Meet Our Organising Committee

Chris Close


Chris recently took on the role of Chairman in 2017 and has continued the family connection to CHAPS following David and Elizabeth Close who were founding members. Chris aims to continue to grow CHAPS over the coming years and to make it one of the most well-attended historical societies in the area.

Dr Chris Brookings


Dr. Chris Brookings has been an active member of the organising committee for many years and takes care of all matters to do with membership. Chris has spent many years as a GP. He recently used his X- ray examination skills on CHAPS projects, identifying anomalies from aerial photos that others could not spot!.

Sandra Johnson


As a keen amateur historian and local Collyweston girl, Sandra plays a pivotal role in carrying out research for the society. Sandra spends hours of her personal time to provide essential historical information to help with our projects.

Debby Guthrie


Debby recently joined the organising committee as meetings 


Paul Johnson

Palace Sub Committee

As a Stamfordian Paul has lived in Collyweston for 14 years and has a great interest in the village and its history. Paul worked in Estate Agency and property for over 40 years locally prior to retirement and is now a Sale Room assistant and Auctioneer with Golding Young Auctioneers. Paul's previous experience will enable him to enhance the work carried out by CHAPS in their investigations.