Nick was born in Hertfordshire (a long time ago) but moved to Suffolk when he was 4 and lived here ever since. Nick has spent most of his working live in the property business.
In 1999 Nick was invited to join his local Rotary club and to a degree the old adage of from there he never looked back, would probably sum up the last 20 yrs. Since joining Rotary Nick rose quite quickly through the ranks and ended up as District Governor for East Anglia in 2014/15. He also was involved in a number of international projects that took him to Belarus, Poland ,France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and most recently India where he has been 4 times and helped set up two Microfinance Projects, a cataract project and a sanitary napkin project in Rural communities on the outskirts of Bangalore.
All the time that Nick was involved in international projects, addressing the needs of the less fortunate, he was mindful of the needs of those closer to home, and In 2010 Nick along with 25 other like-minded people formed the Rotary club of Framlingham and their first job was to establish a community project to address the needs of people in the community. Hour Community was formed with a view to doing a few odd Jobs for people – they had no idea what it would grow into!!
Nick does not have much time for Hobbies but he is a long suffering Ipswich Town Season ticket holder – it must improve soon.
Nick is supported by his in credibly understanding wife Anne, who when asked recently what she has to do to support Nick she said “WORK.”
I have been involved with the Rotary Club, through my partner, for over 10 years. I became a Rotarian 2 years ago and have been involved with their community projects ever since.
I have 25 years of experience as a carer, which has involved working in Dementia care for the past 6 years at Mills Meadow care home in Framlingham and hold an NVQ III in Dementia Care and End of Life Care.
Currently I am involved in a number of services in a voluntary capacity, including working for the Forget-Me-Not club for those with Dementia and memory difficulties, enabling them and their carers to socialize within the community.
I am a volunteer driver for Hour Community's Hospital Transport Service and I have set up the Hour Community Dementia Befriending Service with a group of experienced carers.
Stuart is born and bred Suffolk, starting life in the south of the county. He currently lives by the sea with his dogs and can be seen on his daily walks, keeping fit and topping up his tan!
His working life began in retail, managing shops, before making a change in 1995, commencing work for Social Services, working with adults with learning disabilities in and around Ipswich. This culminated in 5 years, helping to set up and work at a horticultural training project in Claydon. After moving to Framlingham in 2002, Stuart began working for a Framlingham based Mental Health service in 2005. He continued to work for Mental Heath charities until 2012. Following spells working in residential care and, again, Social Services, he found himself volunteering for Framlingham's Community Car Scheme. It was during this time he was introduced to Hour Community, in a fateful meeting with Nick Corke in 2015.
Stuart Now divides his time between working from home, keeping administrative aspects of Hour Community up to date, and supporting much of Hour Community's work by 'chipping in' where needed. He particularly enjoys the weekly Trishaw outings, and can be seen struggling up the Market Hill on Friday mornings.
Stuart's passions include, the importance and undeniable benefits of volunteering, walking (always with dogs in tow), and collecting and creating unusual items with which he has festooned his house. All of this and an unhealthy attachment to doughnuts.
Born in Suffolk and educated at Framlingham’s Thomas Mills High School, Millie has a keen interest in Performing Arts, Music and Swimming. She is a Grade 5 Pianist and also received Classical Voice Training which came in very handy for the school’s production of West Side Story, where she played Anita. Having caught the ‘Travel Bug’ from her family, after her A levels instead of going straight to university she decided to see more of the world and moved to Crawley near Gatwick to become an Air Hostess. During her time flying she completed and received an Honours Degree in English Literature- studying whilst on various beaches!
When Millie decided to ‘hang up her wings’, she moved home to Suffolk and became a Teaching Assistant at Framlingham Primary School. During this time, she also ran additional needs clubs for pupils, was a Dinner Lady, and managed a pub! In 2012 she undertook a year’s Teacher Training and joined Mellis Primary School as a KS2 Teacher which she loved. Working with young people has always been an important part of her life, having also been a Brownie Guider for 10+ years and even taking a group of older guides to Uganda on a service project.
