Val is a local girl – born and bred in Trefonen near Oswestry where her family have lived for many generations. She still lives there, as does one of her sons, and she feels a very strong connection to the local community. She attended the local village school and then Bellan House Preparatory School. From age 11 she attended Oswestry Girls High School and after O levels and A levels she took a law degree at the University College of Wales Aberystwyth.
She completed her legal studies at College of Law, Chester, and then trained at Hatchers Solicitors. Over 40 years later she is still a partner there!! She specialises in commercial and agricultural property law and has wide experience of both. She is also involved in the management of Hatchers and runs the firm’s marketing and property needs. She is President of the Shrewsbury Business Chamber and a member of the local Bank of England panel.
The loss of Val’s husband from bowel cancer was what stemmed her support for Lingen Davies Cancer Fund. She has organised fundraising events for them, especially when money was being raised to build the Lingen Davies Cancer Centre.
Val loves going to the cinema and tries to see all of the Oscar nominated films each year. Any time left is spent in her garden and kitchen.
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