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The Parish Council 2015-16

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Chairman - Cllr. Nick Hurst.
Vice-Chairman - Cllr Roy Nicholas

The Chairman is an ex-officio menmber of this committee. Cllr. Nicholas, Cllr. Williams, Cllr. Ford, Cllr. Callaghan-Wright & Cllr. Mylechreest.

Cllr. Ford, Cllr. Nicholas & Cllr. Callaghan-Wright.

Representatives on Outside Bodies

Outside BodyCouncillor
Minchinhampton & Rodborough Commons Advisory CommitteeCllr. SchwartzYouth ClubCllr. Williams
Market House Management CommitteeCllr. Callaghan-Wright
Committee of Commoners Vacancy
Box Village HallCllr. Hemmings
Brimscombe & Thrupp Social CentreCllr Mylechreest
Nkokoto Link
Horsfall HouseCllr. Ford
Community Safety Partnership
Minchinhampton Sports AssociationCllr. Williams
Parish Council Liaison Officers

Rights of Way Liason OfficeCllr. Morriss
Allotments Liason OfficerCllr. Morriss
Pash Legacy OfficerCllr. Waddington
Snow WardenCllr Schwartz
Parish SeatsCllr Ford, Cllr Nicholas
Minchinhampton North Ward

Minchinhampton North Ward is represented by six councillors:-
Gerald Ford
Nick Hurst
Stan Waddington
John Williams
Mike Beard and Jules Merrison

Gerald Ford

Councillor Gerald Ford
Councillor Gerald Ford
Gerald was born and brought up in the parish at Albert Road, Brimscombe. At the age of 12 he joined Minchinhampton Scout Group who at that time met at Burleigh Court. This was the start of his involvement with the town.
Gerald married a local girl and eventually moved to Minchinhampton where he was involved with the Country Fayre from the first reinstated one in 1967 and Chairman for 6 fayres up until 1996.
Gerald, along with the scouts, was responsible for starting the fortnightly Saturday shopping trips which are now run by Ebley Coaches.
He joined the Parish Council in 1983 and has been a continuous member ever since. His aim as a councillor is to see Minchinhampton as a pleasant place to live with a fair deal for all. Gerald is a representative on the Horsfall House Committee.
Mike Beard

1Counciller Mike Beard
Counciller Mike Beard

Mike Beard has lived in Minchinhampton since 2003 having retired from the electrical contracting business and moved here from Upton St. Leonards. He is married with three children and two grandchildren.

His education started at the Crypt School in Gloucester from where he proceeded to St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, leaving with a degree in Jurisprudence. While at the hall, he played rugby for the Freshmen Greyhounds and also was picked for the Oxford University XV.

Mike’s retirement is now spent enjoying golf here on the new courses at MGC, being a keen member of a Rotary Club in Gloucester and Probus here in Minchinhampton, as well as the occasional holiday abroad. Other interests are gardening, walking and supporting the rugby players at Kingsholm in Gloucester. Recently the Community Library has been set up and Mike is a keen volunteer supporter. After some time being away from local council work, Mike is looking forward to continuing his role as a Parish Councillor and helping the

Nick Hurst

1Councillor Nick Hurst
Councillor Nick Hurst

Nick has lived in Minchinhampton since 1972. When he arrived here there was a good mixture of shops from shoe-mending to bakeries. He feels the town then had a balance, which has been taken away by “progress” and that unless we are vigilant the process will continue to erode what the town has to offer.
Nick is married to Kathy and they have three children Lucy, Tim and Sophie and three grand children. He enjoys archaeology, croquet, gardening and walking.
Nick is Chairman to the Parish Council and is a member of the Finance Committee.

Stan Waddington

Councillor Stan Waddington
Councillor Stan Waddington
Stan Waddington is married with a grown up family and lives in a house overlooking the Great Park in Minchinhampton. He is a long serving Parish Councillor who represents the North Ward.
Stan is also a County Councillor representing the Minchinhampton and Nailsworth wards. He is also the Cabinet member for the Environment and is a member of the Appointments Committee. Stan also is a representative on the Pash Legacy, which is administerd by the Parish Council.

John Williams

1Cllr John Williams
Cllr John Williams

    John represents the North Ward and has lived in Minchinhampton area for over thirty years with family connections going back several hundred. He joined the Parish Council in 2005 and is a member of the Finance Committee. He heads up the Road Safety awareness working party and is the parish councils representative on the Minchinhampton Sports Association and Minchinhampton Youth Club.

John believes that Parish Council’s grass roots democracy can make a difference, by working as a team free of mainstream party politics for the betterment of their own community, tangible changes can be achieved. Councillors should be mindful that they represent the whole of the parish and that everyone should be able to have a say in their communities’ future.

John is also interested in the History and Environment of the parish and is Chairman of the Minchinhampton Local History Group as well as being an artist with a keen interest in photography.

Jules Merrison

1Jules Merrison
Jules Merrison

Jules Merrison moved to the area in February 2016 after a long search to find a family home. A beautiful rural location, a good school and an active community were key to the search and she was lucky enough to find a home on the edge of Minchinhampton. Jules is married and is enjoying being a new mum; Arthur has just celebrated his first birthday.

After joining the Royal Air Force on completion of her university degree in 2002, Jules has lived in various locations across the UK and Cyprus, as well as the Middle East where she carried out operational tours. She is a serving Medical Support Officer and currently works at RAF Brize Norton.

