Joe Gilmour has lived in Garstang for nearly 14 years and has recently retired as a Special Needs Teacher. He is married with four grown up children and two grandchildren.
Joe is a Garstang Town Councillor. In May this year he will become Deputy Mayor.
For the past eight years, he has been a Kepple Lane Park Trustee and has helped to transform a former refuse tip into a multi-award winning park. In 2016, Joe and his fellow trustees received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.
When Garstang Library was under threat last year, Joe started up a Coding Club for 9-11 year-olds. These have been hugely successful and the Library has a waiting list for places.
Following the floods in December 2015 and August 2016, Joe helped set up the Garstang Flood Action Group, which he now chairs.
An active member of Garstang Transition Group, Joe has helped procure a Tree Council grant to create the new Community Orchard on Kepple Lane Park. He also designed and built the new Transition raised veg bed on the park.
Joe is also a member of the Fairtrade Steering Group in Garstang, the world's first Fairtrade Town.
A member of the Green (Ecology) Party in the late 70s and early 80s, his involvement with the Transition movement led Joe to rejoin the Party around the time of the European elections in 2014.
“Working in the community has always been an important part of my life. Taking early retirement last year has given me the opportunity to really throw myself into this. Garstang has a long tradition of community and voluntary groups. It is what makes it such a lovely place to live. Having the opportunity to do my bit for the town is a privilege and a pleasure.
I particularly enjoy my position on Garstang Town Council. However, I am only too aware and, at times, frustrated by the Town Council’s limited influence. I would love the opportunity to serve Garstang and the surrounding areas at County level where I could make a real difference.”