The Committee is made up of unpaid volunteers from the local community, plus representatives from Holmes Chapel Parish Council and Cheshire East Council.


We also have a professional Project Officer who manages the administrative side of the Partnership on a part-time basis.

Honorary Members

Hazel Sutcliffe



Hazel was born in the village and has family connections with Holmes Chapel going back over 100 years. She has lived in various other towns and countries but returned "home" about 30 years ago.

She retired as a teacher of French and German some years ago but keeps up her languages by running a French conversation group with the U3A and is still involved with the production and marking of German exams. She has been on the committee of the Partnership since its inception. She is keen to be green and keeps trying to promote cycling and walking as an alternative to the car. Both with the Partnership and the South East Cheshire Cycling Action Group she has been involved in the production of maps to facilitate this. She represented Partnership on the Dane Meadow Project Board and has maintained the connection with Dane Meadow by running the Friends group.

She loves gardening and producing her own fruit and veg. She helps husband, Pete, with his beekeeping and, when time and energy allow, they go cycling and swimming. They have two daughters one of whom lives with her partner and two children near Oxford, and one who is a biodiversity expert based in Germany.

Teresa McFarquhar


Teresa has lived in Holmes Chapel since 1984 and, since being widowed in 1998, has been a single mum to two boys who were both educated in the village and are now in their mid twenties. Teresa is a Medical Scientist by training and worked at ICI / AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals at Alderley Park for 30 years as a Clinical Project Manager and External Performance Director with responsibility for organising and running global clinical trials for the evaluation of new medicines. With the planned move of the company to Cambridge she took redundancy and early retirement at the end of 2014.

Teresa is actively involved in village life. She is Secretary of Holmes Chapel Camera Club and a member of the U3A, Cranage Leisure Club, Jodrell Decorative and Fine Art Society (JoDFAS), and Holmes Chapel and District Tangent. Joining the Partnership is an opportunity to utilise her organisational and Project Management skills for the benefit of the local community and constructively fill some of her free time in retirement.

Ordinary Members

Richard Garton


Richard moved to Holmes Chapel from London in 1981. 

He has two adult children, currently in Bristol and India.


He retired in 2002, having spent his working life in IT, as programmer, analyst, salesman and consultant.


Over 25 years, at different times he was Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman of the Twinning Association. He, was Secretary of the Rotary Club of Holmes Chapel and is currently Chairman of 41 Club, and Secretary of Church Hulme Men’s Probus, where he also organises the Crown Green Bowls section.

Pat Macmaster


Pat has lived in Holmes Chapel for over 40 years and has been involved with many charities throughout that time. Currently, having retired, she is a coordinator for Christian Communicare and drive those without transport to their medical appointments around the area. She is a member of Holmes Chapel Methodist Church and assists with the Village Memory Cafe fortnightly. Some people may know her from working at the Leisure Centre and the Comprehensive School for many years. She also helps at Hermitage Primary School where her grandchildren attend.

Dorothy Davidson

Events Co-ordinator

Dorothy has lived in Holmes Chapel since 1973, she and her first husband, Ivor, had three children.  Having been widowed in 1996, Dorothy married Alex in 2008.

Dorothy has always held a great interest in local matters and is known to many people with her various contacts within the community.  In 1992 Dorothy opened ‘Happy Days’ to serve the community with its first nursery school and ‘out of school club’.   Dorothy is an active member of Holmes Chapel Methodist Church running their memory cafe being one of her roles here and she is still involved with Guiding, an organisation to which she has given a rewarding life time of service in many and varied capacities.

Dorothy joined the Partnership after organising the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Holmes Chapel.  Although joining in the role of Events co-ordinator, Dorothy’s work with the Partnership has included helping to produce the original Welcome brochure, now updated to Holmes Chapel Guide, and she is the current Partnership lead for their project in making Holmes Chapel a Dementia Friendly Community.  

Dorothy is very aware that Holmes Chapel is expanding but she believes that we can work together to keep our caring, welcoming and community atmosphere and as Events co-ordinator and a Dementia Champion she appeals to all of us to do just that.

Peter Whiers

Project Officer

Peter has lived in Holmes Chapel since 1988 when he moved to the area to work on the Sizewell B project. He is married to Philippa and has two grown-up children. Although originally working in Nuclear Engineering, Peter changed his career path to work in Economic Development and then moved to be the Chief Executive of South East Cheshire Enterprise and the Borough of Congleton Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 he returned to Nuclear Engineering but has recently retired from full-time employment.

Peter has been actively involved in the Holmes Chapel community, as a member and past Chairman of both the Holmes Chapel Round Table and Holmes Chapel 41 Club over a period of 30 years. Now working for the Partnership (one day a week), he hopes to use his experience to assist the Partnership to fully engage with our expanding village and to help make Holmes Chapel an even better place to live, for the young, the old and that big group in the middle which he is a member of.

Peter enjoys football and has been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford for 20+ years.

Co-opted Members

Anita Armitt

Co-opted Member

I’ve lived in Holmes Chapel since 1967 and have been actively involved in the local community since I was a youngster, having had Saturday jobs at Mandeville’s and later the local library. My husband Philip and I have four grown-up children, all raised and educated in Holmes Chapel.


