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Coffee Break with Andrea Shipley, manager of Ashbourne Mind charity shop

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

  • Andrea Shipley, manager of Mind charity store in St John STreet, Ashbourne.

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Name: Andrea Shipley.

Age: 50. But only just.

Lives: Ashbourne.

Married: No.

Kids: Yes, two. Jacob is 13 and Becca is 22.

About you: I'm happy-go-lucky, kind, friendly and up for a laugh (within reason!). People tell me I'm a good listener.

Three things you like: Wine, more wine, champagne and dancing. Yes, I know that's four things.

Three things you dislike: Ashbourne's traffic, and the fact there is no disco in town, and no cinema either come to think of it. Why not?

Are you an up'ard or down'ard: Up'ard.

Born and bred: I left Ashbourne in my 20s and lived in London for 27 years, returning for visits. I have lived back in Ashbourne since 2010.

Not a lot has changed apart from the pubs are quieter and there are less of them and the night life is not so exciting as it was when I was a teenager.

But I have settled in quite well and enjoy working and living in Ashbourne, especially seeing my friends and family.

I would love Ashbourne to get a cinema, bowling alley and better shops!

Family matters: I have two lovely kids, it's a brilliant family, and they have been my rock.

Work-wise: I'm the manager at Mind charity shop in St John Street. I love it, it's the best job I ever had, and the brilliant volunteers always make my day.

What are you best at: Dancing and laughing.

Your ideal holiday: Somewhere hot and swimming with the dolphins, lying on a beach, having some gorgeous guy wait on me, with a nice six-pack, and I don't mean beer.

Your favourite food: Indian or Mexican.

Who inspires you: Siouxsie Sioux, lead singer of Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Annie Lennox.

If you ruled the world, what is the one thing you would change: My car and my wages! No, not really, I'd end world poverty.

What would it say on your epitaph: Let's just have another. It's always good to help.

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