Ian hangs up his cycle clips


A familiar figure on his bike around Craven Arms is about to hang up his cycle clips.

Long-serving Just Credit Union employee Ian Dodd is retiring at the age of 60.

He can be seen every week on one of his seven bikes delivering the Just Credit Union message to savers and borrowers and attending Stokesay Primary School as well as the Gateway, Craven Arms, the head office of the Shropshire Housing Group.

Keen cyclist Ian, who lives in Craven Arms, doesn’t drive so relies on his bike to carry out his duties as an outreach workers for Just Credit Union.

At one time, he towed a small trailer behind his bike so that he could carry promotional material to prospective clients of the members only, local financial co-operative.

During his career with Just Credit Union he remembers cycling to their branches in Ludlow and Church Stretton which was an ‘important part of the role,’ said Ian.

“I used to support the branches in South Shropshire as well as a shop in Bishop’s Castle. People paid money in, but today they have cards which are accepted by the Post Office and newsagents.

“What hasn’t changed is the need to continue raising the Just Credit Union profile through delivering leaflets out and about which has made my presence in the area very important.

“One of the biggest clients is the Shropshire Housing Group where I am based one day a week to refer tenants and staff to our services, which now include payroll services for workers.”

Of his retirement at the end of next month, he said: “I hope to continue my lifelong interest in cycling which includes getting out and about exploring the highways and byways of this wonderful part of the world.”

Said Karen Farrow, Just Credit Union Manager at their Shrewsbury head office on Castle Gates: “Ian is our longest-serving employee and has done sterling work spreading our message throughout South Shropshire.

“As a result, Just Credit Union is very strong in that part of the county and this will lead to us forging stronger links with fellow co-operatives in that area in the near future.”