Borough Councillor for Curdworth
Terry was born and grew up in Curdworth and was educated at Coleshill Grammar School. He was an active member in the village as secretary of the youth club and tennis club, a member of the church choir and at the age of twenty two was elected to the Curdworth Parish Council.
Moving to Nether Whitacre in 1965, he became involved again with the community and was elected as Church Warden and a trustee of local charities, as well as for some time serving as a Parish Councillor.
He is Chairman of his family business of nationwide commercial French Polishing contractors, operating from offices in Hurley and is proud to say that “we are a family business and a business of families”, as there are a number of fathers and sons and husbands and wives working here. Their work ranges from domestic furniture to the restoration of Windsor Castle and Royal Lodge, the home of the Duke of York, who visited their offices in Hurley to unveil the plaque of their Investors in People Award.
Politically, Terry, whilst being an ardent supporter of the Conservative basic philosophy, has great respect for his colleagues of a differing opinion. He ran the fighting fund for (Lord) Francis Maude’s re-election and was for ten years Chairman of the North Warwickshire Business Bureau, where cabinet ministers were invited quarterly to lunch meetings at venues in the Borough, to listen to, address, and have direct contact with local business leaders.
He was appointed to the Warwickshire Commission as a Justice of the Peace on the Atherstone and Coleshill Bench in 1974, serving for twenty seven years, finally, as Chairman of the Bench for four years.
He met Elizabeth, his wife, in 1959. Elizabeth worked in the bacteriological laboratory in Birmingham Hospitals and, after a career change, went into primary teaching, retiring as Head of Weddington Middle School. She too is much involved in Community activities. They have a son, Adam, who now runs the family business. Adam is married to Hayley and they have a daughter, Megan, preparing to go to university. They also have a daughter, Alison, instrumental in arranging Prince Andrew’s visit to the company. Alison is married to Ian. They have two children, Freddie, also preparing to go to university and Libby, who shows a keen interest in marketing.
Terry’s interests are his home, vegetable gardening, theatre, both classical and jazz music and a keen appreciation of cathedral architecture, music and liturgy, especially Lichfield, where Elizabeth is a guide and a welcomer.
Terry wants to see North Warwickshire continue to expand and develop sensitively to maintain its rural character.