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Pat Maskrey

Having been born in Walton village, and a frequent visitor to Holymoorside throughout childhood, it was a pleasure to come and live in Holymoorside more than 45 years ago.

My husband, Roy, was better known, having worked for Jack Hawksworth at the village garage and filling station, and being involved with community activities since moving here, any strangers were simply told to ask for Pat and Roy, and that would find us.

My involvement with the History Society began in its early years, being involved in the first film, etc, I eventually joined the Committee and have enjoyed every minute. I feel privileged to have recently become Chairman.

Trustee Profiles

Vice Chairman

Malcolm Groves

For as long as I can remember I have been interested in history. From my early childhood at school I have always had a vested interest in World War Two and the history of the Royal Air Force, leading to delving into my own family history over the last few years, which, in turn, has developed into local history societies and organisations.

I have been Vice Chairman of the Holymoorside and District History Society for a number of years, and continue to help preserve and conserve history of the local area. I hope my small contribution to the Society helps it to prosper for many years to come


Anne White

I was born in Derbyshire, and have lived in Holymoorside for 39 years. My husband, Peter, and I have been married for 50 years and we have two sons and two grandsons.

Local history has always interested me, and as Secretary of the Holymoorside and District History Society, any contribution I can make in encouraging local people to talk about the past, whilst helping to preserve that knowledge I find most rewarding. During my 24 years as Secretary at Holymoorside School, I formed strong bonds with parents and children.

Tomorrow is the future, yesterday is now the past, both are very precious to us all.


Gillian Robinson

Growing up around Derby Road, I was introduced to Holymoorside and village life at the age of 20. Married to Cyril, we have lived in the area for over 30 years, initially at Bage Hill, then Snipe Close before moving back to Derby Road area last year.

History was always a favourite subject for me at school, so I really enjoy being involved with the Society, becoming its Treasurer in 2010.

I feel it is very important to keep interest alive in what has gone before, and how it involves our lives today.


Paul Truscott

As an ‘incomer’ to Holymoorside, I was delighted to note that one of the many thriving organisations in the village was a history society. After attending a meeting, and expressing my interest in local history, I was invited to join the committee.

Keen to give something back to the community and wanting to learn more about the village and surrounding area, I readily agreed, and began to channel this enthusiasm utilising my skills as a typesetter/graphic designer to create and maintain the Society’s website.

During the last four years as Archivist, I have been passionately compiling and electronically digitising all the material collated during the Society’s 41 years, piecing together some of the rich and diverse history of our village, and I would like to thank everyone on the committee (past and present) for all their help, support and encouragement, as we work to preserve the past for the future.


Roy Maskrey

I am a relative newcomer as a History Society Trustee, although not to Holymoorside itself. I worked for Jack Hawksworth at the filling station/garage on Holymoor Road (sadly long gone), before moving here in 1968, and was involved in much community activity over the years until self-employment put that on hold.

History was always my favourite subject at school, and now having retired I have time to pick up the threads once more and am currently working on a project for the Society entitled “Living History” collating photographs and snippets of personal memories and anecdotes If you feel you may have any contributions or suggestions for inclusion, please get in touch.


Cyril Robinson

As a child, I lived at Bage Hill, and attended Holymoorside School from the age of five. I left the area when I was 23 to get married but later moved back to Bage Hill with my wife Gillian and son 32 years ago. For the last few years lived closer to the centre of the village, enabling us to take a more active role in village life, however, we have just recently moved to our new home near Derby Road, but still retain all our links with the village.

Over the years I have always enjoyed attending the History Society’s meetings and outings, and now look forward to contributing my services as a Trustee.