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Mablethorpe Area Partnership CIC

Working together for a stronger economy

Building on the years of work already undertaken, the Mablethorpe Area Partnership (MAP), the Mablethorpe and Sutton Chamber of Trade (MASCOT), and Mablethorpe Tourism Forum combined in 2014 to form a new Community Inerest Company, the MAP CIC.

The CIC has an office in The Community Access Point and a full time employee assisted by a Board of Volunteers.  Currently heavily relient on funding from ELDC the CIC strives to become self funding to provide a permanent body able to take on larger and longer term projects.

Meet The MAP CIC Team

The bulk of the work is carried out by the paid staff in the form of our Operations Manager (full time, funded by ELDC) and Festival Co-ordinator (part time, funded by festival grants).  The directors and advisor's give their time on a voluntary basis guiding and supporting the paid staff and reducing their workload where possible.  Meetings are attended by representatives of the Town Council and District Council who are encouraged to take an active role within the team if they wish to. 

John Clarke - Chairman Graham Parkhurst - Deputy Chairman & Finance Karen Froggat - Operations Manager John Handley Keith Butters David Brailsford Helen Matthews Helen Parkhurst Julie Shepard Ian Noyes - Advisory Role Chris Drew - Membership Services Jim Needley - Legal Consultant Paul Dobbs - Financial Advisor Gordon Leesley - Health & Safety Advisor

John Clarke

Director • Chairman

Originally from Nottinghamshire, John moved into the Mablethorpe area in 1990, having worked in various management roles in the food, pharmaceuticals and IT industries from production management through to sales and marketing.  He decided ten years ago to turn his model engineering hobby into a full-time business and now runs Lynx Model Works, carrying out precision engineering and building working, large scale, live steam engines.  John has been Chairman of the Mablethorpe Area Partnership since 2011 and brings a wealth of experience to enhance the Boards activities.

Graham Parkhurst

Director • Deputy Chairman & Finance

Educated in London and later taking an HNC in Business Studies, Graham moved to Mablethorpe over 20 years ago to start a new life.  Graham became involved with various groups around town as a volunteer including the Mablethorpe Carnival Committee.  He started his own business in 2004 as a database programmer and later became a Town Councillor.  He was appointed to the Mablethorpe Area Partnership as the Town Council’s liaison representative and after the first year remained on the Board, representing Mablethorpe in Bloom.

Karen Froggatt

Operations Manager

Karen was employed as our Town Centre Manager in 2009 and has established some excellent relationships with local businesses and the local authorities, as well as good local knowledge of the area.  Prior to this, Karen worked for many years in a management capacity in the Tourism Industry both abroad and in the UK, both as an Operations Manager and a Commercial Manager.  She is also very experienced in event organisations, project implementation and delivery, marketing and funding bids.

John Handley

Director • Project Development

Born and bred in the county, John’s business career spans more than 50 years in and around the Mablethorpe area, primarily in the Retail Motor trade and wholesale distribution.  A founder member of the Mablethorpe Area Partnership Board and Past Chairman of MASCOT (Mablethorpe and Sutton Chamber of Trade, now amalgamated within our new structure) John is anxious to ensure the community’s business interests are fully represented.  Ambitious for the economic growth of our towns, John maintains an active interest in local affairs and is keen to see MAP achieve its full potential.

Keith Butters

Director • Website Management

Keith is Lincolnshire born and bred and originates from a farming family.  He still has a keen interest in farming and is a member of the NFU.  Keith is the lead developer in Bowhunter Websites which is his current major business interest.  Keith works with many businesses, associations and clubs to market their goods and services.  He has been an active member of MASCOT and the Mablethorpe Tourism Forum and has been involved in organising the Bathing Beauties Festival since its inception in 2007.

David Brailsford

Director • Project Development

David was born, educated and works in the Mablethorpe area.  He was in the Armed Forces for ten years after leaving Alford School and gained experience in administration.  For the past 35 years, David has been General Manager/Director of Leisure Group of Caravan Parks in the Mablethorpe and Sutton area.  David actively works with many local projects that support the local needs of both residents and businesses in the area.

Helen Matthews

District Council Representative

Helen has lived in Lincolnshire for most of her life, for the last 20 years on the coast, and is a District Councillor for Sutton on Sea.  Helen is a local tourism provider with experience in hospitality and event management.  She has been an active volunteer in the community and instrumental in attracting the funding and setting up some of our events.  With a degree in Fine Art and Visual Culture and a background in managing projects working with families in area of social deprivation Helen brings a wealth of experience to the team.

