Honley website team

Introducing the HBA team

As with many community groups, a great deal of time and effort goes on behind the scenes to make sure that Honley Business Association benefits the people who live, work and visit Honley.

The committee are all volunteers, who give their time throughout the year to monitor and run the website and social media feeds, as well as constantly raising funds to help improve our village. Then there are the major events. The Christmas Light Switch-on and Christmas Market, among others, are all made possible thanks to the work and dedication of the HBA team.

Here you can find out a little bit more about the driving force behind HBA and meet the team that put together this website.

June McLean


A familiar face around Honley, June owns Zebra and was a founding member of Honley Business Association. She helped set up the Community Facebook Group, raised funds for CCTV and works tirelessly for the benefit of our village. June’s also in charge of the Community Facebook Group.

Sylvia Sellen


Sylv’s a self-confessed ‘comer-inner’ and as a lover of Honley, she set up the Friends of Honley group in 2015, and took on the Chair of HBA in 2019.  Sylv’s passion is helping people and businesses and she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. Want something done? Speak to Sylvia!

Philip Lofthouse


Philip, joined HBA as Treasurer in 2013. Owner of Stead Robinson accountants, Philip is definitely not another boring old accountant. With his van and triple-ladder, it’s Philip and his team of willing volunteers who install the amazing village displays and festive Christmas lights.

Lynne Green

Committee Member

Celebrant Lynne Green, from Creating Memories, has been a member of HBA since her business began five years ago.

Having recently moved to the area, she turned to the support of HBA to help launch her own business and immediately began volunteering in all the village events. Two years later, she joined the committee keen to pay back some of the invaluable support she had received, both in terms of her business connections and friendships made.

Lynne is a key volunteer at our larger events, which would not be possible without the tireless support of volunteers.

Lynne said: “It’s not just the business connections, it’s also the friendships you make. Being able to support and meet up with businesses in the village, discover local suppliers, venues and obtain information, is useful for not only you and your business, but also for recommending to your customers. It’s all part of the support given by the HBA team.”

Oliver and Katie Schofield

Committee Member

Baristas Oliver and Katie Schofield know how to refuel our team when it comes to coffee and cake.

The husband and wife team, who own Wired Coffee and Cake, became HBA members soon after opening their friendly café in Honley.

Since then, they have supported local businesses and events in the village where Katie grew up.

Whether it’s sharing neighbouring businesses’ social media posts, organising monthly walking groups or providing teas, coffees and cake to local events within the village, the couple see the importance in supporting one another.

“I always wanted our café to be in Honley,” said Katie. “It’s a lovely village, with loyal customers and some great businesses.”

Rachel Valli

Committee Member

Many of you will recognise Rachel as the face behind ReDress Boutique, dressing us in designer and high street favourites at a fraction of the price.

She is also the face behind the scenes, supporting HBA since its early beginnings.

Whether that has been helping to increase membership or supporting events, such as the Easter Egg Trail she arranged with local businesses, Rachel is always keen to give her support to the village in which she works.

“Honley is a thriving village in terms of the support for independent businesses. That is due to the effort everyone puts in, whether that’s from HBA, volunteers or neighbouring businesses,” she said.

Here’s the team behind the website

Sophie Seddon


“Every village has a story to tell and Honley is no exception. I am a people person and I love Honley for its strong community feel. I am privileged to have been asked to write the stories about the friendly people who make this village such a great place to live, work and visit and who make Honley the wonderful place it is to be.” – Sophie Seddon

Sophie is a former journalist and police communications officer and, after taking over from former HBA copywriter Jeanette Dyson, is now the face behind the stories you read on this website.

Whether it’s briefing a senior command team, interviewing household names and leading politicians, or hearing about the wonderful work of local volunteer and community groups and businesses, Sophie has all the tools to spot an interesting story in the people she meets.

After falling in love with the vibrant village of Honley, its cobbled streets, community feel and friendly people, Sophie and her family have happily called Honley their home for the last 13 years.


Sandie Nicholson


“I absolutely love Honley and the fabulous countryside right on our doorstep. It’s always a privilege to capture our beautiful scenery and the great community spirit of our village life.”

Sandie fell in love with the beautiful landscape of the Holme Valley while walking her dog and, over a decade ago, began capturing the images on film and sharing her photography. Her passion has grown to include community events in our area and she’s the official photographer for the Honley Show. Sandie’s photographs have been used to illustrate Christmas cards by Kirkwood Hospice for many years, and she reached an international audience when her photos of Yorkshire villages were broadcast on ITV during their live TV coverage of the Yorkshire Grand Depart. Sandie regularly gives talks to community groups about her photography experiences, donating her speaker’s fee to Friend to Friend, a group helping to improve the lives of older people.

John Steel Photography


“I‘m a ‘people’ photographer. It’s people who add personality to a place and there’s certainly plenty of personalities around Honley. It’s what made working on the website great fun!”

John Steel

John admits he never set out to become a photographer, but has certainly found his calling. He describes himself as ‘quite handy with a camera’ – an understatement to say the least. There’s personality shining through each and every photo John takes and his knack for capturing ‘character’ brings his photography to life. There’s a vibrant sense of movement in all John’s photos that makes you want to see more.

John lives and works in the area, and was the obvious person to complement Sandie’s work, capturing the life and soul of our village on film. In his day job he works with people: capturing a couple’s special day with his wedding photography, chronicling a family’s special bond, snapping that perfect sporting moment, or illustrating what makes a company unique, with his commercial photography.


Social Progress

Web build & Project management

“We love being a part of the local business community in and around Honley. We feel very privileged to call lots of the businesses we work with and support in their businesses, friends.”

Janet Bebb

Social Progress are experts at social media and marketing, providing services including social media management and training for clients big and small. Yet there’s much more to their offer as they proved with the HBA website. Using their project management skills, they took John Polley’s branding, Sandie and John’s pictures and Jeanette’s words and transformed them into the fully functioning website you see today.

They definitely know what they’re talking about when it comes to technology but they’re great with people too, translating tech-talk into language that makes sense to anyone. That’s one of the reasons they worked so well with the HBA team!


John Polley

Brand design

“With the new Honley brand, I wanted to pull people into the word – and world – of Honley. By using a transparent ‘O’ in Honley, my aim was to make people look at the village in a new light.”

John Polley

John, together with his team, spends his days creating new brands for businesses. His brief for the Honley Business Association website was to create something fresh and vibrant that brings to life the warm, friendly character of our village. As an experienced graphic designer and branding specialist, John did that and more. He developed a palette of colours, giving the new brand the flexibility to highlight different aspects of our village.

With HBA John took the same meticulous approach he does with all his clients, researching our village history and heritage as well as the look and feel of Honley today., He then developed a selection of designs that led to the branding you see today.