She came in to local politics because she wanted to give something back to her community once her family had grown old enough to be fairly independent. Sheila joined ACHE, the local campaign to save the RAF Hospital when it was no longer required by the Ministry of Defence and helped to secure its future as a community hospital. This led to her involvement in active politics and encouraged her as a District Councillor to campaign for the former Jewson’s site to become public gardens by forming the Friends of the Gardens to work alongside the District Council in raising funds and providing voluntary assistance with planting and general maintenance.
After a gap of four years, Sheila stood for election to the City Council in May 2015 and is a member of the Planning Committee, Personnel, Finance & Governance Committee and the Environment Committee. She is also a member of the working group looking at the development of Sessions House. She represents the City Council on Needham’s Foundation of which she is Chairman. She is also a Vice President of the Ely and District Horticultural Society and a Director of Ely Perspective.
She has always been interested in community arts and was a member of the ADeC Committee for several years. She has carried this interest forward by becoming a founder member of the East Cambs Arts Festival Society.
Sheila has lived in Ely with her husband Jeremy since 1997 and they have brought up five children, who between them have given them eleven delightful grandchildren ranging in age from 25 to 2 years. She has thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of representing her ward in different ways since 1991 and in her spare time enjoys reading, gardening, travelling and going to the cinema, theatre and concerts locally and in London.
Cllr Sheila Friend-Smith, 33 Egremont Street, Ely, CB6 1AE – Tel: 663118.
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