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Chair of the Council (also a Member of the Peak District National Park Authority)

Ginny Priestley

I was born at Derwent and have lived in the area of Bamford more than 2/3rds of my life, residing at Lydgate Bungalow since 1991. I come from local families – the Merryman’s and the Thorpe’s who have farmed in this area for several generations.

I worked as a Commercial Sales Manager for a food company based in South Wales, but am now retired. Married with 2 step-children and a granddaughter, my hobbies are walking, bell ringing, amateur dramatics and playing an active role in the running of Hope Show.

We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful area. I want to work at welcoming visitors but without disrupting the lives of the local population; I see parking as one of our biggest challenges.


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