Titterstone Clee Heritage Trust (TCHT) - charity No. 1120659

Meet The Team | The Trustees

Alf Jenkins BA MBE : Founder & Trustee

Born at Dhu Stone Inn, Clee Hill 1936. Educated at Clee Hill Primary School; Ludlow Grammar School. Worcester University; Loughborough University; Aberystwyth University. Fellow Headteacher Birmingham University. Headmaster of three local schools.

Received MBE for research of the Industrial and Social History of Titterstone Clee Hills and Services to Education.

Published a CD, Wagon to Wheelbiers about Clee Hill;
DVD:- Up the Lane and Back Again.
DVD Discover South Shropshire's Titterstone Clee Hills.
Hard Back Book:- Titterstone Clee Hills, Industrial History, Everyday Life and Dialect. This book has had 5 re-prints and gone all over the world and is the best selling Local History Book at Castle Book Shop in Ludlow.

More about Alf HERE »

Glynn Barratt BA (hons) : Founder, Trustee, Current Chair TCHT

Glynn started life as a surveyor for the Ordnance Survey, before re-training as an archaeologist. He has over 40 years experience in international heritage, working in the public and private sectors. He has held research fellowships at The Institute of Archaeology, University College London and at the University of Birmingham, specializing in the use of digital survey, satellite remote sensing and computer technologies in the recording and interpretation of archaeological landscape.

He has contributed and led archaeological expeditions in the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, USA and the UK and has contributed research to 3 major World Heritage Sites. His academic publications include seminal work on the use of high resolution GPS in recording archaeological landscapes and the use of satellite remote sensing to characterize heritage landscapes. He first worked on Clee Hill in 1983 as a part of the Royal Commission on Ancient & Historic monuments and moved to the hill in 1985. In 2005 he secured funding from ALSF to continue research into the hill’s heritage, co authoring the University of Birmingham’s Conservation Management Plan for the Industrial Heritage of the Titterstone.

In 2006 he was pivotal with Alf Jenkinsin in the creation of Titterstone Clee Heritage Trust, dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the rich heritage of Titterstone. In 2009 he returned from the role of archaeologist for the world heritage site of St Kilda to create the Novers Project, funded by EN Natural Assets to restore a woodland to sustainable management and to create an experimental forest garden and heritage education site. In recent times he has trained in sustainable forest management, traditional green wood skills and in biodiversity monitoring. He guides walks on the hill’s heritage and is available for public talks on his work in heritage.

Marjorie Hammond : Trustee

Dr. Debbie Huffer (Phd) : Trustee

I have been working in conservation for more than 30 years.  I am a senior university lecturer with a particular interest in conservation genetics.  I am part of a long established local farming family and have lived in Bitterley for 13 years.  I am currently carrying out a study on yew tree regeneration at the Novers.  I love working with the diverse group of people who make up TCHT and feel it is an honour to be a Trustee.

Meet The Team | The Management Committee

Bob Scott : Current Chair Management Committee & TCHT Webmaster

I have a BA Hons. in Fine Art, Sculpture, but never seem to have used it.

I have been a Chef, a Soldier, a Blacksmith and a Plater in a factory.

Born in Sunderland, I have lived in North Wales, Hong Kong, Jordan, Zambia and Germany. I currrently work from home as Database Manager, Web Developer and SEO Manager for a company in Cheshire. We moved to Shropshire in 2006 and love the county. I feel priveliged to be part of TCHT.

Dr. Sue Dawes (Phd) : Secretary of Management Committee TCHT

Originally from the town of Hereford on the Welsh/English border Sue trained first in artist pottery at Hereford Art College and then in art glass at Stourbridge Art College (one of the foremost training centres in the UK for Art glass) graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Sue joined the faculty of Birmingham Polytechnic on graduation as a studio tutor working in glass and ceramics. She was awarded her Phd. in 1998 for research into the early glass making techniques of the Hellenistic period, much of her research being practical exploration of the making techniques. She is currently a lecturer in 3-dimensional design at the University of Central Birmingham and a practicing artist in glass and ceramics.

Sue has a wealth of experience teaching practical studio skills at an undergraduate and adult learning level. She recently undertook training in sustainable forest management, green wood working and biodiversity monitoring and is a fundamental part of the Novers Forest garden project. She also takes an active part in wildlife monitoring within the Novers and upon the hill both within TCHT and with the Titterstone Community Wildlife group for which she is chair person.

Jan Vail : Treasurer

Sarah Lowe : Committee Member

Neil Sutton : Committee Member

I live in Oreton, so am at the far reaches of the Clee Hill area, but it is an area that features largely in the history of the area.

I am now co-owner of the old brickyard in Oreton and live opposite in the Little Stocking, a house built of bricks hand made in the brickyard whilst my Great Great Grandfather was running it, with a good chance that the bricks may have been produced in the Bee Hive Brick Kiln on the site, which is the only original complete surviving one of it's type know in Britain. A scale replica now exists at Acott Scott Historic Working Farm.

I am the latest member of the family to be associated with the Brickyard, the family originally came to manage to brickworks in 1856, and we have been here ever since.

The yard has been largely preserved as it was in the 1940's, with a Blacksmiths forge, Wheelwrights shop and 24 ft rack bench. I continue the family tradition of pressing cider on the oak press that is on site.
On our small holding our fields are recognized as traditional hay meadows, containing many wild flowers such as several orchid types.

I try to continue the hand skills that have featured in the family over the generations, I am an engineer/fabricator and am greatly interested in the many skills that have been such a part of the local heritage for many generations. In the TCHT I hope to be able to help preserve some of the unique rich heritage that has created in our area.

Chris King-Turner : Committee Member

Darren Broome : Committee Member

Darren was born in the shadow of Titterstone and has spent all his life on the hill as a proud member of the legendary Broome family who have lived upon the hill for many generations. Darren is the local blacksmith and a fundamental part of the hill community. He trained as a blacksmith at Hereford college and returned to set up a practice upon the Hill.

In 2006 he took on the Bitterley Forge building, part of the Field and Mackay Quarry legacy. Working there up until last year when a series of floods made it impossible to continue. Reluctantly he moved to a drier forge building at Cleobury North where he continues to serve the Hill community.

He joined TCHT in 2007 and has contributed enormously to the events and projects that TCHT has undertaken. Notably he was a fundamental part of the TCHT programme of Autumn rural fairs, the 2011 Hill Games and most memorably the 2011 TCHT soabox build and Richards Castle run as joint pilot. His finest hour perhaps was the 2012 New Years day summit forge when in the teeth of a gale Darren made and handed out leaf key rings to those who braved the hill.

Martin Jones BSc : Committee Member

I am an engineer with a physics degree and have worked in electronics design and software engineering. When an opportunity to retire early occurred I took it and we moved to Bitterley on the west slope of the hill in 2008. I am an active volunteer in the Novers woodland and am interested in how people have used the resources available on the hill over the years. As an engineer I would like to see the Benson’s Brook hydro scheme generating power again.