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The Parish Council 2012/13

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

FINANCE COMMITTEE:-
The Chairman is an ex-officio menmber of this committee. Cllr. Nicholas, Cllr. Williams, Cllr. Ford, Cllr. Draper & Cllr. Mylechreest.

COMPLAINTS PANEL:-
Cllr. Morgan, 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 CommonersCllr. Callaghan-Wright
Box Village HallCllr. Hemmings
Brimscombe & Thrupp Social CentreCllr Mylechreest
Nkokoto LinkCllr. Lloyd
Horsfall HouseCllr. Ford
Community Safety PartnershipCllr. Morgan
Minchinhampton Sports AssociationCllr. Williams
Parish Council Liaison Officers

GroupCouncillor
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
Sally Morgan
Nick Hurst
Stan Waddington
John Williams
Mike Beard

Mike Beard

1Counciller Mike Beard
Counciller Mike Beard

Mike Beard has lived in Minchinhampton for six years having moved here from Upton St. Leonards. He is married with three children and two grandchildren and retired in 2003 after working in the electrical contracting business.
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 full Oxford University XV.
A political career started in 1990 when he was elected as the District Councillor for Upton St. Leonards on Stroud District Council. Service followed on several committees culminating in being Chairman of the Development Control Committee and Vice Chairman of the Full District Council. This career ended in 2004.

Mike’s retirement is now spent enjoying golf here on the new courses at MGC, being a keen member of a Rotary Club and Probus in Minchinhampton, as well as the occasional holiday abroad. Other interests are gardening, walking and supporting the rugby players at Kingsholm in Gloucester. After some time being away from local council work, Mike is looking forward to his role as a Parish Councillor and helping the rest of the committee to promote the interests of both the town of Minchinhampton and its people.

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.

Nick Hurst

1Councillor Nick Hurst
Councillor Nick Hurst

Nick was elected to represent Minchinhampton North Ward in the bi-election held early in November.
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.

The population of Minchinhampton has aged before his eyes, in 1972 there was a youthful buzz about the place, centred on the church and the school to say nothing of the pub!
Whilst Minchinhampton reflects national trends with respect to demographic distribution , it also seems to be the case that the over-55 section of the community has increased at a faster rate.
Nick has been a practicing architect since 1970, and has an abiding interest in older and listed property.
Nick works from home and domestic alteration and extension forms a principal part of his workload,
although his experience covers both the private and public sector.

Nick is married to Cathy and they have three children Lucy, Tim and Sophie and three grand children. He enjoys archaeology, croquet, gardening and walking.
When the councillor vacancy came up Nick was persuaded to let his name go forward. He was Vice-Chairman many years ago, under Roy Nicholas, but resigned following a disagreement over the Market House, of which he was then a trustee! Seems a long time ago,but he still thinks he was right!Nick feels he has been taken out of a dusty old cupboard, and given a clean-up to see if there is anything left to contribute. He will have to see where it all leads, but he does have concerns about the peculiarities of small-town politics, and their value in the contentious and rule-driven political correctness of the 21st. Century.

Nick is Chairman to the Parish Council and is a member of the Finance Committee.

Sally Morgan

1Councillor Sally Morgan
Councillor Sally Morgan

Sally was born and raised in South Wales and educated at the local schools. She attended College in London and went into Financial Services, working up to director level. She resigned from her employment in Financial Services in order to assist her parents' relocation to Hampshire from abroad.

She has been a regular visitor to the Cotswolds over the years and eventually moved to Peaches Farm, Minchinhampton in 1996. She was drawn to this area because of its beauty, tranquillity and friendly people. The open Commons have been a magnet to her and she has traipsed across them in all weathers , accompanied by her dogs.
She has with the help of like-minded neighbours, campaigned successfully through the Aston Down Action Group, to protect the Cotswold AONB and the Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons from the impact of traffic that could have been generated from the huge scale industrialisation that was proposed at Aston Down.

In order to make the Commons roads less attractive for commuter traffic she would propose to campaign for part of the Cirencester Road to reduce the speed limit to 30mph, which she believes would lead to a more tranquil setting and a safer place for both people and animals.
Sally's interests include natural history, gardening, walking, water-colour painting and planning law.
Cllr Morgan is a representative on the Committee of Commoners, Community Safety Partnership and The Proceedures Working Party.

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


Councillor John Williams
Councillor John Williams
Councillor for Minchinhampton North Ward.
John has lived in Minchinhampton for over twenty years is married to wife Lyn and has a grown up family.
He joined the Parish Council in 2005 and is a member of the Finance Committee, Brad’s Play Area Management Committee, Road Safety Awareness and Rural Transport working parties and is the parish councils representative on the Minchinhampton Sports Association.
Was part of the team responsible for the successful re-introduction of the Minchinhampton Goodwill Evening.

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.

Was one of the prime movers behind the parish councillor’s surgeries, he believes that this gives all members of the parish the opportunity to raise issues of concern to them in a more informal setting. Members of parish must feel assured they are able to raise such matters with their councillors.
As councillors we should be mindful that we represent the whole of the parish and that everyone should be able to have a say in their communities future.

Is also interested in the History and Environment of the parish and is secretary of the Minchinhampton Local History Group.

Cllr Williams is a representative on the Minchinhampton Sports Association Committe, Brad's Play Area Management Committe, Road Safety Awarenes and Rural Transport Working Party, Procedures Working Party, Goodwill Evening Committee and he is the Allotments Liason Officer.

