New Chairman for Holmes Chapel Partnership

Hazel Sutcliffe,

Well, actually Chairwoman, if we are being precise. My name is Hazel Sutcliffe and I have been associated with the Partnership since its inception and have been involved in most of the major projects. I became Chair at our 2109 AGM on 24th April.

My association with Holmes Chapel goes back further than most, since my great grandfather moved here at the beginning of the 20th century. I studied and worked in different parts of the UK and in Europe for over 20 years and then came back to my roots – in fact directly back since my husband and I moved into what was my family home 3 years ago. I am what some call “old Holmes Chapel” but am keen to reach out to “new Holmes Chapel” so that the village continues to have that same community feel as it grows.

I am often to be seen out and about on my bike. I am a keen gardener and naturalist and try to be as “green” as I can. My husband, Pete, and I keep bees and produce honey. In my working life I was a teacher of Modern Languages and still retain an affinity with and close ties to Europe: I run a French “talking shop” for the U3A, write and mark examinations in German. I have close family living in Germany - our younger daughter is a biodiversity expert working on a project at Goettingen University. Our other daughter lives with her German partner and two small children near Oxford.

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