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East Boldre Community Stores - Management Committee

Public Meetings

Public meetings were held 8th (Zoom) and 11th July (Village Hall).

If you missed them you can view slideset here

Mike Hawker

Mike Hawker  - Chair
Mike joined our shop project in October 2020 and has lived in East Boldre for 35 years. A Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience as a chief executive in major retail organisations. Currently a non-executive/trustee in the health, education and charity sectors.
"The shop is a vital asset providing a point of focus in a linear village. A post office selling newspapers, sweets and tobacco has evolved into a  ‘village store’ picking up the slack left by the closure of the nearby general store about 30 years ago. A convenience for some and a lifeline for others".


Davina Downes
Davina and her husband, Gerard, moved to Beaulieu in 2016.  She has worked as a legal secretary for the majority of her career. 
Davina realised during the Covid pandemic how vital East Boldre village shop was for the well being of the community and is very keen to see the new Chapel Stores continue to thrive.”


Annette Hayward 
Before coming to live in East Boldre six years ago, Annette helped develop volunteer opportunities for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.  She knows first hand how important volunteer effort is in supporting staff to increase the effectiveness of an enterprise.  Volunteering forms links between neighbours, so important in our spread-out village.  lt brings satisfaction from knowing that what you do matters to your community and helps make our vital shop and Post Office a continuing success

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Alison Moore-Gwyn
Alison qualified as a solicitor and specialised in property law before spending most of her working life in the voluntary and charitable sectors.
She retired in 2012 after serving as CEO of The National Playing Fields Association which campaigns to safeguard outdoor recreational spaces. Alison has lived in East Boldre since 2013 and joined our team in 2022.

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Simon Ricketts
Simon has worked in data analytics and e-commerce for over two decades, starting his career locally with B&Q (building their first transactional website) then spending 15 years in London working with a number of global retail and media brands.  He has lived in East Boldre for nearly four years and is super excited to be part of this project. He is looking forward to seeing Chapel Stores become an essential part of community life here in the village. He joined our team in November 2023.


Malvena Stuart Taylor
Malvena was a Consultant anaesthetist at Southampton, retiring from clinical practice in 2019. She completed a Masters in Coaching & Mentoring at Oxford Brookes in 2015.  Malvena moved from Awbridge, Romsey to East Boldre in early 2021 and was immediately impressed by the support and community buzz. She felt she would like to give back to the community skills and energy in the development of Chapel Stores and joined the team in November 2023. 

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