Minchinhampton South Ward

Minchinhampton South Ward is represented by three councillors:-
Philip Callaghan-Wright
Gil Lloyd
Pippa Schwartz

Gil Lloyd

1Councillor Gil Lloyd
Councillor Gil Lloyd

Gil moved to Minchinhampton in 1984, following his appointment as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Gloucestershire and has lived here ever since. He spent 35 years working in Mental Health, eventually retiring in 2009. Gil is married with four adult children, to of who live locally.

He loves living in the Stroud area and particularly enjoys local arts and culture and the non-conformist attitudes of many of its inhabitants. He is happy walking in the local countryside, nearly always accompanied by his two black and white English Pointers. He also enjoys listening to music and is a particular fan of rock and blues. Gil is also a keen (if not very successful) fisherman and a passionate supported of Gloucester Rugby Club. He is a member of Gloucestershire Wildlife and believes we are fortunate to have so much unhindered access to our local countryside via commons and the large network of footpaths and bridle ways, which should be preserved and maintained at all cost.

He continues to maintain an interest in health service developments, especially at a time of huge change, which will have significant implications for services
At a local level, Gil believes it is vital people express their opinions and concerns about local health services. Healthwatch, a new independent consumer champion, commencing in April 2013, will be a specific avenue for this.
He feels that despite considerable development, Minchinhampton has managed to maintain much of its original character, but is aware that increased traffic and parking difficulties are creating problems for both residents and local businesses, which need to be addressed. He is also committed to maintaining important local services such as the library and youth club.

Philip Callaghan-Wright

Philip and Katie have lived in the area for the past eight years and moved into Longfords Mill three years ago. 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.

Being co-opted onto the Minchinhampton Parish Council is Philip’s first experience of serving the community through politics although he is keen to point out that the Parish Council is about serving people and the community first and foremost. It is fascinating to find out, in just a short time, exactly just how much goes on in Minchinhampton and the breadth of activities that are available for people to become involved with and enjoy as part of our community.

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.

Over the years, Pippa has had some limited dealings with the Parish Council in terms of planning. She now feels that it is time to give something back to the town that has been her family's home for so long. She feels that Minchinhampton is a very special place and would like to contribute in some way to keeping it so.

Brimscome Ward

Brimscombe ward is represented by three councillors:-
Stephen Draper
Charlie Morriss
Alastair Mylechreest

Stephen Draper

1Councillor Stephen Draper
Councillor Stephen Draper

Stephen Draper has lived Minchinhampton since moving to the area with his family in 1984. He is married with a young family and is a Director of Bristol based Willmore Iles Architects.
As the son of a local farmer, Stephen is fully aware of the importance of the local and rural economy for the area. He is a strong believer that for local towns and villages to survive as communities, they must hold a degree of self sufficiency. Local business should be encouraged to provide local jobs, however this needs to be carefully balanced to ensure the beauty of the Cotswold towns, villages and surrounding countryside are protected.
Stephen has an in-depth knowledge of the planning system and the construction industry. He believes good design influences the attitude of a community. It is the key to the protection and development of the area.

Charlie Morriss


Councillor Charlie Morriss
Councillor Charlie Morriss
Charlie Morriss has lived in the parish for the past 13 years and has been a Parish Councillor for 6 years.
Since leaving the army 19 years ago, he has worked as an engineer for a manufacturer of high speed print 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 on the finance Committee.
Outside his parish responsibilities, he is also Chairman of the local Ramblers Association's South Cotswold Group Footpath Sub-committee and Vice-Chairman 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.

Amberley Ward

Amberley Ward is represented by two councillors:-
Roy Nicholas
Kevin Plank

Roy Nicholas

1Councillor Roy Nicholas
Councillor Roy Nicholas

Roy Nicholas is the longest serving member of the Parish Council, having served continuously for 44 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 these 44 years 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.

The other matter that he is particularly sensitive to is the fact that councillors are custodians of public money - your council tax, and argues consistently to try and see that your money is spent wisely so that we all get value for our money.
As well as being a councillor he has been a Foundation Governor of the Stroud Girls High School for over 25 years and is a Trustee on a number of Trusts both within the parish and the greater Stroud area.

He has enjoyed his time as a Parish Councillor and hopes that he has made some contribution to the well being of Minchinhampton over the past 44 years. So much has changed over this time but not to that extent that a lot of the past is still with us and is as good today as it was in the sixties.
Many pubs and shops have closed in the parish over these years, but he supposes that has been inevitable. If you are to believe that, that is what is known in some quarters as progress, he does not subscribe to all that has happened.

Kevin Plank

Kevin Plank is the owner of the local Amberley Post Office and shop, so feels he is at the heart of the community in Amberley and is therefore in an ideal position to hear parishioner's concerns.

He has 20 years experience working for corporate business and, to a certain extent, being involved in planning new builds.

His hobbies include following all sports, especially Reading FC.

Box Ward

Box Ward is represented by one councillor , Steve Hemmings.

Steve Hemmings

1Cllr Steve Hemmings
Cllr 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”.

As a walker, dog-owner and occasional cyclist Steve feels that living in Gloucestershire is a privilege, and is keen to help maintain our valuable local rights of way. Always enjoying fresh, local produce whenever possible and affordable he also wants to encourage the recent growth in specialist local food retailers, farm shops, cafes and restaurants. Taking personal pride in our individual communities produces the civic care demonstrated by so many local residents, and Steve wants to help maintain that pride amongst new residents, especially younger generations.

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