Meet Councillor Ray Mossom
I’m Ray Mossom (never Raymond – only my mum used Raymond or my dad when I was in trouble).
I’m the Conservative councillor for Owlsmoor.
Where would you like to be right now?
I’m from Newcastle and I think Northumberland is the most beautiful county in Britain. It has everything: one of the best, brightest cities in the country, fantastic beaches, beautiful forests and amazing castles.
The only downside is the North East weather - I was about 10 before I realised that rain and snow usually fell vertically, not horizontally!
Where’s your favourite place in Bracknell Forest?
I have an Irish Wolfhound and I really enjoy all the places to go walking here. Shepherd Meadows and the River Blackwater are absolutely beautiful. I always meet lots of people and chat a lot when I’m out there.
Tell us something not many people know about you
I coached Peter Beardsley aged 11to 18. After a knee injury ended my football career I started coaching. I ran a pub football team where his 2 brothers played and Peter started playing too. You could tell he was something special!
What makes you angry or gets you annoyed?
Rude or arrogant people. I believe we’re all the same on the inside and it’s important to recognise everyone as an individual, no matter what their position or job. I can’t stand any “don’t you know who I am?” behaviour.
Who or what inspires you?
My parents. My mother’s dad died when she was 6 months old, leaving her mum to raise 4 daughters alone in 1914, which must have been hard. My dad was a lorry driver who did everything he could to keep the money coming in, despite redundancy.
My parents also lost 2 children, one aged 18 months and one aged 2 and a half. They always managed to keep going, despite difficulties and sadness, and they have given me those core values too.
Which local charity are you passionate about?
Sporting Memories, a national charity with a local branch where I volunteer.
The charity supports older people with dementia, depression and loneliness by involving them in activities and helping them to share memories. It was established by the children of footballers from the 40s and 50s who were suffering with dementia, possibly linked to heading the ball.
You can really see people come alive when they share their memories or try the activities. Volunteering there is the highlight of my week.
If you had a warning label what would it say?
Doesn’t suffer fools gladly!
What did you want to be when you were a child?
A professional footballer for Newcastle United. Where I’m from there’s no other choice!
My other passion was the RAF - I wanted to be a pilot. I started building model kits from age 12 and had loads hanging from my bedroom ceiling. I was in the cadets from 13 and I passed the exam to join the RAF, but unfortunately didn’t pass the pilot’s exam.
What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week?
I hadn’t seen my 2 year old granddaughter for about a month but I saw her again last week. She’s a real chatterbox and as mad as box of frogs.
She’s at that lovely age where she’s learning so much and always says what she thinks. She makes me laugh!