President: Michael Rice
Chairman: Peter Phippen
Peter lives near Stoke Poges and has spent 40 years in the media industry. He used to lead the company which launched the BBC History magazine and associated history weekends…a particular delight, because his hobby for many years and personal passion has been history. This interest led him in recent years to study for an Advanced Diploma in Local History from Oxford, choosing the North Somerset coal mining industry, in which many of his ancestors worked, as his thesis. He became Acting Chairman of HHS in 2020 and Chairman in 2021.
Secretary: John Lovelock
John Lovelock has a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Westminster and his Honours Thesis was on the Women’s Land Army in the First World War (God Speed the Plough and the Woman who Drives it). He moved to Hedgerley in 1992, joining the HHS Committee almost immediately and led the Parish Map Millennium Project and more recently led a team of volunteers researching the lives of the ten men on the village war memorial in St Mary’s Church. This latter project culminated in the publication of Ten Hedgerley Men from The Great War in 2017. As Secretary John is responsible for organising the Programme of monthly talks and special events.
Treasurer: Tim Hanson
Committee Members: Maurice Ridgley
Maurice was born in Hedgerley just under 80 years ago, so is part of our recent history. He attended “Holybush School” and was a very early member of 1st Hedgerley Scouts. Maurice is keen to preserve the history of Hedgerley and surrounds by being involved in the running of HHS.
Committe Member: Sue Whittam
Committee member (and Webmaster): Kevin Langford
Kevin studied History as an under-graduate and enjoyed it so much that he delved deeper, completing an MA in Intellectual History at Sussex University and, subsequently, teacher training at Oxford University. He has been fortunate enough to spend his working life teaching history in a variety of secondary schools and, for many years, was Curriculum Director for Humanities at Langley Grammar School. Good fortune came his way when he moved to Hedgerley in 2006 and discovered that they had a thriving History Society.