ANNE was first elected to serve the Kempshott community in 1995. She is currently Deputy Mayor for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and due to become Mayor in May this year.

Having moved to Basingstoke when she was five, Anne has lived in Kempshott for the last 44 years. Her two children were born, raised and still live in the borough and she now has two granddaughters.

Anne’s mother was German and therefore she spent a large proportion of her earlier years in the small German town of Buckeburg, which she considers her second home town – Basingstoke being her first. Her father was British and his job involved travelling internationally, which is where she gained her understanding and interest in the international community.

1. Who was your childhood hero and why? My father. He travelled the world and brought back lots of interesting things which were not (in those days) available here.

2. What is your most precious possession and why is it important to you? Not a possession as such, but my family. They support me through thick and thin!

3. What was the first record/CD you bought? I cannot remember the title but it was a Heintje record. Heintje was a German singer.

4. What is the radio/television show you hate to miss? Judge Judy – she has a ‘common sense’ approach to justice!

5. What is your favourite film? Pretty Woman.

6. What is your pet hate? Bullying of any kind.

7. What are you reading at the moment? James Patterson – Unlucky 13.

8. If you were choosing a last meal, what would it be? German fried potatoes with a jaeger schnitzel.

9. If you could meet anyone from history, who would it be? Queen Victoria’s nanny! We found her gravestone in an old cemetery in the town where I partly grew up in Germany and have often wondered how it came about that she was buried there.

10. If you had a time machine where would it take you? 50 – 100 years in the future to see how the family have grown and what has become of them. Also to see what the area looks like.

11. If you were stranded on a desert island what luxury would you choose to have with you? My family!

12. What sports team do you support? I am not really a sports team supporter.

13. What was your first job? A Saturday job at Parslows (a bakery) in the town centre selling bread, cakes and sandwiches.

14. If you could take over someone’s job for the day, whose job would you choose? Safari tour driver in Africa – spotting all those animals must be really awesome!

15. What worries you the most? The state of the world today, where we cannot live peacefully together.

16. What is your proudest moment? Two significant personal family events.

17. What would you like your epitaph to be? She tried and succeeded!

18. What’s your guilty pleasure? Sitting on the settee in front of our log fire with the cats next to me!

19. What one thing could change society for the better? A better understanding and appreciation of cultures and beliefs.

20. What three words best describe you? Family, community and caring.