I retired on 30 September 1995 in my early 50s after 36 years with seven local authorities. I loved my job but wanted to do other things. So I suppose this is the story of what the "other things" turned out to be.
I spent the first few weeks digging out beds in our new garden, pondering my next moves. One thing I was clear about. I had no intention of getting paid work. I intended to be my own master.At all times.
I was a governor at a local college and soon joined a voluntary service organisation of which I became Chairman. I joined a rotary club. I was an active member before becoming President a few years later. The pattern of my early years was set.