Lisa Kinnaird for Urchfont & Bishop Cannings
Hello, my name is Lisa Kinnaird and I am your Liberal Democrat candidate for Urchfont and Bishops Cannings. I am writing to ask for your support in the May 2021 local elections. I want to be selected so that I can help build strong relationships within our communities to provide the services and solutions which will enable us all to live in a healthy and sustainable environment.
A Bit About Me…
We moved to Urchfont 20 years ago as an Army family, my husband David worked in the Royal Signals and I worked as a Secondary School Teacher at Wootton Bassett and later as a school travel planner at Wiltshire Council. We raised 3 children here in Urchfont and sent them all to the local state schools and pre-school. I have been an active member of both Devizes Liberal Democrats and the Urchfont community.
Rural village life offers lots of opportunities to get involved and work towards making your community an even better place to live. I threw myself into the Rights of Way group, our School and Pre-school Committees and set up and ran the "Youth of Urchfont". My work with Wiltshire Council involved campaigning for safe and sustainable travel to and from schools and resulted in many new cycle paths and bike shelters being built in the Pewsey Vale. I have served on the Parish Council and am currently heavily involved in the Urchfont Parish Environment Group which among other things is helping tackle climate change by working with residents and landowners to plant more trees and hedges to support Wiltshire Council's efforts to meet its Carbon Neutral 2030 targets.
During the last General Election, I worked as Campaign Manager for our prospective Parliamentary candidate Jo Waltham. Active campaigning for our communities is central to my approach and goes to the heart of what it means to be a Lib Dem. This campaigning zeal and way of working that engages local people has been invaluable during the Coronavirus Crisis. In Urchfont I and two other Councillors set up a volunteer scheme called Connecting a Caring Community connecting 75 volunteers to help the vulnerable during the crisis. It is my belief that community politics and activism is above all about helping people. More now, than ever, we can all make a difference and work together to raise to the new challenges of a post-Covid world.