Introducing Clare Armstrong

Our new production manager

I was born and brought up in a little village, Hemingford Grey, in what was then Huntingdonshire and was subsumed into Cambridgeshire in the 1974 boundary changes.  The big open skies and flat lands of the Fens aren’t really for me and I used to love getting away from the flatness into the hills and mountains to go walking, the Lake District being a particular favourite in this country.

I spent my working life in the publishing industry getting the books typeset and printed.  I started with the venerable institution of Cambridge University Press then, after getting married to my husband Matt, we moved to St Albans and I worked in London for 10 years where I was lucky enough to work on such titles as Paddington, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, The Narnia series, Roald Dahl and The Famous Five among other books.  I used to work closely with the living authors to ensure that the finished books matched their expectations.  The authors could be very particular and demanding, but also very charming and they would get very excited and grateful when they received the first copies of their finished books.

We then had two lovely years in Dorset before I got a job at Oxford University Press twenty years ago.  My move to work in Oxford allowed me, my husband and our two sons, Oliver and Ben, to move to our house in Milton in the beautiful Cotswolds, an area that my husband and I had fallen in love with when we used to leave London at the weekend to come walking in the Cotswolds.

I have enjoyed various pastimes; there was competitive swimming when I was young, then when I gave that up, I took up freefall skydiving. Now I love gardening, walking and watching sport, especially rugby, 

My husband and I have now retired and it has given me the time to join the Cotswold Volunteer Wardens, the Wychcraft Rock and Pop Choir and to help the team produce this magazine. 

We have recently got a beautiful black Labrador and I spend most of my spare time walking and training her.  People in Milton might have heard me calling her name, Rio, in a vain attempt to get her to come back to me when we are out on our walks.  Living in Milton is such fun and are so lucky to be surrounded by such friendly kind people. 

Now I have more time I am so pleased that I can get involved in volunteering with local activities and I am looking forward to helping out with production of the magazine.

June-July 2021