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 have always wanted to become a Parish Councillor, as I would like to see our village prosper for my generation and many more to come. In todays age it is very easy to lose our sense of community spirit due to our busy schedules. That said, I started a Facebook page Whittle-le-Woods pics and memories old and new, to try and capture all those memories past and present and spark conversations amongst the community, old and new.
I look forward to getting out and about and working as a Parish Councillor in our village.
I was co-opted on to the Parish Council in November 2013 by my fellow councillors and as well as being the newest member, my age (19 at time of joining) makes me the youngest councillor by quite a significant margin. I believe that my presence can help change the face and impression of our council. Having a young councillor who is keen to defend and express the needs of young people helps prove that we sincerely care about representing the demographics of our village.
I am aware of a general feeling of alienation and apathy within my age group and I therefore want to work to keep the youth of our local community engaged and fairly represented; it is essential for the youth of our village to know that we, as a council, think that they matter.
Because of my interest in working to benefit those of my age group, I have already become one third of a subcommittee which is working towards the creation of an activity map which will mark out different genres of walks suitable for all ages e.g. history trial, nature trial, and activity trial. We are hoping to collaborate with local primary schools in the making of this and I would also urge any talented art or graphic design students to get in touch and help us with the project.
As well as the role of being a Parish Councillor being rewarding on a short term basis, it has long-term benefits as I believe that the position helped me attain an unconditional offer to study Liberal Arts at Kings College. Being a councillor is also beneficial to my future as despite firm career goals having yet to be set, I would at some point like to become a politician. Although we avoid the talk of party politics, the politics of life that we deal with provides me with an invaluable step on a path that I am interested in exploring much further.
I would therefore highly recommend that other teenagers consider becoming a parish councillor as it comes with huge benefits and I would like to remind all young people that they are welcome to come and sit in on our meetings. For now though, if anybody has any suggestions as to how we as a council can help improve the village for the benefit of the young, then please get in touch- myself and my fellow councillors are keen to take all sensible suggestions seriously.
I would like to thank the council for taking me under their wing as I have thus far thoroughly enjoyed being part of their team and I look forward to our future projects.