John Rowlands


Councillor

I was elected to Llanwrtyd Town Council in May 2008. My wife, Rosemary, and I moved to Meadow Way in October 2002. Prior to coming to Llanwrtyd Wells I worked for 13 years as a statistician in agricultural research in Kenya. I am now essentially retired though I still have a small consultancy that occasionally takes me back to Africa.

During the ten years that Rosemary and I have lived here we have involved ourselves in the local community. We are keen Scottish country dancers and belong to a dance group in Builth Wells. We are members of Eglwys Oen Duw, Beulah We have attended Welsh lessons for several years, enjoy the language very much, but regret that we have been unable to excel in conversing in the spoken language.

I was a scout leader for most of my adult life prior to coming to Wales, for many years in Newbury, Berkshire, and more recently in Nairobi, and so have an interest in youth work. I am Chairman of the Executive Committee of the local scout group.

Rosemary and I are keen gardeners and have opened our garden under the National Garden Scheme together with two other gardens in the town. I was Chairman of Llanwrtyd Gardening Club for four years until February 2012. During this time we raised over £18,000 through grants from Lottery and PAVO donors, firstly to redesign the Town Green and secondly to renovate the Memorial Garden behind the War Memorial Institute, which has recently been formally reopened.

I was Chairman of Trustees of the  Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre.