Standing in Ashill ward:
I’ve been a Green Party member since 1977, and stood in two national and
a few local elections in Sussex between 1979 and 1999. I moved to North
Pickenham in April 2012 from my smallholding in Devon (where I’d
'retired' in 2000), to be nearer to my daughter and small grandchildren.
Coming from 15 acres of remote countryside to about 1/6 acre in a
village was quite a change! I’d never lived in a village before, but
have found a welcoming atmosphere, made many friends and become active
in village life, and now feel I know the area sufficiently well to be
an effective local councillor. My interests lie in human relations and
social responsibility as well as environmental and countryside issues.
One useful skill I brought with me is hedgelaying - the drive up to my
local church looks a bit better than it did when I arrived!
Anne has been committed to the Green Party before it was even named
such, back in 1979 it was the 'Ecology Party':
1979 General Election Results for Rye & Bexhill constituency in East
Godman Irvine (C) 35,516
Richard Moore (Lib) 12,438
Derek Smythe (L) 6,852
Anne Rix (Ecology) 1,267 (this was one of the best Eco results
in the country)
Thomas Dewsbury (NF) 559
During the campaign, we had done a 'round the constituency bicycle ride'
starting in Heathfield (where I lived) about 6 am, having breakfast with
an Eco member in Rye, then along the coast to Bexhill (where I think we
had lunch), and back to Heathfield. About 60 miles in all (and no gears
on the bike!). The photo was taken outside Battle Abbey.
The constituency boundaries were changed before the 1983 election, when
I stood in Bexhill & Battle.