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w A Day in Aresey with . . . . . . Jon Boys Jon has lived in Arlesey for 17 years with his family and two dogs. He recently organised a firewalking fundraising event at Arlesey Football Club in aid of St Peter’s Church yard fund. The event saw 10 Arlesey residents, including Rev Geoffrey Boult and ATC councillor Mick Holloway brave the burning hot embers. The sponsorship money totalled over £900 and the participants built their personal self esteem and over came fears during the motivational evening!  Questions by Jodie Chillery How long have you’ve lived in Arlesey? We moved to Arlesey in 2000 from Henlow. I share the house with my wife Sue, my daughter Jillian, her partner Dave, Angus the 17 year old Westie and Poppy our crazy 7 year old chocolate Labrador. I also have a son, Chris who lives in London. Tell us about firewalking, what is it? Firewalking is lots of things. It is used around the world as a right of passage and personal transformation ceremony. Last year we ran an event for Baby Spice Emma Bunton.  We run charity fundraising firewalks, corporate firewalks and train firewalking instructors. People quite literally have their lives changed when doing firewalks.  It is deeply empowering. I first did a firewalk back in 1999 and loved what it did for me so much, that I have been running them ever since. I went out to California in 2005/6 to train as an instructor under Master trainer, Tolly Burkan. I am now part of the team at www.firewalk.co.uk based in Cambridgeshire, training instructors from all around the world. You’re also quite musical - What do you play? I joined the church choir at 8.  My mum gave me my first guitar when I was 7 years old. I immediately learned as many Beatles songs as I could and started performing with friends. I have been in bands ever since and now teach others to play as well as perform at open mic nights from time to time.  The days of gigging and getting in at 4am are long gone but I still love my music.  We have some amazing musicians in Arlesey and I enjoy jamming with them at the local pubs. I write my own songs and my What is the best thing about living in Arlesey? I love the peace and quiet of Arlesey. I live in Ramerick Gardens and in 30 seconds can be walking my dogs in the countryside.  What do you do to relax? To relax I write music and teach guitar, do yoga, walk my dogs and meditate. I am always looking for new guitar students if there is any budding guitarist out there!  I love all kinds of music but Prog Rock is my favourite genre. I also love watching films, reading novels, psychology and personal development books. If you’re interested in taking part in a fire walk or organising a fire walking event for your charity or company visit www.firewalk.co.uk n only claim to fame was having one of my songs recorded and performed by Ocean Colour Scene as the funeral of a mate’s mum a few years back.  It was deeply emotional as the place was packed with over 500 people. I am actually looking for musicians to help me with a project later this summer so if you are interested do get in touch. Jon@thevapartnership.co.uk What was your first ever job?  My very first job was working on my Dads farm back in 1971. However, that was hard graft so I left farming and joined the RAF.  www.facebook.com/groups/onthebutton/ | #infoonthebutton | on the button issue 59 July 2017 11