An international career in marketing both at home in the UK and abroad in France and Greece led Jacqueline to a large international record company – Sony/BMG – where she stayed for the last 22 years of her working life. She moved to Hawkhurst in 2005 from London and has never looked back.
Jacqueline is an ardent amateur gardener with varied other interests, from upholstery to reading, to growing fruit and vegetables on an allotment. She is also a keen Rotarian with the local Rotary Club. Over the past 12 years, Jacqueline has extensively walked the surrounds of Hawkhurst and Bedgebury, accompanied by her springer spaniel Bow.
Jacqueline on her favourite spot in Hawkhurst: “Walking down the Lawns, a tiny path leads off along a stream. Dogs adore this area for all its varied smells; the stream to splash in (spaniels) and tiny, tiny paths off. There must be lots of wildlife down here when I am not looking! The path, along by the stream – and often perilously close to the edge – is a perfect barometer of the seasons. Wild garlic, bluebells, wood anemones, cow parsley and trees in all stages of their lives border the winding, bumpy path. There is always something to see and the silence is wonderful, broken only by birds singing or pheasants calling out, and the babbling stream – sometimes rushing along but then dribbling along in a hot summer. It is small and Bow would jump across it, into it and along it. I don’t notice the rubbish that sometimes accumulates and the brambles that threaten my legs – I love this place!”