About Us

The ‘Save Our Sun’ committee are an entirely voluntary group of locals from the Tidenham Parish They were elected following 2 public meetings, attended by over 100 locals following a leaflet drop about whether there was a will to save our local pub in May 2013. This was organised once it became evident that the owners intended to develop the site into residential property, rather than re-open the pub as a free house and freehold.

This committee has worked tirelessly since this time to secure the communities’ vision of the Rising Sun becoming a Community hub, owned by the Community itself.

The Committee

We are a cohesive unit with a real mixture of skills, from Small and Large business owners, a GP, a Hospitality Accountant, Financial Adviser, Project managers and homemakers! What we all share is a passion and determination to return our pub to the community for the benefit of the community.

Michelle Hayes

Michelle is a local GP who has lived in Woodcroft for 17 years with her husband Joolz and 2 children.

I became Chair of the Save our Sun committee after the others suggested I take it on and was elected at a public meeting. I believe strongly in community and when we first arrived here, I met most of my friends at the pub. A community needs a heart and I am determined to help put it back!

It has been a real roller-coaster of a battle to save our pub this last 7 years and I am sure there will be a few more twists and turns along the way. I hope I bring resilience, organisation, good communication and drive to succeed!

Steve Hebborn

Steve has lived in Woodcroft since 2011. He is married with 3 sons.

Steve is the CEO of a leisure, hospitality and retail group and has over 15 years experience in the leisure and hotel sector.

Lynne Fletcher

Lynne has lived in the village for the last 23 years and her husband, Keith was born here. One of the reasons for her husbands wanting to return to the village was the active community spirit of which the pub was the heart.

She is a committee member of the local WI and also of the Chepstow Town womens Guild, instigated the turning of the local bus shelter into a free library. She also volunteers at the parish lunches held at the Christian Centre in Woodcroft.

Ged Weir

Geraldine was born in the parish and has lived here all her life moving from Sedbury to Woodcroft 31 years ago, when we moved here we had a shop, post office, butchers and a bakers as well as The Rising Sun, one by one we’ve watched the heart of our community disappearing leaving us with only our pub which eventually closed.

I joined Save the Sun committee to help bring our community back to life, I’m married to a successful business man with 2 sons and 5 grandchildren.

Eleanor Windsor

Eleanor Windsor grew up in the local area and lives with her husband and two children in Tutshill.

In her professional life she heads up the Knowledge Management function for a leading UK law firm and having worked in law firms and professional services outsourcing for 20 years, she brings project and operational management experience to the Rising Sun committee.

Eleanor played a leading role for the group in securing the Rising Sun as an Asset of Community Value, including fighting and winning a tribunal appeal. She now holds the role of Committee Secretary.

Gerald Archer

Gerald is a local businessman who has been self-employed for 30 years advising in Financial Wealth Management.

He has always lived worked and schooled in the area and moved to Woodcroft with his wife Carol in 2004.

​Gerald joined the Rising Sun Committee at inception and has been actively involved to try to retain it as a focal point for the community of Woodcroft and surrounding areas.

Neil Bedford

Neil is a local businessman who has been self employed for 36 years, he has a keen interest in keeping locals together and he also runs a small Motorcycle club who meet once a month, originally in the Rising Sun but now in Wetherspoons.

Neil’s interests include membership of a Gloucestershire based car club and another weekly bike club.

He had a house built in the village as he found the locals very welcoming. Sadly without the pub we only see a few locals now a days!

Neil’s wife Chris is a member of WI and Towns Womens Guild and also a village based book club.

Richard Hodge

Richard has lived in Tutshill for the last four years with his wife and son. He is the Technical Director of a Travel Technology company and knows his was around a keyboard.