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 a charity called From Generation to Generation. It 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 awards for Tourism attracting visitors from across the globe. Jane sings with Border Singers the local chamber choir.

Jane grew up in the area on the family dairy farm. She married Chas Bebbington in 1972. They lived at Dearnford Hall where they ran a 500acre successful arable enterprise. In 1990/91 they constructed a lake alongside the new Whitchurch Bypass. Alderford Lake, is run by the Bebbington Family with a café and a wide range of outdoor leisure pursuits, including Shakespeare productions, children’s storytelling and theatre, classic car rallies, UK Triathlons, open water swimming and kayaking, and supporting many local businesses and charities.

HELEN CLARKE

Helen Clarke is an outstanding teacher.

She is the headmistress of the White House School, an independent School in Whitchurch. She has been at the school inspiring pupils, teachers, and parents for 29 years.

The motto of the school is Honour Wisdom. She is a well- known member of the local 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 when she left school, 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.  She has worked in various industries, charitable organisations, and accountancy practices in the 40 years of her career, as well as running her own accountancy practice in Oswestry.

Rachel is now a carer for her husband and works from home offering financial services to support businesses that chime with her ethics.

ELLEN EDWIN SCOTT

Ellen born and bred in rural Cheshire returned to live in the area with her husband and three young children.

Ellen ran the Young Company at London’s Unicorn Theatre from 2010 – 2015. As Education Director, at Southwark Playhouses, she directed and produced plays for young actors in schools, colleges, parks, and festivals, and on the decks of HMS Belfast!

Ellen finished her first full length play, ‘Getting somewhere’ on the Playwright’s Programme at Liverpool Everyman, and continues to be supported by them as a writer and director.

ANNA VARELA-RAYNES

Anna has lived in Whitchurch since 2013 and works for the NHS.

As a mum of four she has enjoyed discovering the delights of Randolph Caldecott’s work with her children.  His illustrations influenced the likes of Beatrix Potter and helped make children’s story books what they are today.  But his work is not just for children!  His artistic creativity and shrewd sense of humour are still relevant today. Anna is pleased to be a part of bringing his talents to a wider audience.