Rev. Steve Jones
Steve joined the Royal Marines at 16 and was probably the youngest combat soldier in the Falklands War in 1982, when he was just 17. He lost two of his friends in that campaign, one right next to him. Following his service in the Marines Steve served in the Wiltshire Constabulary, before going on to Exeter University to read Law. He then had a highly successful career as barrister in private practice, specialising in family law, before entering into full-time Christian ministry in 2001. Steve has served two different periods as a Christian minister in the USA. He is now a Curate with the Totnes Church of England ministry team. In 1992, ten years after the end of the Falklands War, Steve was interviewed by BBC Radio Devon about the anniversary of the war and his experiences. This triggered PTSD for Steve and he spent five years working through his wartime experiences to a place of healing and renewal. Today Steve is committed to helping veterans and their families, particularly those dealing with the challenges of PTSD. He works mostly at St. Mary’s and St. John’s churches in Totnes.
Mrs Angela Gilbert
High Sheriff of Devon 2016-2017; this included all aspects of the Criminal Justice System; visited 3 Devon prisons, many police departments, emergency services & cadet units. Also chaired the Devon Crimebeat Panel meetings, and raised funds for veterans’ farm projects within the Veterans’ FarmAble project.
Press Photography: Early career in PR photography in Dublin, followed by Staff Photographer at The Argos newspaper, Cape Town, then in London (under contract to the Evening Standard & The Observer)
National Trust: Honorary Administrator of Compton Castle, 1984-2005.
Compton Flock of Jacob sheep started in 1985. Jacob Sheep Society: Panel Judge 2003- present. Breed Promotion panel member, then Trustee and SW Regional Council member 2011-2014.
Nadfas, (now the Arts Society): South West Area Vice-Chairman 2003-2006; South West Area Chairman & Advisory Council 2006-2009, National Young Arts Team 2009-2012.
Brought up in an army background, whose father was an early commander of the S.A.S.
The Veterans Farm-Able Project helps those from the armed forces and the emergency services who have suffered trauma related conditions. These brave people are introduced to a farm environment where they learn rural skills such as hedge laying, stone-walling and stock tasks and horticulture. A mentor supports each small group, and there is access to a support worker. Participants are encouraged towards training and employment to further their prospects work-wise and life-wise for a stable future. Any donations will be gratefully received to help support some extra experience days.
Devon Community Foundation has generously agreed to accept donations for these organisations, and distribute them.