The Hub of the Shotley Peninsula
I have lived in Holbrook for 59 years so I would call myself a Holbrook person
I farmed at Brook Farm with my father for many years. I also took a very active role in looking after Holbrook Creek with Peter Page for many years and was on the Parish Council for a number of years about 25/30 years ago.
I was born in Holbrook and grew up on Heathfield Road, before leaving to study Forestry and Wood Science at Bangor University. I returned to the village in 2013 with my wife, Emily (who also grew up in Holbrook) and our children, George and Esme, to build a timber house on Fishponds Lane.
I have been a Parish Councillor since early 2020, have served as the Tree Warden since 2016 and enjoy contributing regularly to the Parish Papers. I have also been lucky enough to have been involved with friends in organising ‘Captain Blood’ since 2014.
I work in the timber industry and enjoy all aspects of our wonderful surroundings, including long walks and messing about on the river.
Special Responsibilities - Tree Warden
We have lived in Holbrook since 1985 and I have been actively involved with village activities and recently the Parish Council as its Chairman. I believe that the Parish Council should represent all residents, to listen to their concerns and taking them up with the appropriate authorities. It is my intention to continue to be an active member of the community and to be a point of contact for residents.
Special Responsibilities - Chairman
I moved to Holbrook with my parents in 1977 aged 12. You may remember Fisk's Stores on the corner of Ipswich Road and The Street?
Apart from short spells away travelling, I have remained in Holbrook.
My 2 children attended Holbrook Primary & High Schools. They have now moved away due to unaffordable housing, something I would like to improve for future generations.
I enjoy cycling. If you see someone in a yellow jacket and army shorts, that's me..... say hello!"
My family have lived in the village since the 1870s. Two generations of my ancestors, the Wagstaff family, ran the Sorrell Horse Pub (once opposite All Saints Church), as well as running a builder’s company from the same property. My Dad is still a Builder, keeping up the family trade. I left the village to study at Liverpool University in 1994; lived between Ipswich and London between 1998 and 2005; before returning to the peninsula on arrival of my daughter in 2005.
I now live in the East of Holbrook village with my wife, daughter, two Shetland Sheepdogs, tabby cat and five bantam chickens. I am a full-time Teacher, currently working in the Chantry area of Ipswich. I was one of the founding volunteers with Holbrook Helpers, coordinating prescriptions and deliveries of medications during the Covid-19 outbreak.
I endeavour to ensure that residents in my local area have a voice in the Parish and to play my part in keeping Holbrook a safe and tidy place to live. I enjoy long walks with my family; free-camping, hiking and swimming around the Western coast and islands of Scotland; free-writing; playing djembe and bodhran drums; bird-watching; DJing; reading about nature and natural history; and kicking back to watch wildlife documentaries with my family.
Joined PC because if felt if I was fortunate enough to live in such a wonderful village as Holbrook I would like to give back to the community anyway I could
Born and brought up in a village in Somerset, I moved to Suffolk to take up my first teaching post, where, apart from a brief spell in Devon, I have remained.
My family and I moved to Holbrook in 2004 having had contact with RHS and Ipswich High School and realising what a beautiful part of the County it was in which to live. Once retired, I was able to take a more active role in Village life. I joined the Peninsula gym, Peninsula Swimming Club, as well as enjoying Zumba classes at Holbrook Primary - something which I hope will resume soon.
I joined the parish council because I wanted to ensure that all parts of the village were represented. I have a strong interest in environmental issues including recycling and protection of the local countryside. I have lived in Holbrook for 35 years. My three children went to local schools. I have taught at Shotley Primary, Holbrook Primary and Holbrook High (Academy) and worked at Holbrook playgroup and after school club. In the past I started the local toy library and was involved with the Holbrook Brownie pack. I attend Holbrook Methodist church
Over the years I have been involved numerous projects and activities in Holbrook.
I moved (with my parents) from Nottinghamshire to Holbrook in 1970.
Within days of being here I was in love with the village. I have been involved in numerous activities and projects since then.
I was scout leader of the 1st Samford Valley Scout Group for about 4 years,
With Marion Leeson's encouragement, and help, I launched the P3 Group.
In around we bought a small gaff rigged sailing boat and were then able to explore the River Stour in greater depth (excuse the pun).
I attended a meeting at the Compasses in about 1972 when the Holbrook Creek Boat Owners Association was inaugurated.
Since 1992 I have served on the HBOA Committee, as Harbour Master for some of that time.
My primary employer over the years has been with Anglian Water. During this time I worked within numerous teams, on various projects.
I joined Anglian Water in 1986 and retired in 2010, (23 years) only to be asked if I could go back for a couple of months (which turned into a couple of years).. They were very happy years.
Having visited Holbrook regularly as a youngster, our family moved to Holbrook in Oct 2018 and we have fallen in love with the village and surrounding areas. My wife Jennifer and I are very keen runners and can probably be spotted out running around Holbrook and the surrounding areas most days. We have one son, Leonardo, who attends the local school and Scouts. We also have a Cockapoo that we love taking for walks and visits to the local pubs.
As a professional project and change manager, I have spent my career working in large corporations and helping businesses to solve complex and long-term challenges and problems. I am keen to use my passionate and skills for continuous improvement and change to aid our village.
Feel free to stop me and say hello or ask a question if you see. I look forward to seeing around the village.