I moved to the Carleton area of Pontefract in 2017 and have really enjoyed living here since then.


This old market town is to the east of Wakefield and to the south east of Leeds. There is a feeling in the town that it is on the up, slowly but surely. There is a desire for things to improve – for independent shops to come and thrive in the town, for community groups to grow and work together, for people to feel like it is a place where people want to be.

This takes a lot of work by many people and in an area where the local council has the City of Wakefield and the Five Towns (Pontefract, Knottingley, Castleford, Featherstone and Normanton) to consider there is often an emphasis on people just getting on and doing things rather than waiting for the local authority to get involved. I welcome this approach of a community taking ownership of what they want in their area.

I am trying to do what I can to support local groups and to play my part in the wider community where I can. I think there is an opportunity to share my abilities to help the development and growth for the region. I will be looking to see what I can do to help where and when I can, if I can retain the balance that I need for my own work, social, leisure and home commitments.

Pontefract Collieries FC

I am a season ticket holder at Pontefract Collieries FC, who play in the EvoStik Premier East Division. They have been promoted the last two seasons and are playing well so far this year too. They are progressing on the pitch very well though there is work to be done off the pitch to try and get them up to the higher league’s standards and expectations.

Pontefract Athletics Club

I am a member of Pontefract Athletics Club, a running club who do weekly runs from The Carleton pub and are a good social group of people.

Pontefract Civic Society

I am a member of Pontefract Civic Society, a group who are working to promote the interests of the town and to work with the local authority to improve the town. They also do a lot of work with many of the community groups in the town and help publicise activities and events that are happening in the town.

Pontefract parkrun

I attend the weekly Pontefract parkrun event that happens each Saturday morning at 9am at Pontefract Park. This free, timed run regularly attracts 300-400 runners, walkers and joggers each week and is a great community spirit of people sharing their pastime together and helping each other improve their fitness, times, and doing it in a friendly sociable atmosphere.