Whilst bringing up my children, I was a founding member of the Holmes Chapel Community Playgroup. I was active for many years with the village Drama Group, the Brownies, and I volunteered at the local Primary School. I was also a founding member of the village Community Minibus Association, which proved to be an invaluable service to the community, particularly for Communicare and the Comprehensive School.


I have worked with a good friend to raise much-needed funds for cancer care charities, an issue that is very close to my heart. The main feature was an annual charity golf day held at Mere Golf and Country Club, raising over £80,000. I currently have an active role in the Royal British Legion as the Branch Treasurer and help out wherever I can with local community organisations.


Since joining the Parish Council four years ago, I’ve worked to help implement improvements for the local community. This includes working to increase pedestrian and road safety, as well as serving on the Village Infrastructure and Amenities committees. However, there is still much we can do to make Holmes Chapel an even more appealing and safe place to live than it already is. 


As a Parish Councillor, I have been privileged to serve as part of a team dedicated to listening to and addressing the problems and concerns of our local residents and to be involved in planning for our future. I'm very lucky to have been able to serve the community that I love, and I hope to be able to continue doing so with your support.

Les Gilbert

Cheshire East Councillor

Les was elected to Cheshire East Council at its inception in 2009 and represents Dane Valley Ward.  He has served on Licensing Committee, Appeals Committee (Vice Chairman), Southern Planning Committee (Vice Chairman), Environment & Prosperity Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Chairman), Audit & Governance Committee and Public Rights of Way Committee.  He was a Cabinet Member for four years.   He has also served on the Boards of Tatton Park and Marketing Cheshire.


He has been instrumental in getting HGVs banned from the centre of Holmes Chapel, the provision of new roundabouts at each end of Manor Lane and a pedestrian crossing at Middlewich Road Primary School.


His top priority is a Holmes Chapel relief road or other traffic alleviation measures to improve the quality of life for local residents.  He believes that most traffic should go round the Village, not through it.


Les stands for the preservation of the quality of life in Dane Valley Ward including opposition to inappropriate development in the countryside and the loss of greenfield sites. He supports the redevelopment of brownfield sites which could provide a substantial amount of affordable housing and prevent too many of our children being forced out of the area by the lack of affordable starter homes.  He is also advocating more suitable houses to which empty nesters can downsize, thereby freeing up large family homes and reducing the need to build more.

Rab Parry

Holmes Chapel Parish Council

Contrary to popular belief, I was born in Wales, but moved to Scotland at age 10; and it was Scotland which seemed to have more of an impression on me.


I am married to Jenny and we have two grown-up children and 2 grandchildren. For most of my working life, I was employed by ICI as a Technical Support Manager & DBA, retiring from their offices in Northwich in 1992.


I have lived in Holmes Chapel since 1968 and for a long part of that time I have been involved in local government in the area serving on the following councils:


  • Holmes Chapel Parish Council from 1980 to present, having been Chairman twice

  • Congleton Borough Council from 1981 to 2003 where, at various times, I

    • chaired the Finance and also Planning Committees

    • was Exec member for resources

    • was Borough Mayor in the year 1999/00

    I am now an Honorary Alderman of the Borough

  • Cheshire County Council from 1993 to 2001 where I was Deputy Chairman in the years 2000/01 and majored in Education, Police, Fire & Social Services.

  • I have been a Director of Cheshire Community Council for many years.

I have taken an active interest in various local organisations including a local art club.


With this experience behind me, the best interests of Holmes Chapel are in my heart and I am keen to see our village well looked after.

Partner Representatives

Michelle Boath

Holmes Chapel Parish Council

Michelle has lived in Holmes Chapel for almost 30 years and now live a short distance outside the village. Holmes Chapel is central to my life and where I visit to use services including the medical centre, shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.


I’ve had a fulfilling working life, first as a process engineer, and now as a director of a small consultancy firm working in the public sector. In my spare time I volunteer for a local greyhound and lurcher rescue, enjoy walking with my husband and our two rescue dogs, and make use of Holmes Chapel library’s excellent reading groups service.


I joined the Parish Council because I heard it needed new members with fresh ideas and I believe I have the skills (commercial and technical) and motivation to make a positive contribution. I have flexibility over the hours I work, and now my sons are grown up and moved away, I have more time available. 

The rapid growth in and around Holmes Chapel over the last few years makes it more important that we work together to make sure local infrastructure meets community needs for the future. We need to preserve access to the green spaces, culture, and recreational facilities which make Holmes Chapel such a lovely place to live and visit. Ensuring that we also meet the needs of the younger population is very important to me. I am also interested in how we can improve pedestrian and cycling routes around the village and in reducing the impact of heavy traffic, particularly HGVs.

Jade Stone

Everybody Sport & Recreation

Jade represents the Holmes Chapel Community Centre management team (Everybody Support & Recreation).


Holmes Chapel Partnership is an independent voluntary organisation with professional help from a part time Project Officer. The purpose is to facilitate projects which benefit the whole community in and around Holmes Chapel.


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