The Parish Council is composed of elected members from within the parish of Kidmore End, South Oxfordshire. The running of the Parish Council and the conduct of its members are bound by laws common to all local government in England. Your councillors, however, are all volunteers and most have local day-jobs!
Register of Councillors' Interests
Here is a list of the current council members with details of their roles on various sub-committees, their contact numbers, their locations and a brief introduction.
Chairman, Plans, Finance, Transport, Representative on Chilterns Conservation Board
Sue was born in Emsworth, Hampshire and spent her early years travelling with her parents around numerous RAF stations, moving eventually to Wallingford when she was seven years old. She trained to be a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the London Hospital, qualifying in 1972, and as a Health Visitor in 1980. She worked in London until moving to Kidmore End in 1990.
Sue undertook and completed a degree at the University of Reading in 2004 and has completed the first year of an MA. She recently worked for the Department of Health in a regional capacity, and is now working part time as a Health Visitor for Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in Reading. Sue also works as a volunteer at the Sue Ryder Care Home and at Homestart Reading. Sue and her husband Mark have three grown up sons who live locally.
Sue was co-opted to the Parish Council in 2008 and, before that, was Chairperson of Kidmore End Environment Preservation (KEEP), a body concerned to help preserve the environment of Kidmore End and its neighbourhood.
As a Parish Councillor, Sue takes a keen interest in preserving the rural character of the area and also in transport and community issues. Her other interests include walking, biking, reading, skiing and gardening. She is also a member of the South Chiltern Choral Society. For Parish matters, Sue can be contacted on 972 3456 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice-Chairman, Editorial Board of Newsletter, Website Liaison Councillor
0118 972 3700
Caroline was born in Jamaica, and moved to the UK via Ireland in 1972.
Finding that gardens and plants were her main interests, she studied botany at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and went on to do a PhD at Wakehurst Place (part of Kew Gardens), writing up at Reading University in 1991. She lived in Caversham for many years and worked for the Horticulture Department at CABI, Wallingford, for seven years before moving on to become a freelance proof reader.
She moved to Kidmore End in 2004 with her husband and young son, and since then has been very active in village life. She joined the Kidmore End Village Day committee in 2005; has taken an active role in the management of Kidmore End Pre-school (first as a committee member, then a part-time employee) since 2006; reporting to the Parish Room Committee since 2006, becoming an active member of this committee in 2010; and distributing the Parish newsletter for many years. She has been the Pre-school liaison discussing traffic and parking issues at the Pre-school and School since 2011. Whilst all this was going on, she still managed to set up her own gardening business, and is probably one of the most highly qualified gardeners in the area.
Having worked with Sue Biggs on the play area projects at Kidmore End and Gallowstree Common for many years, it seemed only natural for Caroline to join the Parish Council in 2012. As a Parish Councillor, Caroline takes a keen interest in preserving the rural character of the area and enhancing community cohesion, particularly with issues relating to young people. Her other interests include gardening, walking and reading. She can be contacted for Parish matters on 972 3700 or at email@example.com.
Councillor, Plans (covering Cane End), Playing Fields, Rights of Way, Editorial Board of Newsletter
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Councillor, Allotments Manager, Plans, Representative on Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils
Sarah Hall was born in Northamptonshire in 1943, but has lived at Chalkhouse Green with her husband and four sons since 1969. There she runs a small farm specializing in rare breeds, selling free range beef and pork from the farm. A passionate gardener, tree planter and conservationist, she encourages visitors to the farm both on private visits and on Open Days.
Sarah is in favour of less government at all levels and a pruning of the tottering piles of paperwork and over-regulation imposed by distant legislators.
With Reading pressing on the Parish boundaries, she is vigilant in helping to preserve the rural character of the five hamlets, strongly opposing a potential third bridge across the Thames, disgorging traffic onto local roads. Yet she wishes to encourage affordable housing for local people within the village envelopes on suitable agreed sites. She also supports sustainable commercial outlets to benefit the local community and provide employment.
Sarah is guardian of the green recycling boxes. If you need another box (or two?) please telephone her on 972 3631.
Councillor, Plans, Rights of Way
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Councillor, Finance, Playing Fields, Representative on Sonning Common Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Group
Iain's family moved to Kidmore End from Marlow in 1999. His children went to Gillotts in Henley and Henley College.
Originally schooled in the glens of Scotland, Iain went to Newcastle University where he qualified with a BSc Honours in chemical engineering. He then went to Bath University to study management before going on to qualify as a management accountant (FCMA). He is also a member of the British Institute of Management.
