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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Originally from Solihull in the West Midlands, Karoline moved to Holmes Chapel with her family in 2014. Travelling into the village regularly with two young children, sparked Karoline’s interest in campaigning to improve walking routes in Holmes Chapel and led her to become part of the HCP team.
Most recently, Karoline was a director at a Midnight Communications in Brighton, where she led campaigns for Arundel Castle (home of the Duke of Norfolk), the Youth Sport Trust and legal firm Thomas Eggar for which she regularly secured commentary in the Financial Times and other national newspapers. Her skills set includes copywriting for magazines, websites, brochures and press releases, as well as delivering successful digital campaigns across a variety of social media platforms.
Currently working from home, Karoline is enjoying representing more local clients including florist The Bloom Room, Don Alberto restaurant and special education needs expert, the SEN Blog. She is always keen to hear from local businesses looking for proven communication strategies to achieve their corporate objectives.
Karoline has a degree in American Studies from the University of Reading and also studied at George Mason University in Virginia. She maintains a keen interest in literary fiction and is a member of Holmes Chapel Book Club.
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 and three grandchildren. 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 retired from full-time employment at the end of 2018.
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 the 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 25 years.
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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.