Bollington Festival 2024

Meet the Team

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett

Chair

Chris has lived in Bollington all his life. He was born in Oldham Street, in September 1963, eight months before the first Festival in 1964. Both his Mum and Dad were involved in organizing Festivals down the years and Chris has many happy memories of helping out. For Chris, the Festival brings out the best in Bollington and shows what a fantastic community spirit we have. In his view, if one person, of whatever age, after seeing a Festival event, decides to pick up a musical instrument for the first time, try a new sport, get involved with a community group, or try anything new, and by doing so, has fun, and keeps an open mind as to what they can achieve, then the Festival has been a tremendous success.

Steve Lomax

Steve Loxam

Treasurer

Steve is a retired Senior Programme and Company Director, who has lived in Bollington for the last seven years. His main interests include cycling, running, hill walking, travel and DIY. Bollington has such a community spirit, as a newcomer to the village, he thought it would help him to get to know people if he volunteered to help with the last Festival, and ended up organizing all the stewarding! As the Treasurer of the 2024 Festival, he is responsible for everything to do with the Festival’s finances as well as ensuring we meet all the Charity Commission requirements.

Richard Gay

Richard Gay

Vice Chair and Legacy

Only a short while after moving to Bollington, Richard and his four year old daughter, stood outside their house to watch the 1995 Festival Parade pass. It was an inspiring event: bands, floats with children in costume, fire engines, jugglers, marching bands – a superb demonstration of the interests and passions of the people of Bollington. Jump to a party in 2018, when Richard and his wife Rosie, were introduced to Jon Beck, then Festival Chairman, and were persuaded to take on a role at the 2019 event. Richard loved the enthusiasm of the volunteers, the manner in which the event was managed by the Festival Board and the delight of the audiences.

Vera Marten

Vera Marten

Programme Director

Born in Yorkshire, Vera is relative newcomer to Bollington.  She moved here with Tim in 2018 when they sold their family home in Macclesfield, where they had lived for nearly 40 years and raised their three, now grown-up, daughters.  Vera had enjoyed bits of the Bollington Festival in past years as a visitor, but didn’t discover the pleasure of being part of the Festival family until she joined the Visual Arts Team for Festival 2019.   Vera was hooked and now she is looking forward to forging more friendships as she works with her fellow trustees and an army of volunteers to contribute to the next Bollington Festival and play her part to make it happen.

Rebecca Roth-Biester

Rebecca Roth-Biester

Stewards and Marketing

Rebecca was lucky enough to grow up in the vicarage on Shrigley Road until the age of seven. Her Dad, Rev Peter Hunt (now retired) was Vicar of Bollington when Dr John first launched the Festival and the Vicar and the Doctor were fast friends! Having returned to Bollington after living abroad for more than 20 years, Rebecca volunteered at the last Festival, as a way to get to know people and become more embedded in the community. She is delighted to, once again, have the opportunity to give something back to the community by serving on the Board for Festival 2024.

Matt Butcher

Matt Butcher

Brand, Comms and Marketing

Matt grew up in Bollington and after a short stint of living in Macclesfield, he finally moved back to Bollington in 2018 with his family. Matt runs his own design business and enjoys everything the town has to offer, from long countryside walks and taking the family to the Rec, to enjoying the various pubs and restaurants! Matt has been a part of the past two Festivals helping out with the design and branding and can’t wait for the 2024 Festival to arrive.

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