I first moved to West Dorset in 1974, along with my eldest 2 daughters, when my first husband began working at Pipsford Farm, just outside Beaminster, then to Marshwood in 1977, where I became a Guider with Hawkchurch & Marshwood Guides, a Foster Parent, subsequently adopting 2 more daughters, one with special needs.
In 1987 we moved to Broadwindsor. I have “fitted in” various jobs between bringing up my daughters, my youngest daughter Katie started school in Broadwindsor Primary School. I gained experience in publishing, local government and retail sales and I have been a Community Responder since the outset of the group in 2003; I am now the Treasurer and Co-ordinator, I’m also a trained Mediator, a member of the Trefoil Guild – regularly helping with Guide and Brownie events, I have been a volunteer since I was 8 years old when I acted as a casualty for a ‘Civil Defence’ scenario day in Crewkerne.
Early in 2007 I was encouraged to stand for election to the District Council for the first time, thanks to the support I received I was elected as the District Councillor for Broadwindsor and District in May that year (elected again in 2011) My aim in standing was simple “to represent my District – to make sure your views were listened to & acted upon” My first success was the new 42 Bus Service for Drimpton on a Wednesday & Saturday to Bridport – before this started there was only SSDC’s Bus taking people into Somerset.
I have worked with our County Councillor, Rebecca Knox, on many projects; Save Beaminster Library, St Mary’s Day Centre and Bridport Hospital and will continue to work with her on any future projects that affects anyone in my district.
Having lived in this area since 1974 and in Broadwindsor since 1987, I have been able to influence the inclusion of new policies in WDDC’s new Local Plan with regard to the re-use of redundant farm buildings, the development of single buildings outside DDB’s in rural locations and the protection of farm land that is used for food production, and, as member of BAVLAP (Beaminster & Villages Local Area Partnership), helped to remove the planned housing development at Hollymore from the Plan.
We all need faster broadband and that is coming – I’m working with various groups to facilitate this essential service which is in its final stages.
I’m currently involved in the following projects:
Broadwindsor Community Responders
Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan
Broadwindsor Post Office Users Group
Friends of Common Water Lane Group
Broadwindsor Community Shop
Upper Marshwood Vale Neighbourhood Plan
Marshwood Speedwatch Group
Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust
At district I serve on two Committee’s – Licensing and Overview & Scrutiny, where I’m the vice Chairman.
I’m also a Chairman of the Joint Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to receive my reports or visit my ‘blog page’ where I post information about any issues relevant to each part of my district.
I work hard and make things happen – I’m here to help everybody.