John and his wife have been members of Dronfield Civic Society since the early days but until five or six years ago were not active in the society.
With David Ingham, John sought the views and help of the Civic Society with concerns about traffic and road safety in the town. This eventually resulted in Derbyshire County Council introducing additional calming measures.
John and David were welcomed onto the committee and quickly found themselves as chair and vice-chair.
John sees the Society as an important and independent voice for the town and strongly believes that through a collective voice, the society has greater weight in dealings with the three local councils.
John has been a member of the committee for five years and was responsible for the initial development of the Dronfield Civic Society's website and newsletter.
David has lived in Dronfield for over 30 years, with a break of five years when working in the United States. He graduated in aeronautical engineering and has a post-graduate qualification in business studies. He is a former chairman of the Railway Industry Association.
David joined Dronfield Civic Society when concerned about traffic problems in the town and realised that working through an experienced organisation like the Civic Society was more effective than campaigning alone.
David’s other areas of interest include economic regeneration, conservation and licensing. David is an active supporter of Dronfield Rugby Union Football Club and Coal Aston Cricket Club.
Judith Vernier has been a member of the committee since 2002 and has recorded meeting minutes until May 2014. She currently continues general secretarial duties for DCS as well as more practical activities, being almost as experienced at litter picking as David Hallam.
Having been employed by a railway engineering company, she inevitably became a founding member of the Friends of Dronfield Station and, with an interest in local history, copy edits the Old Dronfield Society biannual publication, The Miscellany.
Jane became involved with Dronfield Civic Society through the Unstone Line Project. Following the successful completion of the project, she was invited to join the committee as membership secretary. Jane also has responsibility for producing the quarterly newsletters and designed this website.
Representing Unstone on the committee, she liaises with Unstone Parish Council on matters of concern and undertakes regular litter picking duties in Unstone, Hundall and Apperknowle.
Jane has a background in education and a keen interest in the local area. In 2012 she published a book about Unstone’s history and is a regular writer for The Miscellany.
Robert has been a member of Dronfield Civic Society for 22 years. He was vice chairman from 2006 to 2011.
Robert originally joined the Civic Society for support to help prevent opencasting on green belt land. His two year campaign to prevent this happening was successful.
Some years later, Robert got involved in a lengthy but sucessful campaign to prevent the expansion of Callywhite Lane onto nearby countryside.
Robert's interests are planning and the environment so he is keen to see the introduction of NEDDC’s Local Plan. Robert works in conjunction with Dronfield in Bloom and has planted many of the town’s bulbs.
Robert was born in Dronfield, attended local schools and has worked in the construction industry for more than 25 years.
He became a life member of Dronfield Civic Society after receiving a John Robert Clough Award in 2014 for the quality of his construction work on Princess Road.
As a committee member, Robert will take on the role of reviewing planning applications. He has a keen interest in helping to protect the heritage of the town.
David has spent a lifetime in the construction industry, and on retiring joined the Civic Society.
When he is not playing with his vintage tractors or restoring old farm machinery he likes nothing better than to get involved in hands on projects.
These include: litter picking, helping local school children to make bird boxes, repairing seats, laying mesh along the slippery Unstone Line board walk and organising and working with the Community Payback Scheme with young offenders.
David has in his time with Dronfield Civic Society, planted thousands of daffodil and crocus bulbs around the town.
John has lived in Dronfield Woodhouse for 18 years and has been a member of the Civic Society for 4 years. He is also an active member of the Friends of Dronfield Station, sometimes getting more paint on the fences than on himself!
John worked in the National Health Service in Rotherham for 28 years before his retirement.
As many of you will be aware three of our committee members will be stepping down at the AGM in May.
John Harvey has been an excellent Chairman for almost a decade and we wish John well for the future. No doubt he will still play a key part in the life of the town through his interest in local planning, the Safer Dronfield Campaign and as co-ordinator of the History Research Group associated with Dronfield Hall Barn.
Judith Vernier has been wanting to step down as Secretary for more than three years. Judith has been much more than our Secretary and has always been part of the organising, the letter writing, the monitoring of planning applications, delivering newsletters and until John Hinchcliffe took over, the Minute Taker at almost every committee meeting.
Judith is involved with many Dronfield groups including FoDS, the Old Dronfield Society and she delivers Meals on Wheels. Judith hopes to devote more time to her garden but has offered to continue delivering the newsletters on her patch and keeping a watchful eye on planning applications.
David Ingham joined the Society at the same time as John Harvey. David has had a number of roles including Vice Chair and Treasurer as well as introducing and promoting the first Civic Society Photographic Competition.
We wish David and Susan well as they take on serious grand parenting duties.
We welcome Jo Wright as our new Membership Secretary. Jo brings a wealth of experience from her work with U3A.
John Hinchcliffe will be taking on additional duties as Secretary.
We are pleased that Mick Kirk will be our new Treasurer.
If any members would like to join the committee, please get in touch.