Andrew retired in May 2010, having practised as a solicitor for 38 years, 34 of them in the Tunbridge Wells area. He and his wife Margo have lived in Rotherfield for more than 30 years. As one of the original trustees of the Millennium Green he has been dedicated from the outset to its development as a valuable amenity for the village. His particular passion is the heritage apple orchard in Upper Wallis Field. Andrew was elected Chairman of the Trustees in 2006. Andrew retired from his position as chairman in 2012 but remains a very active trustee.
John Richardson – Secretary
John Richardson, our Secretary, has lived in the village with his wife, Hilary, for 40 years. They have three children.
John played football and cricket for Rotherfield and was Hon. Secretary for both the football and Sports clubs. He is also presently Secretary for the village Horticultural and Allotments Association.
He taught in London before moving to become Head of English at Beacon in 1970, where he stayed for nearly twenty years. He went on to become Vice-Principal of a large community college in Crediton, Devon, and is now enjoying retirement back in the village.He produces the twice-yearly “Friends” magazine, “Greenpiece”.
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Mike Foley is a Devonian. As a lad, he developed an interest in wildlife and in particular birds by roaming the countryside around North Dartmoor and later on, the Exe estuary. More recently, he spent two weeks on an island in the Beagle Channel in the south of Chile working for the environmental organisation Earthwatch searching for a rare owl that decided not to show itself! Now retired from his work for a pensions company, Mike is married, has been a founder member of the Twinning Association and has lived in the village for over 30 years.
I was born in Timperley Cheshire into a farming / market gardening family and moved to Crowborough in 1969. We moved to Rotherfield in 1978 and my first local contact was with the late Sam Pitts at the Copper Kettle who said that if I stayed for twenty years then I might be accepted as a local!! We all did stay and are still here 39 years later! I am married to Brenda and we have three children, and seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
I was a member of the Crowborough Rotary Club for 40 years and prior to that a member of Crowborough Round Table. Once I retired from Insurance Broking I wanted to do something which had a local connection hence my involvement with the Rotherfield Millennium Green.
Richard has been a trustee of the Green since its inception and was Chairman of the Trustees for 5 years up to 2006.
His particular interest is the natural history aspects of the Green and he led a small group of trustees that developed the Management Plan for the Green during 2006. This provided both a baseline description of the Green and gave a 10 year vision for its management. One key aspect is hedgerow management utilising the techniques of coppicing and layering to maintain the original structure of the fields. He organises the work parties that meet monthly to tackle conservation work on the Green. In 2014 Richard was the lead Trustee who helped to bring the Meadows in the Weald project to fruition.
Michael White – Chairman
Michael has been a Trustee of the Millennium Green from its inception. He has lived in the village of Rotherfield since 1956 when his parents took Milk Lodge Farm. He and his wife Marion ran the village dairy on the outskirts of the village and then on the retirement of his brother, supplied milk to the whole of the village from 1965 to 1998. Michael also ran a Plant Hire & Groundwork business alongside the dairy until he retired. Michael’s main passion for the Green is to maintain it as wild and natural as possible. Michael was elected chairman In November 2014, succeeding Peter Davidson-Smith
Barry was born in Kent and brought up on a smallholding on the North Downs. He moved to Rotherfield in 1952. Barry married in 1972 and moved to Crowborough but moved back to Rotherfield in 1976 after his children were born. Barry is now retired after a career in Manufacturing and Production engineering.
He has been a Trustee of Powdermill Trust for Nature Conservation since 2002 and Manager of the Rotherfield Reserve. Barry became a Trustee of Rotherfield Millennium Green in 2008. His hobbies include: Gardening, Nature Conservation, Walking, Woodwork, Metalwork and many other pursuits and interests.
Philip Rowcliffe – Treasurer
I’m a Certified Accountant and spent my career in the general insurance industry, mostly in various countries abroad; my last job was setting up and running a subsidiary of AXA in Jakarta. I have been semi-retired since 2000 although I still work part time as a consultant for an Asian Insurance Group.
I am married to Diane with two grown up children. We moved to Town Row in December 2010 from Tunbridge Wells and prior to that we lived in Sevenoaks. We usually walk on the Green each day with our dog Lottie. Diane is an active member of the Crowborough Bridge Club and I sail my boat from Chichester Harbour at every opportunity (I am always looking for crew if anyone is interested)
I have lived in Rotherfield since 1980. Both my sons attended the village school and the local Scout group. As a family we shared an interest in wildlife and the environment. My husband was a keen gardener and conservationist and saw one of the main purposes of a garden as being to create an environment to attract and support birds, insects and butterflies. Having at least one wildlife pond had to be a central feature of the garden! I enjoy walking, reading and gardening.
In my working life I was a clinical Psychologist in Sussex Mental Health services for thirty years before retiring when my husband became ill. Since retiring and becoming a widow, I have had more time for volunteering activities. I became a warden for the Millennium Green some months ago and was very pleased to be invited to become a trustee.
Peter was born in Lancashire but has spent most of his adult life in East Sussex and since 2006 he and his wife have enjoyed living in Rotherfield. He is a keen bowler, being Sunday Captain of Rotherfield Bowling Club and he sits on the committee of Rotherfield Sports Club. He has always been interested in wildlife, particularly birds, and treasures the memories he has of the few years he and his wife spent living in a remote location on the edge of the Norfolk Broads with what was then Britain’s only colony of common cranes as their neighbours. !
Having retired from practise as a solicitor in 2011, Peter likes to spend as much time as possible out and about walking in the delightful countryside which surrounds the village and he an his dog Jasper are frequent visitors to the green.