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Chaucer Juniors garden, Kerry Wheatley
Chaucer Juniors garden, Kerry Wheatley

Kerry Wheatley, Chaucer Junior School gardening club.

Q Where were you born and bred and where do you live now ?

I was born at Peel Street Hospital, Nottingham, but have lived in Ilkeston all my life.

Q What are your hobbies and interests?

My main hobby is gardening, which comes in handy as I run the gardening club at Chaucer Junior School. I also love taking photos. I still remember to this day having a camera with me, as early as junior school. I also love family holidays with my husband, two sons and our dog Louis.

Q What is your favourite film and why?

Pretty Woman, I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it. I love watching Richard Gere and Julia Roberts acting together, a happy ending.

Q What is your biggest achievement in life?

After my two sons it would have to be the first time Chaucer Junior School made it to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in its 100th year, in 2013. We were part of the ‘Miracle Growers’ Stand sponsored by Miracle Gro. We were invited on the press day with all the celebrities and royalty. When it was time for the royals to arrive, we were asked to present the posy to the Duchess Of Cornwall and Prince Charles . My son James was with me, it was a moment I will remember for the rest of my life.

Q What are your hopes for the future of this area?

We have enjoyed lots of success over the years with our gardening club including numerous wins in Erewash In Bloom. We are currently the Erewash In Bloom champions and to continue to build on this success. I would also like to thank Pride In Erewash for their support.

Q What is your favourite place to eat in Ilkeston?

Jackson’s Chippie.

Q Where is your favourite local place to go on a day trip?
Wollaton Park.

Q If you could change anything in Ilkeston what would it be?

I am very proud of the town I live in, and wherever possible I promote it’s good name. I love doing community projects around the town. I think it’s important for our children to respect and take pride in the place they live.

Q Dogs or cats? I love both.

Q What will your epitaph say?

‘I tried my best!’