Barrie Potter
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Community Activities:

  • 2012 - ; Chairman of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddofod Archive Committee
  • 2001 - : Friends of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Committee (FLIME); Chairman from 2008 and editor of Limelight Newsletter from 2004
  • 1997 - : Llantysilio Cymdeithas y Cwm: Secretary from 1997.
  • 1997 - : Accompanying musical performances by Ysgol Dinas Bran, and the Llangollen Junior Operatics - 'The Young 'Uns'.
  • 1984: Volunteering for Greenpeace, London.
  • 1974 - 1976: Manchester University Community Action. Volunteer Co-ordinator and Students' Union representative 1975/76

Hobbies and Interests

  • Music: I play guitar, 5-string banjo and flute in folk, blues, ragtime and jazz styles; take part in local amateur musical productions. I enjoy listening to a wide range of musical styles; I have accompanied several musical productions by Dinas Bran High School, Llangollen, and the Llangollen Junior Operatics Society.
  • Photography: Competent in the use of 35 mm and medium format equipment for social documentary, natural history and close-up work. Manipulation of photographs using Adobe Photoshop, and have run training sessions for local community groups. More...
  • Gardening: Converting a steep, rocky piece of Welsh hillside into something resembling a garden, growing most of my own vegetables.
  • Environment/Natural History: Worked in the Greenpeace office, London, and on the boat 'Cedarlea'; Close-up photography of insects and wild flowers. Seabird population survey, 1969; I enjoy hill walking, bird watching and cycling; interest in scientific press.
  • Travel: Most of Western Europe including Turkey and Greece; USA; Tanzania; Yemen; Sudan; Egypt; Ethiopia; Kenya.
  • Diving: British Sub-Aqua Club Sport's Diver qualification with the Port Sudan Sub-Aqua Club, 1987. Dived in the Seychelles, Red Sea (Port Sudan and Egypt), and the Mediterranean (Corsica). Would love to do more if my ears will let me.
  • Salsa Dancing: Attend regular training sessions with 'SusieQ Salsa' and I am part of a local display/competition team. Have been recruited by North East Wales Dance and Coleg Cambria (formerly Yale College) to run classes as a freelance trainer.

Additional Professional Activities:

  • 2004 - 2007: FLVC Strategic Planning Group of Managers and Trustees
  • 2003 - 2007: FLVC Representative on the WCVA Database Consortium
  • 2001 - 2007: FLVC Management Team
  • 1999 - 2003: Member of Llantysilio Community Council;
  • 1999 - 2000: Member Flintshire County Council's Health Promotion Group;
  • 1998 - 2000: Member Flint Early Years Forum;
  • 1999 - 2000: Lead Officer, Flint Local Crime Action Team.
  • 1981 - 1982: Vice-chair of the management committee for the Greater Manchester Youth Association 'Stockaid' project;
  • 1978 - 1980: Chair of the Alexandra Park Inner Cities Committee;


  • 1986: "The Allometry of Primate Skeletal Weights" - International Journal of Primatology
  • 1984: "ROOTS - 5 Years On" - ROOTS Festival Committee/Youth Development Trust
  • 1981: "The FAC Book: A History of the Moss Side Family Advice Centre" - Youth Development Trust, Manchester


  • Arabic: Conversational;
  • French: Conversational;
  • Cymraeg/Welsh: Dosbarth dechreuwyr
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