Meet the lo­cal Heart­felt vol­un­teer cap­tur­ing life­long mem­o­ries for oth­ers

Meet trea­surer of High­fields Pioneer Vil­lage, Jody Dodds, a lover of all things lo­cal and new mum

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN HIGH­FIELDS FOR?

I was born into High­fields in the late 70s — my par­ents moved away and then re­turned in the late 80s.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE HIGH­FIELDS RE­GION?

My par­ents moved here in the 60s — they were very dif­fer­ent times and High­fields was made up of mainly hobby farms and pig­geries then.

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN THE RE­GION CHANGE SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN LIV­ING AND WORK­ING HERE?

Over time peo­ple have come to ap­pre­ci­ate High­fields for its tall tim­bers and (now) lots of con­ve­niences such as schools and shops, but in the early days there were many small farms in the area. Many peo­ple from pro­vin­cial back­grounds would down­size their farms to a hobby farm in view of re­tir­ing.

When I was lit­tle, I would catch the bus from school and ride my bike the rest of the way home.

There were cows in the pad­dock where the Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­tre is now.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE HIGH­FIELDS RE­GION HOTSPOT?

The Pioneer Vil­lage of course, it is like an al­ter­nate uni­verse — be­ing taken back in time.

WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO TAKE FRIENDS OR FAM­ILY MEM­BERS WHEN THEY VISIT?

High­fields Pioneer Vil­lage, the many cof­fee shops in the area and the Cuckoo Clock Cen­tre.

DE­SCRIBE A FAVOURITE MEM­ORY FROM YOUR TIME IN HIGH­FIELDS?

My wed­ding day with my hus­band Shaun at the Pioneer Vil­lage would be my favourite. Rid­ing to the Plaza and town pool on my bike with my friends as a kid would be a close sec­ond.

HOW DO YOU PAR­TIC­I­PATE IN THE COM­MU­NITY?

I vol­un­teer at the High­fields Pioneer Vil­lage when­ever I can — the billy tea there is amaz­ing and the other vol­un­teers are a great bunch of peo­ple.

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