Profile of new Committee member Dave Simpson Scott

By | June 20, 2021
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Dave writes…

I was born in Surrey, where I lived until my mid-twenties.  During my schooldays there my father decided that our family would build a house.  And we did, although it took us four years, and I failed my A-levels first time round: too busy bricklaying!  However, I made up for that the next year by passing five A-levels in science and maths, before taking up a research job with BP.  I also studied part-time at what is now Kingston University, where I qualified as a graduate of the Royal Institute of Chemistry.  I stayed with BP for 28 years until, at nearly 50, I joined a firm of project consultants, and later worked for London Underground.

On my retirement Jan and I did a three-month house swap in Western Australia, a wonderful trip that inspired our plans for retirement travelling.  Back home, we decided to move from the St Albans area to Watchet: that was 15 years ago, and we loved living here.  Our retirement travels included a trip to the Galapagos Islands, a cruise visiting Antarctica, three months on the US Eastern seaboard, three weeks ‘doing’ seven national parks in the south-west USA and a coach tour of New Zealand.  We loved pretty well every minute!

Overall we had a rich and varied 25 years together until Jan’s death from pancreatic cancer two years ago.  Jan had a son, while I have a son and daughter plus three grandchildren.

My activities are varied and at times demanding. I  volunteered for the WSR, initially at Minehead, but later as Watchet’s Station Master.   I helped for a time at the West Somerset Advice Bureau and in the RNLI shop in Minehead, and am also an active member of Watchet Conservation Society.  My interests include photography and I have an allotment – both through u3a.  I belong to three choirs and an art group – both of these being interests I’ve quite recently taken up.  No doubt other interests will come along: for instance, play reading ‘feels’ interesting…


Hilary Fisk
Author: Hilary Fisk

Committee member (Membership Secretary) and Website Editor. Also the lead on the Shared Learning Project on the Knight Family Archive Transcriptions.

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