Chris moved to Swallowcliffe in September 1997 from
West Drayton (situated one mile North of Heathrow). Needless to
say the new location is a considerable improvement in terms of quality
Chris is managing director of Cravenplan Computers Limited, a company
he started in 1984. The move to Swallowcliffe gave the company room to expand
and many loal people were employed. The business was sold at the beginning of 2013 to Urban Media UK Ltd but payment was never made and the case went to the High Court in London.
Chris' planned retirement is on hold for the time being and he is rebuilding the business. Chris also found time to be chairman of the Wiltshire Rural Business Club and was
elected to the parish council in 1999, he was on the council for eight years and the village hall committee for 14. Being
a great believer in using local facilities, the village hall was
the venue for the monthly Swallowcliffe debating society of
which Chris is chairman and the music evenings which Chris started
running in 2001.
In his spare time, Chris has been a keen motorcyclist for many
years and covers around 12,000 miles a year on his Kawasaki GTR
1400. In July 1999 he took part in a 48 hour fund-raising event
in aid of the RNLI then in the Summer of 2000 he became the first
person in Britain and only the third person outside the USA to cover
over 1,500 miles on a motorcycle in under 24 hours. He is a senior
observer (instructor) with the Institute of Advanced Motorcycling,
which involves training motorcyclists in the area to an advanced standard.
Chris can often be seen out and about in the area with a trainee.
He also owns three trail bikes which he has put
to good use exploring some of the beautiful byways in the area.
His other means of travel is a rare Mini Traveller Estate which
has covered only 100,000 miles since it was built in 1963. He also enjoys an open top V8 Land Rover which is used all year round. At the end of 2011 he was persuaded to become chairman of the local TRF group. The TRF (Trail Riders Fellowship) is heavily involved in preserving access to, and helping to maintain standards of, public rights of way throughout England and Wales.
Other hobbies include music and the movies - Chris says "I
watch a movie three or four nights a week on average - it helps
relax me before going to bed. I also enjoy most types of music and regularly
travel to listen to interesting bands. Jazz and Ska are my current favourite music genres".
Chris is also a keen photographer and provided a couple of the
pictures featured in the Swallowcliffe 2000 Calendar as well as being one of the official photographers for the Larmer Tree Festival. (https://www.swallowcliffe.com/larmer-tree-2013)
Regular exercise comes in the form of cycling on the downs most mornings and Jive dancing. He has also recently started travelling beyond the UK with a photography holiday in Iceland during 2013 and has cycled through Cuba during the latter part of 2015.
Chris also supports Hope and Homes for Children and is chairman of the South Wiltshire support group committee. The charity is locally based and helps children in Eastern and Central Europe and Africa to have a home and a future. In 2007 he raised over £5,000 by way of a sponsored shave (he'd had a beard for over thirty five years).