The Holmes Chapel Partnership Committee
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 paid Project Officer who manages the administrative side of the Partnershipon day-to-day basis.
Stuart Gammon (Chairman)
Stuart has lived in the village since 1987, having moved up to Cheshire from Hampshire. Before retiring in early 2014 he was a Service Manager with a large international computer company; he is married to Linda, and has two grown-up sons.
Stuart got involved with the Parish Plan group in 2008 and helped transform it into the current Partnership at the start of 2011. He is passionate about all aspects of community projects and is keen to make a real difference to both quality of life in and the economy of the village.
Hazel Sutcliffe (Vice Chair)
Hazel was actually 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 20 years ago.
She used to be a teacher of French and German but is now a freelance educationalist. She is involved in many local groups and represents the Partnership on the Dane Meadow Project Board. She and husband, Pete, spend their free time cycling, beekeeping and gardening. They have two grown up daughters. When the previously mentioned activities allow, they enjoy travelling – particularly in Europe.
Phil Hargreaves (Treasurer)
Phil has been a resident of Holmes Chapel for 40 years, and has a long history of involvement in community events and societies.
He is a retired IT manager, and is married with two grown-up children.
Dorothy Davidson (Events Coordinator)
Dorothy moved to Holmes Chapel in 1973; she has always placed importance on serving and supporting community life, but her first love is her family.
She has always held a great interest in local matters and is known to many people with her various contacts with the community. These include her role as a former teacher at Holmes Chapel Primary School, a former parent governor and Chairperson of Hermitage Primary School PTA and a past member of the Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School PTA. 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 and is still involved with Guiding, an organisation to which she has given a rewarding ‘life time’ of service in many and varied capacities.
Dorothy was invited to join the Partnership after organising the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations for the Parish Council. She is very aware that in the coming years, Holmes Chapel is going to change but she believes that we can work together to still keep our village atmosphere and as Events co-ordinator she appeals to all of us to do just that.
Glyn Chambers (Project Officer)
Glyn supports the Partnership professionally for one day a week, helping with project delivery, advising on various local issues and very importantly helping find grant funding for our projects. He previously worked for Congleton Borough Council and was Holmes Chapel’s parish friend.
Glyn has extensive experience of setting up community partnerships and has detailed knowledge of local government and its new and empowering relationships with Parish Councils and their communities. He is a member of Congleton Amateur Operatics as well as other organisations in the Congleton area.
Mike Blomeley (Holmes Chapel Parish Council)
Les Gilbert (Cheshire East Council)
Les has lived in Holmes Chapel for over 15 years. He is a retired solicitor and has served on the Licensing Committee, Appeals Committee (Vice Chairman), Southern Planning Committee (Vice Chairman) and Environment & Prosperity Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Chairman). He is currently the Cabinet Member for Localism and Enforcement
Les stands for 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 currently campaigning to alleviate highways issues in Holmes Chapel, especially HGVs, parking and speeding.
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.
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Mike moved to Holmes Chapel from Lancashire in 2014 with his wife, Joan. He worked in textile manufacturing for almost 40 years, before taking early retirement; he then spent some time in consultancy work and owning a retail clothing business.
Mike became a Parish Councillor and Chairman for two years, before being elected to the District Council, with two years as Council Leader. After moving to Holmes Chapel, he became involved in the Neighbourhood Plan process which then led to him joining the Parish Council and later being the Council's representative on the Partnership.
Mike and Joan have a married daughter and two wonderful grandsons; sadly, their son died when he was just fifteen.
He really enjoys his involvement in community affairs and says it's a great way of getting to know more about this lovely village and its residents.