I was born in Hascombe at Burgate Farm and lived in Victory Cottages, Dunsfold before moving to Sethern 63 years ago. I am the fifth generation of “Enticknaps” to live in Dunsfold, as do the next two generations, my three children and four grandchildren. I have been a Parish Councillor for 46 years and am Chairman of the Commons Steering Group and work on behalf of the Parish Council with the present Dunsfold Bonfire and May Day Fete committees.
I was on the Steering Committees for the first phase Affordable Housing in Nugent Close and also the Village Design Statement.
I chaired and organised the VE Day and Millennium celebrations in the village on behalf of the Parish Council and I was Chairman of the Dunsfold & Hascombe Social Club for 25 years until its closure prior to Arnold Close being built.
I am enthusiastic to preserve and retain rural village life whilst recognising some change is essential for the community to develop.
I went to the local village school as did my three children. I carried out a five year carpentry and joinery apprenticeship with E.H. Cummins, the local Dunsfold builders in the 1960’s. Whilst in their employment I worked as foreman on the building of both Dunsfold and Dorking Fire Stations.
I and my wife, Lynne started and ran our own building company for 50 years. For the first 30 years working for to name but a few for Col Gates (Cow and Gates the baby food company) converting Fernhurst Place, Haslemere into four houses. British Aerospace minor building works, Barclays Bank branches maintenance in Guildford, Guildford Borough Council, Surrey University, alterations to Public houses in the local area for Courage Brewery and also carried out many local conversions and extensions and new houses including converting he Granary at Pound Farm and erecting the original KGV building and Foulston Hall. During that time we had over 40 employees. The last 20 years we re-erected and altered barns as dwellings and extensions and conversions to them. (The change in the type of work I carried out was after I had heart bypass surgery and a mechanical aortic heart valve fitted)
Adjacent to Sethern we still have our own builders yard and full carpentry machinery workshop.
I am a motor cycle trials enthusiast riding in competitions in this country and on the continent since the age of 16. I have also been Chairman of the DOT Motor Cycle Club since 2011.
We have a collection of trials motorcycles (mainly DOT’s), woodworking and other trade tools, Vesta match cases, sovereign cases and postcards of a number of local villages including Dunsfold.
Really I look upon myself as just a country/village person.