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Sharon Donaldson


Sharon Donaldson


I was born at a small railway-crossing cottage just outside the small village of Seaton near Workington, Cumberland in 1955

 

As a family we moved around due to my father’s work. We even became ‘Ten Pound Poms’ and never really managed to put roots down for more than a few years at a time


I have a sister and a brother who both have families and grandchildren


Both my parents died much too young, in their fifties. This has encouraged me to live life to the full and given me a zest for adventure


With my husband David I moved to Leeds many years ago and we brought up our family of four near Oakwood. We have eight grand children and I like to think we are a close family


I joined our local Art, Scottish Dancing and Walking groups at Oakwood Church, where I made many special friends who have made me feel good to be alive and to live here


I have always been interested in people and events around me, history, geography, the world near and far


In late 2008 I bought my own laptop and started to learn how to use it. My interests progressed from researching our family history, to Oakwood History and starting to uncover the past of Roundhay Methodist Church and Roundhay St John


Starting the Nostalgia spoken history group early in October 2013 gave me a chance to become more involved with local people, hearing their memories and how life has changed. This led me to become involved with the Oakwood Clock restoration Time Will Tell spoken history project, which has meant learning to interview people of all ages and record their memories of life around Oakwood


Writing for the History pages on the Oakwood Church web site has been very rewarding. I am not a professional historical researcher, far from it, but it is a huge interest I have in me, and I try to learn and do the best I can


I have been very fortunate to have had the support of Oakwood Church, many other kind local people who are interested in revealing the history of Oakwood, and family and friends who have helped me write some of what you can read on these pages. I have gained confidence and grown as a person because of them


I hope, with the support of those around me, to continue to give a bit back to my community which I feel such a part of, and to continue having fun doing so


Sharon Donaldson


Last Updated 20 Jan 2015