Caldecott Arts Festival Team

We are the Caldecotters. We are all inspired by Mr. Caldecott. We want more people to be inspired by him to live their dreams and to laugh at his sketches and enjoy his drawings.

Our team of local people includes teachers, local business owners, people from the voluntary sector and children and young people.

We are building our crew by working in partnership with other local groups to make the Caldecott Arts Festival and this year’s events leading up to it really inspiring.

We want all of us to smile at his work and be inspired by his courage and determination to live his dream.

Norma Raynes, Chairman

Norma is social entrepreneur and Director of From Generation to Generation. This charity creates innovative solutions for young and old people, bringing them together to support and inspire each other.
Norma was Professor of Social Care University of Salford, Chairman Trafford South Primary Care Trust, a schoolteacher and governor, and an actor with the Quarantine Theatre Company. She worked in the USA at Harvard and MIT and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Centre for people with learning difficulties.
She has written books, stories for children and satirical theatre sketches.

JANE BEBBINGTON

Jane has won many prestigious tourism awards, bringing visitors to the local area from across the globe. She and her husband, Chas, lived at Dearnford Hall, where they ran a 500-acre farm. In 1991, they constructed Alderford Lake, near the new Whitchurch Bypass. This wonderful attraction is still family-run, with a wide range of outdoor pursuits on the site, including kayaking and open-water swimming. They also host special events, including Shakespeare productions, children’s theatre and storytelling, classic car rallies and UK Triathlons. The Bebbingtons are strong supporters of local business and charities.

HELEN CLARKE

An outstanding teacher, Helen Clarke is the headmistress at the White House School, an independent school in Whitchurch, whose motto is ‘Honour Wisdom’. She is well- known and well-respected in the community and passionate about art and music. She is also very well informed about the history of our town and our inspiration, Randolph Caldecott.

Rachel Pittaway

Rachel Pittaway trained as an accountant, starting at the Oxford Polytechnic with a Diploma in Accountancy for Intending Professional Accountants.  She then went on to pass her exams with the Association of Accounting Technicians and the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.  In a successful career, spanning some 40 years, she has worked in various industries, charitable organisations, and accountancy practices. She also runs her own accountancy practice in Oswestry, while caring for her husband. She offers financial services to businesses and other organisations that chime with her ethics.

ANNA VARELA-RAYNES

Anna has lived in Whitchurch since 2013 and works in the National Health Service. A busy mum of four, she has enjoyed discovering the delights of Randolph Caldecott’s work with her family. His illustrations influenced the likes of Beatrix Potter and helped make children’s story books what they are today.  Anna has been inspired by his artistic creativity and shrewd sense of humour, still so relevant today. She’s delighted to be playing a part in bringing Caldecott’s talents to a modern audience.

John Martin

John Martin retired to Whitchurch, having spent his working life in Asia establishing, operating and selling trading companies and lately as a shipping consultant. He helped to found the Inn Sign Society in 1991 to promote an appreciation of England’s pub signs as the greatest free public art gallery in the world, no less!

John moore

John Moore has a long and distinguished career as a conductor, pianist, teacher and composer. He studied Music at the University of East Anglia and at the Royal Academy of Music. From 1989 until 2020, he was Director of Music at Shrewsbury School, where, in addition to running a thriving department, he also composed nine youth musicals, which were performed in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He currently conducts the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra and is on the committee of the Gregynog Young Musicians Competition. He is also heading up the organisation of the Shropshire Music Trust.