Welcome to my world...
I was born in Gloucester in 1961 and grew up in Gloucester until I went to Leeds College of Music in 1979. I became a professional musician playing the flute, sax and singing in different bands all over the world… I played with a few well known local bands such as Bits & Splits, Sax Relief, The Dance Band and In the Clique which became a duo called Clique as well as some gigs abroad with Top Catz.
In my thirties I decided teaching was the way forward if I wanted to have children and taught at various local schools ending up full time at Dean Close where I have been a Housemistress to 60 teenage girls! Never a dull moment!
After losing my first daughter I formed a charity in her name with my husband called the Emily Kent Charitable Trust. We gave Pied Piper and The Bristol Children’s Hospital £50,000 to have the Oncology Wards named after her. The Emily kent Unit is still at the Children’s Centre at Glos Royal Hospital but the name has been changed in Bristol to Ocean Ward.
I like to do as much as possible for Charity and most of it can be viewed on my Vlogging pages called JDKALLDAY on socila media.
As 2018 comes to a close I thought I should outline what this website is about…
GIVING!!…It has been quite a year for me following winning the Gloucester Ambassador Award in November 2017 this year led to me being named as one of the 50 Greatest Women in Gloucestershire which has been documented by a plaque at Cheltenham race Course with all 50 names on. An enormous Honour. This led to me being named as one of the Top 100 Women in the West which blew me away when I read the email to inform me of this honour!…not just to be recognised in Gloucestershire but in Bath and Bristol as well….phew…This then led to a big Awards Evening in Bristol where 6 awards were given out and I was the awarded the Most Outstanding Woman in the Charitable Sector in the West!
It was all a little surreal at the time, an amazing, emotional evening where I was able to mention Dean Close where I have given to hundreds of pupils over the last 28 years, to talk about Emily and the Trust which was about our first daughter who died and the charity we set up to give back to other children in Gloucestershire with Cancer and The Pied PIper Appeal which I am presently the Vice Chairman. I aim to give as much as possible to raise money for sick and disabled children in the County along with the amazing team that forms Pied Piper.
So this website is all about encouraging everyone to get involved, volunteer, give back as all areas of life need more people to give…It is rewarding and gives me a drive and sense of purpose. Losing a child is the most dreadful thing to deal with and I had to find a positive to come from such a negative….Even if you don’t have something as dramatic happen to you….give anyway….
If you want any help or advice about how to get started or where to help please contact me on email@example.com
'Saturday Spotlight' by Lady Janey
Everyday With JDK
I really hope that whoever is reading this has had a fantastic relationship with their Dad because I feel really thankful for my Dad and my relationship with him. Early memories are that he worked really hard and was a big man who looked after us. In comparison my Mum...
This Saturday should have been the Big reunion of all the girls I have Housemistressed, Pupils I have taught the sax, flute or clarinet to and the pupils I have been involved with as a Tutor, in The Francis Bacon Society, in fund raising or involved with the sixth...
This term I have been talking about an inspirational person each week in my House Assembly. Now.... it is on at 8,30am on a Tuesday morning so my girls are probably not always on it! They are probably thinking about the prep they haven’t done or they should have got...
Julie was a member of the Gloucester Athletic Club and competed in the Hurdles as a teenager.
Julie played with Top Catz at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai on New Years Eve 2010.
Julie was a Flying Officer in the RAF in the Dean Close CCF department.
Julie is the oldest of three daughters and went to Linden Rd Infants and Calton Road Junior School before going to Denmark Rd High School for Girls.
Julie played in Cirencester before a Showaddy waddy Gig.
- Winner of the Most Outstanding Woman in the Charitable Sector in the West 2018
- Being Named in the Top 50 Greatest Women in Gloucestershire
- Being Named in the Top 100 Women in the West of England
- Visiting the two Wards at Glos Royal Hospital and Bristol Children’s Hospital named after Emily
- Winning the Gloucester Ambassador Award in 2017
- Playing at Nice Jazz Festival
- Playing at the Berj al arab on New Years Eve in Dubai
- Supporting the NYJO at a Concert in Gloucester with Sax Relief