Originally from Omagh in Northern Ireland, Arlene originally came to the stores to take over from her daughter, Lauren, who had signed up to a Duke of Edinburgh stint for a few months, but then didn’t have enough time...Arlene stepped in and has been here ever since!   

As it turned out, it coincided nicely with Arlene’s retirement from legal practice in The City, where she had worked as a shipping finance lawyer since 1991.

Having graduated from Dundee University, Arlene gradually moved southwards, first to Manchester for her legal practice course, then Battersea, Balham and South Croydon!

She and husband Mike (also in the shipping industry) moved to Hookwood Park in Limpsfield almost 6 years ago, having discovered the village through work meetings and sampled the delights of The Bull for the odd meal out “in the country”!

“It was destiny”, says Arlene of moving to Limpsfield. “We went to South Africa for our 10th wedding anniversary and were told by a local fortune teller we would eventually move to a modern house with a swimming pool. Up to then we had lived in Edwardian houses and thought this was highly unlikely, but that’s exactly what we found in Limpsfield!”

Having always been a keen gardener, Arlene had never tried growing vegetables, but now does so with great success and a lot of enjoyment. Aside from gardening, she loves going to the theatre in London, Pilates, Ballet X classes and walking with her little Westie, Alfie. Her big love, however is rugby. A massive Ireland supporter, no one sits on the Irish sofa with Arlene when the six nations is on!

“Having spent my working life behind a desk, in meetings or travelling, my main aim when I retired was to spend as much time as possible outside and to get fitter”, says Arlene. “I love the fact I can walk out of my front door for a dog walk, straight into the woods and stunning countryside.  I also love The Bull Inn and am really excited about its new incarnation as Enterprising Limpsfield.”

Arlene loves a good laugh – particularly at the many stories her husband tells...or rather at his inability to finish them as he is laughing at them too much himself!!

She’s partial to the plum bread, and don’t ever turn your back on a packet of Giant Dairy Milk Buttons… she finds them very hard to resist…