johnhowes.uk is a personal website, started January 2020. Still in development!

You might want to check Twitter and Facebook accounts for occasional postings. Note that this site’s contact form is a more reliable way of getting in touch.

About me

A few, not so random, facts.

A founder and continuing member of London Cycling Campaign. Amongst other activity to 2001: rides organiser for seven years, regular ‘stuffing evenings’ (magazine mail-out) supremo.

Ran Greenwich Friends of the Earth for a few years; spent ‘year off’ as volunteer at central office and running Schools Eco-Action Group/Youth Environmental Action.

Involvement in writing, photography and production for SE1 Community Newspaper. Various other Waterloo community action (and photography and publication production), 1980s.

Finance/admin/IT variously at Directory of Social Change, Plantlife and other charities/voluntary groups (1985-2001). First such job was as not-really-paid relief bookkeeper at Friends of the Earth (shortly followed by temporary manager of their new bookshop in ‘Almost Free Theatre’ foyer which became Books for a Change). Followed – after a spell selling recycled paper – by a few years freelancing, mainly working with Lambeth and Southwark community groups.

Created and ran VolResource and its associated websites and newsletter, from 1999 – see next section.

Further Howes sites

Websites managed by myself include:

  • Family history website Cutlock & Co. – the process of discovery, interesting stories and images.
  • MalvernTrail – ways of enjoying the natural and cultural delights of the countryside and towns on and around the Malvern Hills, especially cycling and walking.
  • VolResource, a portal providing a wide range of information for the UK voluntary and community sector.

Web-related services provided by other Howes brothers:

Website history

Not that anyone will be interested. All sites now hosted by krystal.uk – get £5 off when placing an order with our referral code 986d2607.

VolResource: first established March 1999 as a few pages at volresource.free-online.co.uk. Own domain/hosting July/September 1999. Originally developed with Dreamweaver, now powered by WordPress, current design theme: tweaked Twenty Sixteen. VoluntaryNews from October 2000 (WP Gazette theme), at one stage based on Drupal; CharityBlog – January 2006 (Ixion).

MalvernTrail: via Free Online (part of plus.net) January 2002, own hosting a few years later. Current design theme: tweaked Twenty Fourteen.

Cutlock & Co: registered December 2010, initially forwarding to wordpress.com site, on own hosting from October 2011. Current design theme: tweaked Gazette.

JohnHowes.uk: January 2020. Current design theme: plain Twenty Twenty.

mega.org.uk (used for a Malvern group and then as a test site) 2006 to December 2019.

Not to be confused with …

This material was originally on MalvernTrail’s About page – amendments and additions welcome.

The artist John Howes has his own website at johnhowes.co.uk (based South Wales). He is also connected with trad folk group Bear Bones.

John Howes, who was quality control chemist and later tour guide at Westons Cider in Much Marcle, and has a bench inscribed in his honour at the back of the courtyard there.

Someone I was confused with at work in the past, when he was chair of trustees: top administrator John Howes (Facebook link).

Cycling related

Howes Cycles, cycle shop in Cambridge at 104 Regent Street until 2013. Established by John Howes in 1840 and run by the family until it closed.

Jon Howes of Cycle Training Wales (still there late 2019).

A cyclist of similar age who sadly died after a crash in October 2019, as reported in this BBC news item.


johnhowes.net is currently (Jan. 2020) held by an American farm insurance agent.

Wikipedia John Howes page is for John Forman Howes, who was a Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. Died Feb. 2017.

John Howes Author, as per his Facebook handle, appears to live in Worcestershire. Upton perhaps. Sci-fi and fantasy author.

The John Howes of the related SoundCloud link appears to be connected with the music scene in Manchester.

John Howes, who has something to do with Tarn Hows SSSI in the Lake District.

John Howes, of electrical retailers Howes of Southborough (Tunbridge Wells), a vintage radio technical expert.

John R Howes, ‘criminal lawyer’ based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA (previously had johnhowes.com?)

There’s a John Howes Close in Easton, Norwich (the city where my paternal grandparents grew up) – although Google Maps shows it as Howe’s.


From Access to Archives (Norfolk record office, Howes family papers, noted Nov ’04): John Howes of Grays Inn, 1758 to 1787; John Howes of Morningthorpe, High Sheriff of Norfolk in 1718.

“An entry in the Census records states that [ John Howes] was “… one of the last to return from the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava after a failed attempt to capture the Russian guns … John Howes was born in Norfolk but ended his days living in Warwickshire.”

From a comment on BBC North East Wales Historical page (now defunct):

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