The Alderholt Community Fund is managed by the Trustees of the Alderholt Community Charitable Trust. The Trust was registered by the Charity Commission on 24 May 2016, with the Registered Charity Number 1167313.
The Trustees currently include:
James Grazebrook OBE
James and Carol moved to a small-holding on the edge of the parish in 2000, where they designed and built their own home.
James started his own business in 1979, manufacturing noise control systems for large marine engines. Alongside this he was President of the British Marine Federation, which speaks for 1500 marine firms in Britain, and Chairman of their boat show company, National Boat Shows, which owns and operates the Southampton and London Boat Shows.
He retired from his own company in 2013, but retains strong charitable marine connections as Vice-President of the RNLI and a member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, where he is active in managing the funding for 20 apprenticeships in the marine world each year.
Norman moved to Alderholt with his wife Barbara in 2003 and they have been married for 50 years. Norman first became involved in the Parish with the Local Parish Action Group and subsequently the Parish Plan Steering Group, when all residents were given the opportunity to comment on their village. These comments were included in the Alderholt Parish Plan that was published in December 2006.
Norman has a particular interest in the running of the Alderholt Village Hall taking a prominent role in fund raising and investment in the infrastructure and maintenance of the hall over recent years. He has held the position of Vice-Chairman of the Village Hall Committee for several years.
I moved to the village in 2009, when my partner Sarah and I acquired Wheelers Cottage B&B which we ran until 2016.
During this time, I have become deeply involved in village life through my involvement on the Parish Council, Village Hall, as a First Responder and a Footpath Officer. I have worked with charities assisting with grant applications, advising on best practice and volunteering on various groups wherever possible.
The opportunity to become a trustee on the Alderholt Community Fund is a privilege and I really hope that I can make a difference to both individuals and groups within the Parish of Alderholt.
Kate is secretary to the Trustees. She has lived in Alderholt for over 20 years with her partner Geoff. During this time she served as a Councillor for 12 years on the Alderholt Parish Council and is also a Trustee of the Alderholt Village Hall. She retired as Town Clerk of Fordingbridge Town Council in 2014 and helps out other parishes with Clerk duties from time to time.
Marcus Trinick QC
Marcus has lived in the Parish of Alderholt since 2002. Now semi-retired, he is a planning lawyer and was until 2016 a Partner in the law firm Eversheds. He has worked almost wholly in renewable energy since the 1990s and still appears as an advocate at Scottish wind farm inquiries. He was made QC in 2010.
His other activities include membership of the Fordingbridge and Ringwood branch of the RNLI.
Alison moved to Alderholt in 2004 with her husband Jason and enjoys life in a semi rural village. Her first experience of the Alderholt community started with their wedding in 2005 at St James Church and has continued through supporting Jason’s involvement on the Parish council and his role as a Trustee and former chairman of the Village Hall. Many nights have been spent helping behind the bar and soaking up the atmosphere at Village Hall events! In addition to this, her daughter has enjoyed Rainbows, Brownies and numerous parties at both the Village Hall and the Reading Rooms.
As an Insolvency Practitioner, Alison has extensive experience of corporate life and now works part time for a local Insolvency practice in Ringwood. She welcomes the opportunity to” give something back” by becoming involved with a local charity supporting community projects and looks forward to being able to make a difference.
Jo grew up in the Wimborne area, but lived in Yorkshire, Hampshire and California before moving to Alderholt with her family in 2006. Both her sons attended Sunbeams and St James’ First School, and Jo was a member of the Sunbeams management committee for several years. She worked in Alderholt Co-op when the children were small, and was a tutor at the Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne. She now works for an independent online retailer in Cranborne and runs her own business.
Adrian was born in the parish and has lived in the village since 1978 with his wife Val. They have two grown-up sons that have attended the school system in East Dorset. Adrian has been a Treasurer, Secretary, Deacon and Boys Brigade Leader at Alderholt Chapel and has also been on several local Chapel Trusts.
He has worked in Electronic Manufacturing all his life. After an apprenticeship with the MOD, Adrian was a Test Engineer with Racal. More recently he has been a Quality Assurance Inspector with a local company. He “retired” in 2017 but is still employed on a Zero Hour Contract!
Adrian’s passion is Local History, and he was a committee member of the Verwood Historical Society until it disbanded in 2016. He was also a Cub Leader in the village Scout Group. Adrian is looking forward to the privilege of serving as a Trustee with the Alderholt Community Fund.
Eleanor grew up in Surrey and has lived in various places in the UK, USA and Europe. She moved to Alderholt in 2006 and has found that it’s the first place she has lived with a real, warm community spirit. She is involved in putting on the ReCreate events and other St James’ Church activities; and has previously served on the St James’ First School Governing body and Sunbeams Committee.
She has a background in Advertising and Marketing and then spent a number of years as a full-time parent. She is now just completing her training as a Pilates Therapist.
Eleanor is married to Simon and has three school-aged children, a dog and a gecko.
Zoe moved to Alderholt as a child and attended both St. James First School and St. James Church. After a decade living overseas, she returned to the village 4 years ago to join her family and raise her twins who attend the same school, where she is also the PTA Chairperson.
I have lived in Alderholt for the last 15 years. Prior to this I lived in Fordingbridge where we brought up our family. I retired from nursing 4 years ago but have recently returned to help out with the vaccination programme, which has been very rewarding.
My husband and I enjoy walking and exploring the countryside. I also enjoy cycling and open water swimming. My own children benefitted enormously from local clubs and sports facilities as they were growing up. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the community by helping to allocate funds to local organisations.