Now with many years' experience in finance, Iain is working as a consultant in financial software implementation. He has done this since returning to the UK after 18 years in South Africa. There he was a member of the local neighbourhood watch scheme and took full advantage of the sporting culture, playing golf, squash, cricket and running the Comrades Marathon (97kms). He recently took up sailing and now has Day Skipper qualification.
Iain says he really enjoys living in Kidmore End. He appreciates the 'village atmosphere', the people, the environment, the local facilities, the walks, the wildlife, the 'one church, one school one pub' definition, though the wildlife is not quite up to SA standards.
Iain is currently chairman of the Finance Committee, vice chairman of the Playing Fields Committee and a parish representative on the Sonning Common Neighbourhood Development Plan. He looks forward to serving the residents of the five hamlets and adding value to the parish.
Councillor, Plans, Rights of Way
Trevor was born in Henley-on-Thames in June 1958 and raised in Shiplake. He was educated in Shiplake, Henley, and South Oxfordshire Technical College. He spent 14 years in the motor trade before moving into the landscape industry, owning and running a garden maintenance business for 20+ years.
Trevor is married with two stepsons and one grandson. He has a keen interest in most sports and outdoor life, along with holidays on cruise ships.
Having served on Shiplake Parish Council for 18 years, Trevor joined Kidmore End Parish Council shortly after moving to Rokeby Drive, Tokers Green in May 2009.
Councillor, Finance, Transport
0118 924 2695
John was born and went to school in Birkenhead. His family had been stevedores in the ports of Liverpool and Birkenhead since the middle of the 19th century and his vacations were spent on the docks, learning the ropes in the expectation that he would join the family firm. However, he went to Oxford University in 1959 to read Classics and Law, the family firm was taken over, and John decided to read for the Bar. After a year in Bologna, in which he gained a Diploma at the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies, and a further year as a lecturer at his former college, University College, he began full time practice at the Bar in 1967, was appointed QC in 1981, and has been in the same set of Chambers throughout his professional life. He specialises in competition law.
From 1993-1998 John was the first Rail Regulator, head of a new non-ministerial government department, established as part of the process of securing that the new structure of the railways worked in the public interest. Since 2002 he has been Chairman of the panel of judges for the annual National Rail Awards scheme.
John and Jane Swift moved from London to Chalkhouse Green in 2006. They have two married children and two grandchildren, who live in London but are regular visitors to Orchard Hill and its growing garden, where more than 200 new trees and shrubs have been planted during the past 18 months. John has an interest in all aspects of public transport, rail, bus and air, and is keen to ensure that local services are enhanced, wherever possible, and that safety and environmental issues are properly aired and resolved, in the interests of all parishioners.
John was co-opted as a member of the Council in May 2008 and can be contacted on 924 2695.
Councillor, Playing Fields, Representative on Chiltern Edge Community Association, Representative on Sonning Common Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Group, Broadband Champion
Hugh was born in Wokingham, a fact he did not discover until he was 21. He was adopted by Les and Muriel Thresher and brought up in North London. He left school at 16 and, after a succession of jobs including electrician, van driver, policeman, and some months hitchhiking around Canada and the USA, went to college in Bristol at the age of 24 with the aim of becoming a merchant navy radio operator.
In Bristol he met Sue who gave him a fairly straightforward choice between the navy or herself. So in 1982 at the age of 27 they moved to Reading when Hugh joined British Telecom as a cable jointer. Initially they lived off the Oxford Road then moved to Caversham and then to Tokers Green in 1991 with Catherine their daughter. Jonathan their son was born the next year and the family have been in Tokers Green ever since. Hugh is still with BT and is now a manager of other people jointing cables.
Catherine and Jonathan both attended Kidmore End school, Catherine going to Chiltern Edge and Jonathan to Gillotts, and then both on to Henley College.
Hugh feels very strongly that the boundary between Reading and South Oxfordshire should stay exactly where it is and that we are very fortunate to have the countryside around us. He is a keen member of the Tokers Green village quiz team which competes in a South Oxfordshire league comprising 13 local villages which strengthens the feeling of community in our area.
For any parish issues, Hugh can be reached on 972 3964
Roger Penfold, MBE
Clerk to the Council
0118 947 3130
The Council applauds the award, in the 2012 New Year's Honours List, of the MBE to our Parish Clerk, Roger Penfold, for "services to the Amateur Swimming Association South East Region and to Local Government in Berkshire". It is a richly deserved reward.
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