Helen Parkhurst

Town Council Representative

Cllr Helen Parkhurst has lived in the parish now for over 20 years and always been involved with local groups in our community.  Helen currently works in Mablethorpe Library and has been appointed to the MAP CIC board as the Town Councils Representative.

Julie Sheppard

Festival Co-ordinator

Julie joined the team in 2015 to fill the role of Festival Co-ordinator.  Julie is a mother of 3 with a background in Customer Service, Retail, Human Resources, Internet Marketing, Search Engine Optimisation, and Social Media Management.  Julie does a lot of voluntary work in the community as a School Governor, Parish Councillor and is also a director of the Spirit of the Marsh not-for-profit organisation.

Ian Noyes

Non-exec Director • Advisory Role

Ian’s career was in the motor industry, joining C S Martin Ltd. at Alford and retiring from that company in 2002 as Managing Director and Director of UK operations for Finnveden Group AB.  As President of The Engineering Employers Association East Midlands in 1999/2000 he lobbied for training and manpower development at both local and national government levels.  He was elected a Companion of the Institute of Management in 1996 and appointed an honorary member of City and Guilds of London Institute in 2000.  Ian brings with him a wealth of experience.

Chris Drew

Director • Membership Services

Chris moved to Mablethorpe in 2003 from East Yorkshire where he had studied engineering and briefly worked for the Crown Prosecution Service before joining a software development company in which he eventually became a Director.  Since moving to Mablethorpe, Chris has enjoyed the challenge of being a freelance IT support technician and is now a full time web developer.  He worked within MASCOT from its creation and has sat on numerous other local committees though now prefers to focus on the CIC.  Chris’ knowledge of IT and business and project analysis are his key contributions to the CIC.

Jim Needley

Legal Advisor

Jim joined John Barkers as a delivery boy in 1962 and went on to become a qualified Solicitor in 1971 after time at The College of Law Guildford.  He also became a Partner in 1971 taking over the running of the Louth and Mablethorpe offices specialising in property probate and inheritance tax but in the early years also attended the local courts at Louth, Alford and Spilsby.  Jim spends Saturday nights helping at a Soup Kitchen and visits Southern India to support tribal children once a year.

Paul Dobbs

Financial Advisor

Information to follow.

Gordon Leesley

Health & Safety Advisor

Gordon moved into the Mablethorpe area in 2010 having worked in the Foundry Industry and later as a Foundry Manager.  As the steel industry declined he worked in a Special Hospital providing occupational therapy using his woodworking skills.

Gordon took on the role of MAP CIC Health and Safety Officer in 2011 and has a significant input into the Event Plans for all of the organisations events.  When the events are taking place Gordon is often one of the first to arrive and last to leave sometimes putting in 12 hours or more to ensure everything goes smoothly and safely.

What does the MAP CIC do?

The events we stage (see next section) are our most obvious achievements and certainly take up a lot of time but that's only the start of what we do.  To help people learn more about our activities we have decided to publish our second to last quarterly update on this site (members are emailed the latest as it comes out). 

Listed below are some of our past and current activities and achievements.

MAP CIC Events

Continuing the work of the Tourism Forum, MAP CIC runs numerous events throughout the year to increase footfall and make our towns fun and interesting places to live and visit.  Six MAP CIC led events are highlighted below but there are many more and MAP also plays a supporting role in several events organised by other groups.  Click the pictures for more information.

Mablethorpe Busking Festival

Adding atmosphere, fun and interest this simple festival see's a diverse collection of musicians take turns to do 30 minute sets in a variety of locations in the town, park and on the prom.

Mablethorpe Bike Night

Run in association with the Mablethorpe Bikers, this event attracts new visitors to the area and is also popular with local residents.  Cafes and coffee shops stay open and live music ensures a great atmosphere.

Bathing Beauties Festival

A well established festival utilising the beach huts as pop up shops for artisan crafters and artists.  Musicians, performers and entertainers of all types entertain the crowds.

Christmas Events

Festive events in both Sutton and Mablethorpe with a Christmas market, live music and entertainment, traditional carol singing, Santa’s grotto and more.  A firm favourite with the community.

Craft Market

Adding to the shopping experience, on our craft markets, you will find an array of hand crafted products including jewellery, gifts , paintings and more. An ideal opportunity to find that unusual gift.

Halloween Fireworks

A professionally run bonfire night in Trusthorpe with fireworks and a Halloween theme.  Best costume and carved pumpkin competitions get the community into the spooky spirit.

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