: Gerard McCloskey: Hill Brow: 01730 890472: gerard.mccloskey@merlin.uk.com : Vice-Chairman of Finance Committee; Planning Committee

    I have lived close to the East Hampshire/West Sussex border since the early 1980s and now, in Durford Wood, straddle that border; my home is in West Sussex but just before we drive onto the road we enter East Hampshire.

    At first I was working with the Financial Times as a journalist but the charms of a long commute paled against the prospect of starting my own publishing company here and forgoing the charm of endless hours on the train each day. The publishing, and subsequently conference company – specialising on energy publications, with a small dalliance on football as a business publication – blossomed and allowed me to inhale the healthy charms of life on the West Sussex boarder.

    Eventually I realised I had the time to indulge in long-abandoned passions and started singing again with Rogate’s Choral Society, of which I am proud to be chairman.

    My interests stretch beyond this to sating the endless demands of my garden, to a little travel, and dabbling in legal conflict as an expert witness. It is enough.

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