A keen traveller, especially to South East Asia, Jules loves to learn about culture, cuisine and wine. She has previously enjoyed parachuting, skiing, and mountaineering but now focuses more on 'domestic creativity' and family life. This is the first time Jules has been a councillor and is keen to get involved with supporting community projects

Minchinhampton South Ward

Minchinhampton South Ward is represented by three councillors:-
Philip Callaghan-Wright
Pippa Schwartz and Andrew Nicholls

Philip Callaghan-Wright

Philip and Katie have lived in the area for many years. Philip worked for a number of years in Civil Engineering and Contract Arbitration Law before training to become a teacher. He has worked in many educational settings ranging from specialist secondary technology college to his present post as Director of Studies in a Boarding School in the Cotswolds.

Philip has always sought to be involved in the local community where he has lived, in many voluntary roles, which has included serving as a School Governor, a member of a Parochial Church Council and Deanery Synod, a member of a Dioceses Board of Education, a past member of Lions International charity and on committees associated with Music and Dramatic societies, working with both adults and children, a passion that he has enjoyed on a semi-professional level, including work for the BBC and the Theatre Royal Bath, amongst others.

Pippa Schwartz

Pippa has lived in the parish with her family since 1990, first of all in Burleigh and more recently in the town of Minchinhampton.

She spent the first half of her adult life working in London and New York for Unilever, in market research. She met her husband, David, in New York and together they decided to find a more peaceful place to bring up their family.

It is a matter of concern to her that life in the countryside can so often be shattered by housing development in inappropriate places. For almost 20 years, Pippa has worked on the local committee of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the only national charity with the countryside as its core concern.

Andrew Nicholls

1Cllr Andrew Nicholls
Cllr Andrew Nicholls
Brimscombe Ward

Brimscombe ward is represented by three councillors:-
Charlie Morriss
Alastair Mylechreest
Anthony Cipriani

Charlie Morriss

1Cllr Charlie Morriss
Cllr Charlie Morriss

Charlie Morriss has lived in the parish for the past 23 years and has been a Parish Councillor for 16 years.
Since leaving the army 29 years ago, he has worked as an engineer for a manufacturer of high speed digital printing systems.
One of his main interests is Public Rights of Way and he has therefore taken on responsibility for Rights of Way in the Parish. He is also the Allotments Liaison Officer.
Outside his parish responsibilities, he is member of the Gloucestershire Local Access Forum.

Alastair Mylechreest

1Councillor Alastair Mylechreest
Councillor Alastair Mylechreest

Alastair grew up in Worcester and after University in Reading qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in London. After a few years living and working in Hampshire, work brought him to Gloucestershire ten years ago and he has lived in Burleigh ever since.
Alastiar hopes to help the Parish Council encourage a sense of community ans is keen to improve communication throughout the Parish, especially involving the outlying villages. His other particular interests are in the Common and environmental matters.
Cllr Mylechreest is on the Finance Committee and the Procedures Working Party.

Anthony Cipriani

1Councillor Anthony Cipriani
Councillor Anthony Cipriani
Amberley Ward

Amberley Ward is represented by two councillors:-
Roy Nicholas
and Jennifer Molyneux

Roy Nicholas

1Councillor Roy Nicholas
Councillor Roy Nicholas

Roy Nicholas is the longest serving member of the Parish Council, having served continuously for nearly 50 years, during which time he was chairman consecutively for 18 of them.
In addition, during this time he has represented the Parish as a County and District Councillor as well. Whilst a member of the District Council he was Chairman of the Council, Chairman of the Planning and Development Control Committee and also Recreation and Leisure Committee.

During this time he has gained a great knowledge of Local Government and finds it a privilege to dissipate his knowledge at Parish Council meetings, especially on Planning matters.
Planning has been his forte and as such is particularly keen to see that all planning applications conform with what we in the Parish of Minchinhampton see as not spoiling the environment or our heritage which we are privileged to enjoy.
People have been his life, being for many years the Personnel Manager of one of our local firms, he champions the cause of those who might otherwise be put on and endeavours to see fair play for all.

Jennifer Molyneux

Jennifer has lived with her family in Amberley for 30 years. Her children have all attended local schools and colleges.
Having lived and worked in the area for so long means that she has many and varied interests. In particular she hopes to contribute to the Common and environmental matters.

Box Ward

Box Ward is represented by one councillor , Steve Hemmings.

Steve Hemmings

Steve Hemmings has lived in Gloucestershire since 1971, shortly after starting his career in computers, and bought his first house in Box in 1977. He moved 50 yards down the road in 1986 to accommodate his small family and has lived there ever since. Steve is married and has one son, who attended Minchinhampton school and who now lives in Stroud.

Shortly after moving to the village, Steve joined Box Village Hall Management Committee, on which he still serves as Vice Chairman, and became an active committee member of Box Village Society. Steve is also a member of Box Gardening Club and is a founder member of Box Computer Club, as well as one of the originators and the current editor of Box web site.

Steve continued to live in Box even whilst commuting to various regional management posts in IT Support based in London, but has very recently resigned from his long IT career of 40+ years, now being self-employed as a local “maintenance man”.

1Cllr Steve Hemmings
Cllr Steve Hemmings