In 2016 Millie’s life changed dramatically as she had a major Mental Health Breakdown; eventually being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder alongside acute anxiety and severe depression. Teaching was suddenly out of the question as Millie received intense Dialectical Behaviour Therapy at The Priory alongside support from the NSFT. It was whilst in the middle of her initial recovery journey that the Worry Tree concept was born- written in coloured pencil on a scrap piece of paper while sat in her garden.
Fast forward to 2019 and Framlingham Worry Tree Cafe is now 2 years old. We now have another cafe in Leiston, as well as an associate one in Cambridge. Through person experience and training, Millie has now got extensive knowledge of Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Prevention and the Benefits System and what support people are entitled to. She is also doing a degree in Psychology and Counselling to be able to further support her community. In her spare time Millie enjoys walking with her therapy dog Trixie, colouring, reading (when able to), and of course listening to music.
Millie also does Community Driving, Befriending and supports a young man with learning difficulties.
James is a native of Suffolk having been discovered in the early 1970s living amongst a colony of wild Badgers, within Tunstall Forest. James was soon integrated into the world of men and went on to study O and A levels at Thomas Mills High School, in Framlingham.
With a hard earned C- in English and D is Home Economics, James successfully applied to study a degree in Circus Arts, majoring on Clown Skills and Escapology at the University of the West of England in Bristol.
Through a clear lack of any perceivable natural ability in performing arts, James realised that he was not destined for circus life and instead moved to London to embark on a more traditional career in Surveying. After a number of interesting roles a complete sense of apathy and underachievement led James to return home to Suffolk, where he now lives with his partner, two children and a South American Camelid. The latter being a pessimistic Llama, called Derek.
Outside of family life James is a keen Yodeller (representing East Suffolk at the 2007 Alpine Yodleing Championship in Kings Lynn) and is currently writing his first novel entitled ‘Last Tango in Tunstall - A Badgers Tale’
Penny moved to Framlingham in 2016 and quickly became involved with community groups in the town. Before retiring she was an Officer of a Local Authority in Essex and has a vast knowledge and experience of community work which has been a major part of her life and is passionate about. So inevitably when Covid presented itself she immediately signed up as a volunteer at Hour Community and enjoyed working with the Team so much, recently took up the position of Company Secretary, and not looked back. Her long-suffering husband Alan also volunteers for Hour Community.
Penny became a Framlingham Town Councillor in 2019 and serves on 4 committees. She enjoys music, gardening, skiing and travel but most of all enjoys spending spare time with her family and grandchildren.
Life is hectic at times but so very rewarding when you can make a difference to people’s lives.
Mike moved to Framlingham in December 2019 after taking early retirement from a successful 40 year career in Banking.
Mike’s experience in banking included roles as a branch and area manager, project management and leading a national peripatetic Learning and Development team that necessitated UK wide travel on a daily / weekly basis. One of the highlights of his career was being awarded the honour of Top branch manager in the UK when leading a team in one of the biggest and busiest branches in London.
Being born and raised in London and living most of his life in Essex, it was always Mike and his wife Lynne’s ambition to retire to Suffolk. When his daughter, son in law and 2 grandchildren moved to Framlingham, they fell in love with the town and knew they wanted to join them here.
It was always Mike’s ambition when he retired, to give time back supporting the local community and a month after moving to Framlingham, the Covid 19 pandemic was upon us and he volunteered to support Hour Community and the town as a shopper and driver. Since then he has been involved in other initiatives within the charity and was asked to become a trustee in November 2020.
Mike’s passions and interests are first and foremost his wife and family including his little Westie dog Skye and he loves spending time with his 2 very young grandchildren. He is a life long West Ham United supporter and season ticket holder, attending games with his friends. He enjoys socialising with wider family and friends and loves fast cars with a keen interest in all forms of motor sport. He enjoys travel and gardening and claims to be a mean BBQ chef.
I joined Hour Community as a trustee having carried out some volunteering and so loved the idea and loved helping people in my community that was keen to add to this in any way I can.
I own a business in Framlingham so get to meet people from all walks of life and love my job helping people to move into new homes and enjoy everything that this great town has to offer.
I am proud to be a part of Hour Community for as long as they will have me!