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David Donaldson

David Donaldson

Community Team, Chair

Website Editor

Assistant Scout Leader

Sharon and I married in 1972. We have lived at Oakwood since 1976,when my employer offered me a promotion involving a move to Leeds. We are retired, have four adult children, nine grandchildren and are ‘next of kin’ for an elderly family member now in a Care Home. Family and friendships are very important to us

I celebrate diversity and believe strongly in the principles that underpin Christian and most other religious faiths, which I often sum up as ‘being kind to ourselves and kind to others’ 1 Corinthians 13


All four of our children enjoyed, and their personal social development benefited greatly, from Scouting and Guiding at Oakwood Church. Our elder and younger daughters and our younger son all progressed to Leadership roles before family responsibilities (and their demanding careers as Primary School Teachers) absorbed most of their free time

In 2001, when I chose to retire,I have tried to follow their example and as a Cub and Scout Leader learned a vast range of new people skills - quite unlike those I had successfully employed in my 30 year career as a business manager, processes and systems engineer, project manager, and Management Accountant.

I wish I knew back then what I know now about herding cats and catching soot in a net! In Scouting I am positively encouraged to go out and have fun, create and participate in adventures and experiences which help expand young people’s minds, challenge them and build their social skills and self confidence and esteem


As well as enjoying social and charitable events, I love the Art group, Walking group, Scottish Dancing and the Mens Meeting where I feel blessed with the company of good friends and neighbours

‘Joining in’ helps us both be creative, improves our fitness, expands our knowledge, enhances our wellbeing and the overall quality of our married life. It allows us to contribute to our local community; and we feel valued by it. Being part of the Oakwood Church family has brought an immense amount of purpose, warmth and laughter to our lives

In 2013 I was invited to Chair the Community Team at Oakwood Church, which is an honour

Our Digital World

In 2010 it dawned on me me that while most of us have learned to enjoy and exploit the benefits of our digital world, many of us didn’t grow up with it and some remain baffled, frustrated and even angered by it

From 2011 to 2017 Oakwood Church supported me to host a monthly open meeting (between October and Easter each year) where people of all ages could bring their questions and concerns. We tried to help one another get to grips with those digital technologies that make a real difference to our lives; or learn enough about them to feel comfortable safely ignoring those which need not impact us. The installation of Free WiFi at the Church in January 2015 greatly assisted us

Oakwood Church Website

I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of learning new technical skills and trying to create something which is unlike any other website I have encountered. The design team wanted every page to be concise, consistent, uncluttered, information rich, owned by somebody and easy to maintain. The site aims to be colourfully attractive, intuitive to navigate, use plain language and relatively large text – so that it can be enjoyed on any device by almost anyone, regardless of age or ability. Our philosophy has been ‘simplest is best’

Other interests

I volunteer at Leeds Mind where I facilitate Peer Support Groups and help write and facilitate Courses and Workshops

Sharon and I enjoy researching family and local History and we  helped create the Walk Around the Clock and Time Will Tell ‘Heritage’ aspects of the Oakwood Clock Restoration project

I know almost nothing about ball sports but have followed F1 since 1958. I find compelling fascination in its combination of  science, engineering, commercial enterprise, teamwork and individual contribution

Finally, we enjoy taking time out for walking, gardening, DIY, caravan touring holidays in the UK and Europe, and adventurous international travel

If only there were more hours in each day and days in a year…

Last Updated 30 April 2018


‘Noonday Sun’ 24 September 2012

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