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The Trustees of Lands Village Hall Management Committee

We are Lands Village Hall Management Committee Trustees. The Trust (reg. no. 520841) has a Management Committee consisting of up to twelve Trustees, including a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. Our current Management Committee additionally has a Deputy Secretary.

You can contact us using the form provided on this website, or using the email addresses provided below.

Glenn Reffin, Chairperson (chair@landsvillagehall.uk)

Glenn has consistently moved around the country from one location to another in pursuit of education or career. The longest time he has stayed in one place was in London where he worked in both the public and private sectors. Other places he’s lived include Cambridgeshire, Hampshire and Devon; but he says he has never lived in a place with a stronger sense of community than High Lands in County Durham which is why he thinks it is important for the village hall to stay open.

He currently owns his own web development/hosting business, which he has been running for twelve years.

He has worked for both the public and private sectors in a range of roles. During his fifteen years at London Underground, his jobs included:

  • strategic planning and business planning for the whole organisation;
  • generating secondary revenue income, where he was responsible for making money from advertising assets, free customer WiFi, free newspapers, sponsorship, etc.; and,
  • sponsor for multi-million pound projects refurbishing and modernising London Underground stations during the Public Private Partnership.

In other roles he has set-up and run a small limited company for management of residential property, and he was the Secretary for a rescue committee for his local Arts Centre which raised £0.75m in less than six months.

Glenn has been vegetarian since 1992 and enjoys baking bread. One of his favourite authors is Terry Pratchett.

He is pleased to act as Chairman for Lands Village Hall Management Committee and as one of the Trustees for the hall.

Alison Deakin, Secretary (secretary@landsvillagehall.uk)

Alison moved to County Durham from Cheshire 16 years ago to support her elderly father. She worked in the community around Teesdale, Weardale and laterly Derwentside before retiring.

Since retiring Alison has worked as a volunteer at Stray Aid in Coxhoe and is also a Parish Councillor. Alison is passionate about natural history and the environment, she is out walking most days with her dog, Flossy, and loves walking along the Gaunless.

With Flossy’s help she tries to keep the environment tidy by picking up litter.

David Dodd, Treasurer (treasurer@landsvillagehall.uk)

David moved to Lands a couple of years ago, having recently retired from teaching and engineering. He has many interests, including walking on the Fell, DIY and working on motobikes and cars.

He likes living in the village, the people are friendly and helpful, which fosters a true community spirit.

Carol Suddick, Management Committee Trustee

Fliss Tunnard, Management Committee Trustee

Fliss is fairly new to the area having been here for nearly two years. She lives with her fiancé, Carl, and her black cat, Tink, who you might see prowling around on the village green from time to time.

She is currently in training to be a Church Related Community Minister, so she is passionate about all things community related. She’s pleased to be on the Management Committee and to help make the village hall an exciting place to be.

Paul Dodd, Management Committee Trustee

Paul moved to the village from the “big city” (Darlington) around six years ago. He has worked in Educational Management for most of his career.

Paul’s interests include travelling, motorbikes, snowboarding and anything else outdoorsy.

Mel Stewart-Pratt, Management Committee Trustee

Simon Dobson, Management Committee Trustee

Simon was born in Butterknowle and has lived in and around here all his life. He moved to High Lands six years ago with his wife, Kirstie, and son, Charlie.

Simon works in structural engineering as a welder/fabricator for a company in Newton Aycliffe. His passion is tinkering in his shed with whatever is at hand.

Simon is happy to be part of the Management Committee and is very willing to help in any way he can.

Gerard Gaynor, Management Committee Trustee

After completing his schooling at St. Francis Xavier School, Richmond, which he hated passionately, he left with twelve O’ Levels because he wasn’t going back.

At this point he started the ATOMIC DISCO with a friend. The disco ran very successfully for fifteen years alongside his day-job.

Gerard considers himself lucky to have served a 5-year apprenticeship with the MOD before he went on to work fo a Race Tech company, building F1 and rally car engines to a world-beating standard.

After many happy years he moved on to an engineering company, Agricultural Industrial Hydraulics, where he was charge hand, foreman and technical problem-solver. Unfortunately, this company went into receivership and the employees faced the dole. Five of those employees took the plunge and started A5 Hydraulics, thirty years ago.

In their time, A5 Hydraulics has achieved Small Business of the Year and has acquired and kept many big companies’ work, including GSK, Northumbrian Water, Kinger Automotive, ICI, British Steel, and some 27,000 other customers including 90% of the farming community. These days, there are only two of the original five left. Their moto remains, “Say what you do and do what you say.”

Gerard is very passionate about community and the preservation of the countryside. He is hopeful that he can help Lands Village Hall remain a useful asset in the local community.

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