almost immediately. Neighbours brought us heaters, as the weather was particularly cold, we were invited out for drinks and meals and very soon started to make friends.
We decided that if we were to get to know what was going on in the village we would try and go to all the functions that were happening. Little did we realise what a busy village Kempley is.
One of the first things we went to was KPM. We were greeted at the door, and given a warm welcome. I’ve missed very few markets since that first one.
I always said I would get involved in the market once our new house was build and we were settled in, but as I write this in 2019, I’ve allowed myself to get ‘sucked in’ sooner than I anticipated. The house will be finished ….. sometime ..… maybe this year!