Frank Thompson

 Born Hampstead, London, married with two sons and four grandchildren.

Educated at St Dominic’s RC School, NW5. Left school
at 15 to start a five-year apprenticeship as a compositor with St Clement’s Press in the City. Two years National Service in between with the RAF.

Worked at numerous printing companies acquiring many specialised skills and qualifications at City & Guilds level including Typographic Design. One of the first to be employed by the Guardian on its move to London in 1961 to become a national newspaper. Worked for the Guardian/Observer for 34 years. Father of the Chapel of the Guardian Composing Chapel for many years, promoted to end career as
Pre-Press Manager.

Hobbies include gardening and rambling. Ran the largest, very successful, football
club in West Middlesex for 14 years putting out three sides every week. Took a squad every year on an overseas tours.

Elected 2002, served on Road Safety, Licensing, Environment and Kingston Town Neighbourhood . . . still learning!

Frank &

PHOTO Details
Frank and his wife relaxing in the village of TISSINGTON, in the Peak District National Park whilst on a walking holiday with Holiday Fellowship. HF is a non-profit organisation with houses in all partsof the UK, originating in Manchester at the beginning of the last century when a T. A. Leonard, Minister of the Congregational Church in Colne, Lancashire, came upon the idea of walking holidays for all the hard working mill workers. He said: 'The local towns emptied as everyone went to Blackpool or Morecambe. This kind of holiday leads to thoughtless spending of money, inane types of amusement, and unhealthy overcrowding in lodging houses. It makes for perverse or corrupt conceptions of life and conduct, and produces permanent ill effects on character.' Thus a rambling club was planned in summer of 1891, the first HF holiday.

Home Address:

1 Horsley Drive
Kingston upon Thames

Phone: 020 8549 9143

Email: frank.thompson@councillors.kingston.gov.uk

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