Rokia Brown Degree (BA Hons.) Humanities. Heritage Studies, History with English Literature 


University of Birmingham
The Federation of Community Work Training Groups Collective
Working with Community Organisation
City and Guilds Level 3 Adult learning/ Teacher Training

Nottingham Trent University, 1998- 2000

University of Birmingham. 2000 ( The federation of community work Training collective) Working with community organisations

Derbyshire Youth Offending Team/Derbyshire County council               

Experience -  2001 to the Present Day.

South East Derbyshire Collage. 2004

Derbyshire Excellence in the Community Award 2011


Waingroves Community Woodlands Project (Ground Work Derby and Derbyshire)

Ironville Allotment Project (Ground Work Erewash)
Countryside Skills Course Holbrook Centre for Autism
(Ground Work Derby and Derbyshire National Lottery Breathing Places).


Published Poet. Faith and Spirituality Poems. Published by The forums of Faith for Derby. 2006.

Uplifting Moments. Published by United Press 2011.

The National Poetry Anthology Published by United Press 2012.

Rokia was one of the original founding members of the Codnor Castle Preservation Society now the Codnor Castle Heritage Trust.

Vice Chairman 2011.

Became Chairman 2013.

Day job. Special needs Residential Support Worker for young adults Wirksworth, Derbyshire..

"Some of the most deeply rooted instincts we possess are a want to connect with our past, to re-kindle our friendship with nature and to understand the landscape we live in.

Codnor Castle is a highly important and significant ancient monument in terms of it's long history, it's significance to the local community and beautiful rural countryside that surround it.

As a local resident, we are extremely lucky to have this remarkable site on our doorstep. I believe we always regret losing what we can never get back.

The Castle and surroundings should be preserved, enjoyed and remembered now and for all time."

Sheenagh Rothwell – Secretary, Membershi

Sheenagh Rothwell 

Secretary, Membership Secretary

First member of the Codnor Castle Preservation Society established in August 2006.
Enthusiastic Amateur Historian
Day Job – Human Resource Assistant at a company in Eastwood.



"Born in Street Lane in 1957 I was brought up in Heage, having an affection for the area in which I grew up.

Job redundancy in 1980 brought a change of career and home to another part of the country.

A councillor in Heage and Ambergate (1979 – 84), in Eastleigh (Southampton) in 1986 – 87 and active in Reading politics from 1987 – 1999, I became a member of Ripley Town council again from 2007 and a Derbyshire county councillor in May 2013.

I am active in a wide variety of local voluntary bodies and Carnival committees, including Treasurership of three –Ripley Residents Association, Codnor Castle Heritage Trust and Ripley Heritage Action Group. I’m also a football referee.

I am a governor of Street Lane primary school near Ripley.

A lover of history, football, cricket, running and walks, I’m now an agency worker and supply teacher."

Irene Oxley

Irene Oxley Trustee

I am a retired foster carer and have lived in Codnor for over 50 years.
a founder member of the Codnor Castle Heritage Trust and joined at the first meeting when we were the Codnor Castle Preservation Society.
I am passionate about preserving Codnor Castle for future generations. My role within the Trust is Fundraiser and Caterer on our Open Days and at Events held at the Castle.
I believe the Codnor Castle site should be available to the public as much as possible. I have worked as a volunteer on historical projects before and helped create and run a Victorian Farm in Shipley Park. There I also ran the Water Tower Café and prepared the meals for visiting school groups.
With the help of our local Tesco shop I continue to fund raise around Codnor, Tesco has given us their wholehearted support and the staff are involved in our Events.


Dorothy Baxter Friendship Secretary

Likes anything Historic and talking to people.