INTERVIEW: The Chapel man and his award winning mice

Carl Pinal's mice.'A Cinnamon mouse which is one of the twenty currently owned by Carl Pinal.
Carl Pinal's mice.'A Cinnamon mouse which is one of the twenty currently owned by Carl Pinal.

Filling his life with hobbies, Carl Pinel has many passions and enjoys being part of the community.

Carl Pinel, of Horse Fair Avenue in Chapel-en-le-Frith, is enjoying retirement with a busy social life. He used to be part of the Chapel book chat group and the Buxton Chess Club.

Carl Pinal.

Carl Pinal.

The 73-year-old said: “When you live alone you need to be part of something otherwise life gets lonely.

“It is nice to be part of something and feel involved.”

He is a trained physiatric nurse and worked in various hospitals across the country.

He first moved to Bakewell in 1981, but then he changed jobs and worked at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

Speaking about the possible closure of the Spencer Ward at the Cavendish Hospital in Buxton, Carl, who is the co-author of a medical textbook on geriatric care, said: “I think it is a disgrace.

“With an aging population, cutting back on beds here and in Bakewell is a terrible idea.

“It seems like a nonsense plan to reduce services when demand will only ever increase.”

When Carl retired, he moved back to Chapel.

He said: “I was regularly using the library and attended the New Mills book group, however relying on public transport was a bit difficult.

“When the idea for a book club in Chapel came about I knew it would be a good idea.”

The group started about ten years ago and Carl became the secretary.

He said: “When they asked who wanted to help out people became very interested with the notices on the wall so I stepped up.”

The group ran for seven years, but as people moved away member numbers fell.

Carl is a keen chess player and was also the secretary for Buxton Chess Club, however the group no longer exists.

However, he does still play postal chess and corresponds with people around the country.

He said: “It’s not a quick game and it can take months to finish.”

The father-of-three and grandad-of-three added he likes being part of the community and likes to keep his mind active, and is also a writer for a publication about mice.

Keeping mice is pet passion

Carl started keeping mice when his children were young. Now a grandad, he is breeding the animals once again.

On Sunday, Carl won a prize for his rare golden and cinnamon agouti mice.

“I have about 40 mice and it takes about an hour and a half a day to look after them,” he said.

“I know some people with 200 mice, but that just takes up too much time.”

He has wins under his belt from shows across the country and explained what makes a winning mouse: “They need to be a good even colour with the fur on their bellies quiet short.

“The tail must be as long as the mouse, and each one must have a full set of whiskers.”
Following on from Chapel Carnival earlier in the summer, Carl won best in show at the pet show for his cinnamon mice.

He said: “I was really surprised as it is normally a dog which captures the judges’ hearts and votes, but it was so nice to win and on my home turf.”