Parish Councillors and Staff
Eric was born in 1933 to a family of five sisters and one brother. He attended St John’s school in Whittle-le-Woods until the age of fifteen, then served his time as a plumber at local building firm. He was in the army from 1954-56, mainly in Cyprus. After a 38 year career at Norweb (first as a cable jointer, then has a foreman), he retired in 1996. Always a bit of a fitness fanatic, Eric always enjoyed distance fell walking which included two 100 mile non stop events, the South Downs Way and the Lakeland Hundred. Also he participated in lots of running events, including two marathons (London and Manchester). He spent his seventieth birthday at the top of Helvellen in the Lake District and choose the same location to celebrate his 80th! Other hobbies include his garden where he grows all the vegetables for family and neighbours; he was also a bee keeper for twenty years. Eric also writes poems just for his own pleasure and collects old photos of Whittle-le-Woods, producing a book Whittle As It Was in 1987. He is well known for organising the Ox Roast - something done 100 years earlier to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Eric was the Mayor of Chorley from 2003-2004. He has served on Whittle-le-Woods Parish council since 1983 and been Chairman four times. He has also been Chairman of the War Memorial for 25 years and is a long standing Chorley Councillor. Eric and his wife Pat have been married for almost 60 - they have five sons, thirteen grandchildren and four great grand children. Eric is only happy when involved in some sort of venture. His main ambition was to see the village with a village hall and this was achieved during his Mayoral year when he laid the foundation stone - in 2004. A recent project was the building of changing rooms on the Kem Mill football field which was completed in 2011.
Eric represents the Parish Council on the Clayton & Whittle le Woods War Memorial Committee and the Whittle-le-Woods Playing Fields Trust.
I am a native of Whittle-le-Woods being born in a cottage which is close to where the now Village Hall stands.
I have been a member of the Parish Council since the mid 1980’s and as well as being the chairman 2010-2011, I have held that post several times over the years.
I am a founding trustee of the Community Hall Trust which manages the running of the Village Hall in Union Street. I am Funding Officer for the Whittle-le-Woods Playing Field Trust which manages the development of the playing field on Kem Mill Lane.
I am married to Peter, another Parish Councillor and Secretary/Trustee of the Village Hall. I look forward to continue serving the community of Whittle-le-Woods in the coming years.
Barbara represents the Parish Council on the Clayton & Whittle le Woods War Memorial Committee.
Bill represents the Parish Council on the Clayton & Whittle le Woods War Memorial Committee, Community Hall Trust and the Whittle-le-Woods Playing Fields Trust.
Chris sits on the Planning and Environment Comittee for the Parish Council.
Born in Sussex I studied Foreign languages at Brighton Grammar School and went on to work in communications for the Post Office (BT) in London.
I moved up to Yorkshire in 1965 and then to Lancashire in 1969, where most of my working life was spent providing 2 way radio systems to the Emergency Services.
Since retiring a few years ago I became very involved with Rotary International as Public Relations Officer and held the position of President twice.
Married with four children and six grandchildren I am now enjoying living in Whittle le Woods with my wife June.
I have always been an avid reader, enjoying detective novels, and also taking great interest in current affairs, following local, national and international matters with interest.
I hope to be able to make a positive contribution to the Council for a long time into the future.
I have served two terms as Parish Councillor. This current term started in 1997 when I was elected to the Parish Council due to a by-election. I am the secretary and trustee of Whittle-le-Woods Community Hall Trust which manages the village hall.
I support a policy to limit the growth of development in the village and am keen to ensure that our fields and trees are preserved. I am also a councillor who will promote spending to ensure that the village environment is of a high standard.
Peter represents the Parish Council on the Community Hall Trust.
Steve has lived in the village for 30 years and am now semi-retired. After working at BAE Systems Warton / Samelesbury as an Engineering Project Manager for 27 years I’m seeking a new career . I
am an active member of the community as Scout Leader for Whittle & Clayton Scouts Group (who meet just off Chorley Old Road) and of Bolton Sailing Club at Belmont Reservoir. I look forward to continuing working with the Parish Council supporting the local community.
Tina has lived in the Chorley Borough since 1990 and Whittle-le-Woods since 2002. Following a successful commercial career. Tina was co-opted onto the Parish Council in March 2012, served as Vice Chair in 2013/14 and Chairman for the year 2014/15. During this time Tina has championed the adoption and restoration of three derelict telephone boxes from BT which are now attractive and popular book swap facilities for the Village.
Tina is also a Trustee for the Community Hall Trust and serves as a volunteer assessor for the Citzens Advice Bureau. Tina enjoys a typical grandparents role balanced with a love of a travel and live music. Walking her dog locally affords Tina the opportunity to meet local residents allowing her to identify opportunities to improve our lovely village.
Tina represents the Parish Council on the Chorley Borough Council Liason Committee.
Hi my name is Wendy McDonald and I've been on Whittle-le-Woods Parish Council for the past 3 years and hopefully many more to come.
I'm married and have 3 children, 2 boys aged 15 and 19 and a daughter aged 21. I enjoy being an active member of the council helping to organise activities for our young people and helping alongside other councillors to provide a range of activities for other ages to.
I have lived in the parish all my 43 years ( and many more to come) and love this village. We are very lucky to be so close to the countryside yet the benefits of our growing community.
The great thing about this village is its friendly people, you can guarantee that you will always get a hello as you walk around. My day job is a Teaching Assistant at Manor Road Primary School, currently in Reception Class. I'm passionate about my job and thoroughly enjoy it. When I'm not working I really like being outside and enjoy lots of walking around the area with my family and dog.
Also I go to Pilates, Aerobics and enjoy socialising in the local pubs. A few years ago now I set up a Facebook group to promote community spirit and provide somewhere to chat with others in the village about the past and present, it seems to be doing its job. (Whittle-le-Woods Pics & Memories Old & New)
Hello, I'm Lisa Pickering. I grew up and now live locally in Bamber Bridge. My father’s family hail from Whittle, Brindle and surrounding areas - I spent many happy days playing in the fields around Gough Lane where my Grandparents lived, and at Tullis Farm in Brindle - worked for many years by the Burton family. I look forward to speaking with many of you in the future and supporting the many initiatives run by the Parish Council for your community.
She can be contacted on:
309 Brownedge Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6UU
The lengthsman is employed on a part time basis to litterpick and clear designated areas of Whittle-le-Woods.