Meet the 2019 - 2020 Team

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Neil Wilson –  Chair and Social Media Team

I was brought up in Clay Cross and left in 1974 to pursue a career in the Royal Air Force. After 22 years, I left and joined a Nottingham firm of solicitors and now I deal with health and safety plus their security. I  joined the committee and took on the web master role, until a few years ago when due to personal reasons I left the committee. I’m now back in the right frame of mind to pick up family history and attend meetings again. I hope that the knowledge  I have will help to steer the society forward.a

Dena Fanshawe –  ViceChair / Events Coordinator / eNewsletter /
Social Media Team                                                                                        I have been the secretary of C.A.D.F.H.S. since September 2012 I am a retired Business Consultant. I have been researching my Family Tree for about 20 years. My special passion is the journey and discovery of the past and its fascinating stories.
Started out in life as a Hairdresser and did a five year apprenticeship, I had my own business for over 30 years. During this time I developed my IT skills and, trained and became a Lecturer and Assessor of Information Technology, Key Skills and Customer Service, besides Hairdressing in the early days. [My IT skills go back to pre Internet or even Windows.] 
My life’s pathway then took me to the Chamber of Commerce, where I worked with ‘Business Link’ and was initially part of the ‘Work Force Development Team’ before becoming  a fully SFEDI qualified Business Adviser.                                                                                                            My other passion has been the world of dogs, showing, exhibiting, later breeding an judging, Our hobby since 1985
We know longer show dogs but I do judge two breeds at Championship Show level.They are Rottweilers and Japanese Shiba Inu.

David Wheatcroft – Treasurer.                                                                             I  have lived in Chesterfield all my life working firstly in foundries as a skilled ‘Iron Moulder’, followed by 25 years on the buses before I retired. In that time I have served as governor on several schools including the Chair of Tapton House School for a spell and was also Vice Chair of Brimington Parish Council for a couple of years.
As a lifelong Trade Unionist, I have held several positions including Branch Secretary & also as an area delegate in the Engineering Union and later in the Transport Union specialising in Pensions & Employee Ownership.
I was a Worker Director at Chesterfield Buses and also a Trustee in the Stagecoach Employee Share Trust. A a Trustee and Administrator of the 450 employee worker owned Sunderland Home Care Ltd.
In retirement from the buses I was a Director of Job Ownership Limited, a London based company which promoted worker ownership in this country and worldwide.
I was also co-founder and director of CASA, a company providing 10,000 weekly hours of home care over the North of England.               
I have been interested in Family history for some years but only took it up seriously in the last 3 or 4 years. I joined My Heritage for one year before changing over to Ancestry for the last 3 years. I have been lucky up to now to find that 2 of my ancestors have been famous. One had the village pub named after him and the second was the last man in this country to be sentenced to be judiciary hung and beheaded. 
I hope that the Treasurers role doesn’t interfere to much with my research.


Janet Ashley Archive Team – Archive Coordinator

Valerie Bladon  Correspondence Team – Admin Coordinator

I was born in Old Whittington and brought up in Newbold. 
 I was 16 when I first got the family history bug and have been researching ever since.
 Many of my ancestors come from Derbyshire. Others from all the middle counties of England plus one line from Roscommon in Ireland. 
 In earlier years I did secretarial work and also Primary school teaching. However my main focus has always been family life.
 I am enthusiastic about oral history and recording people’s life stories. When someone dies it’s like a library being lost so I’m endeavouring to collect as many memories as I can from my relatives.
Since having my DNA tested a few years ago I have become passionate about genetic genealogy. Using DNA matching along with traditional tools such as census, parish records etc has led me to breaking down some brick walls.
 I look forward to being part of the society and learning and sharing with everyone.

Dave Hall – Social Media Team

I have lived in Worksop most of my life. I have had a variety of ‘jobs’  over the years including Supermarket Management, Learning Disabilities Nurse and latterly a Computer engineer and College Lecturer.

I had a stroke in 2011 which curtailed my career. I lost the use of my right arm/hand and have since become a purely digital family historian -‘using virtually no paper’.

Have been a family historian for many years. My paternal family hail from North Norfolk and my maternal family comes from ’round here’ -Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire borders. I have a particular interest in The Chesterfield Canal and ‘bargees’. I am a member of The Guild of One Name Studies with the registered name of VERTIGAN.

I find the history of ordinary folks fascinating and love reading about their lived through the ages.

‘Lyn McNair – Magazine Joint Editor 

I have been researching Family History for over 18 years, but have only recently joined the society.
I have recently begun researching in ernest since my early retirement  in July 2018.
Before I retired, I worked for the charity Derbyshire Carers Association (which coincidentally was our elected charity for 2019.)
My role was to support unpaid carers in the community with, emotional support, advice referrals, carer assessments and grant applications.



Mary Bullas – Magazine Joint Editor

I have been  researching my family history for 13 years. I have now retired from my job as a Theatre Nurse at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, so am now hoping to be able to dedicate more time to my research.  I  am looking forward to learning so much more from my more experienced fellow members.

Cathy Sims, Refreshment Coordinator / Exchange Magazine Coordinator

Margaret Marsden – Raffle

Terry Cocking – Printing 

Keith Fanshawe – Committee

I probably first joined the committee around 2009. Since 2012 I have held various positions. Chair, Vice Chair and General Dogs Body. I was in Engineering all my working life and latterly till I retired I had my own business, KLF Gates & Railings. I enjoy family history and the discoveries that can be found and so always enjoy our society evening’s speakers. 

Margaret Linacre – Membership Team

I was born in Chesterfield and my working life has always involved records. I started work as a clerk in the Subsidence Registry at the National Coal Board offices in Duckmanton. Then I went to work in the Patient Records Library at Chesterfield Royal Hospital where I undertook a range of duties, including extracting and recording data from the records. Not surprisingly, having spent many years working with indexes, microfilms and data, it was an easy step on retirement to begin researching our family history.

I joined CADFHS soon after retiring, and a few years ago volunteered to help in any way I could, doing some proof-reading and assisting the Membership Secretary, who unfortunately had to relinquish the post. Now, along with Andie, I man the Membership Desk at meetings, answer questions regarding membership and keep the Mojo membership platform and the Surname Interests List updated.

Andie Davis  – Membership Team