Not so much a decision as a sequence of events - I married into the village! I left home at 16 to join the Army and then my parents moved while I was abroad (but I found out where they had moved to
). I thus felt I had no allegiance to anywhere in particular. When I met Anne as a result of a pen-pal request on Radio Caroline, and then married her, Steeple Aston had been her home for many years so eventually became mine. We had lived in Colchester, Guildford, Kirknewton (nr Edinburgh), Winchester, Berlin and Church Crookham (nr Aldershot) before she was able to return to her home at Cherry Trees. For many reasons I have not been able to play much of a part in the life of the village but still consider it to be my home. It is now "where I come from" and where I will remain.