Meet the Candidates… Keyford Ward
I moved to Frome with my family in 1986 and, in a partnership with friends, opened the first café at The Black Swan Arts Centre. After following careers as a management consultant and then a university lecturer, I am now retired.
I was a governor for seven years at Vallis First School, a rugby coach for juniors at Frome Rugby Club, a Somerset Rugby referee, and am present Vice Chair of Governors at Hayesdown First School. This experience, working within a wide range of schools and with so many young people, has given me a view of how young people develop and the huge variety of skills and creativity they bring to this town. They are our future.
I also have a particular interest in supporting minority and ethnic groups within our community to help understanding and appreciation of one another. Everyone – from the young to the elderly – should be valued for the diversity and richness they bring to our community.
I’m originally from Canada but have lived and worked in the UK since 2000. While a teacher at Frome College (2003–2017), I relocated to Frome in 2007 to be closer to the community I taught in and to raise children in the town.
I have always been passionate about contributing to my community and supporting others where and when needed. I’m looking forward to, once again, participating more fully in the community I live and work in as an ifF candidate. As we move from very challenging circumstances to much better times, we need to ensure that we care for and support all within the Frome Community and that no one is left behind.
I love living in Frome and trying to make a difference by getting involved in the local things that matter to people. Having spent the last 3 years as a Councillor in Frome I want to continue the work that I started and help support local initiatives that will make Frome an even better place to live, work, visit and socialise in.