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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. 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 Commoners Vacancy
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

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 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

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

1Cllr Nick Hurst
Cllr 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
John represents the North Ward having 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, heads up the Road Safety Team and is the parish councils representative on the Minchinhampton Sports Association and the Minchinhampton Youth Club.

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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.

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.

Brimscombe Ward

Brimscombe ward is represented by three councillors:-
Andrew Nicholls
Charlie Morriss
Alastair Mylechreest

Andrew Nicholls

1Cllr Andrew Nicholls
Cllr Andrew Nicholls

Born in Bath, Andrew moved to Minchinhampton 20 years ago with his parents.
After leaving university he says he "fell into the wine trade, as you do".
He now finds himself living in the centre of Minchinhampton and has two young children, the eldest of whom attends Minchinhampton Academy.
A member of the local tennis club, Andrew also enjoys walking and cycling locally.
He is very keen to see the whole parish continue to thrive as a community, one that is vibrant and sustainable and self-sufficient in terms of services, lcoal businesses and activities on offer.

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.

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 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.

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”.