Grantham Journal caricature: Pressing on with park preservation

Community stalwart Libby Simpson, by Terry Shelbourne.
Community stalwart Libby Simpson, by Terry Shelbourne.
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Libby Simpson has owned the ironing and laundry service Press Gang on London Road for 11 years.

The 61-year-old who lives on Oxford Street had already been working there for five years prior to talking the helm.

Born in Lancashire, Libby moved to Grantham in 1979.

Libby and her husband Keith have six children - four daughters and two sons - as well as 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

As if running a business and a big family wasn’t enough to keep Libby busy, she is also chair of the Dysart Park Action Group.

The group was started after Libby and friends were unhappy with the park’s neglected state and decided to paint and re-roof the pavilion.

However they wanted to make it official and hence created the action group to encourage and work with the council on the park’s upkeep and improvement.

Libby describes Dysart as ‘a hidden gem’ which even some life-long Granthamians don’t realise is there.

The action group’s biggest task is to organise the annual family fun day at the park, which this year was a great success and among the attractions were some snakes and their handler as remembered by Terry in the caricature.

The group is also working on a number of new schemes for the park, including a project with the Grantham Disabled Children Society to install inclusive equipment.

Meanwhile Libby is aware of the park’s value to dog walkers, having her own mutt Tootsie.

Libby is also a member of Grantham rotary club which she adds is a great way of fundraising and very sociable.