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Stroud & Proud – Tim Lee: Grace Network, Minch RFC, Ant Middleton and the smell of freshly baked croissants


Tim Lee and his family have lived in and around Stroud for 10 years. Tim is heavily invested in The Grace Network and its subsidiary businesses such as Kick Off Stroud, The Furniture Bank and Gloucestershire House Clearances based in Brimscombe Mill. He’s also a senior player as well as one of the coaches for the mini and junior section of Minchinhampton rugby club taking on the U7 side next season. 

We put Tim Lee under the spotlight

When are you at your happiest?

I am most happy when I am with people in warm weather, whether that is in a work context or in my downtime with family or friends. 

What has been the scariest moment in your life?

I am not easily scared, however, as a child I was claustrophobic, and a core memory is being in the lift to the top of the empire state building in a lift packed to capacity. I would be fine now but that was a terrible experience.

What has been your biggest disappointment? 

I was unsuccessful with my application to Avon and Somerset Police which was a childhood dream of mine. At the time it was disappointing, but everything happens for a reason and am thankful it didn’t work out because my life is so much more fulfilling doing what I do instead.

Mike Tindall Back in the Game | Stroud & Proud - Tim Lee: Grace Network, Minch RFC, Ant Middleton and the smell of freshly baked croissants
Tim Lee, left, chats to England legend Mike Tindall Photo by David Rogers – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

What is your guiltiest pleasure? 

I really enjoy watching people falling over or hurting themselves (not seriously). It’s a shared love with me and my brothers. Instagram reels do NOT help! The algorithm has me wrapped round its finger!

Who is the most famous person in your phone? 

Define famous…I will bend the question to give a few answers, Tweedy, our well-loved local clown is a phone call away but also my brother-in-law Toby Wells was at one point the youngest British international artic lorry driver at the age of 18 when most teenagers are just about stalling their first car. He now has his own agricultural transport business, Wells Transport Ltd at age 20. 

What is your favourite smell? 

Freshly baked croissants get me every time!

Who would play you in a film about your life? 

If I had to choose then Will Ferrell would represent me best, but the film would be so dull. 1 out of 10, would not recommend it.

What do you like most about living in the Stroud area? 

The amount of green space that is available to enjoy is something that most people take for granted. 

What would you improve about Stroud?

It is a bit niche and I know it isn’t isolated to Stroud but council houses having carpets as a basic need before people are housed in them. I see it so often doing the work I do with Furniture Bank that cold hard floors are the norm for people to move into and watching young children crawling/playing around on them is something that really grinds me. It’s something I want to combat in the future.

What is your ideal weekend?

Being outside, playing sport and being around people and maybe a few drinks.

What is on your bucket list? 

Travelling is something that interests me, I have chosen to have a family young and travel in the future whereas most travel between school and university. I have travelled well being brought up in a military family, but Australia, New Zealand and Asia interests me. 

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Telling other people, the things you need creates solutions, someone always knows someone else who can help with a problem. Try it.

What book and song would you take with you if stranded on an uninhabited island? 

It would be an autobiography but no idea who. I enjoy people like Joe Marler, James Haskell, or Ant Middleton but I have read all of those. Suggestions welcome…There is not one song in the world I could listen to on repeat on its own. I really enjoy old-school Kanye West. 

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