Your Parish Council

Jonathan Ansell
Lower Kellaton Farm Barn
Kellaton
Kingsbridge
TQ7 2ES
01548 511325
Email

Jonathan Ansell has lived within spitting distance of Start Point since the age of five. A former pupil at Stokenham Primary (as were his children), he has been involved with the land all his life, first as a farmer, then as a garden contractor, from which he is now slowly retiring to spend more time on his barn conversion. For 25 years Jonathan was an auxiliary coastguard; he is now chairman of the local history group and an active member of the Devon Rural Skills Trust. He has served on the Parish Council for 20 years; he is Stokenham's delegate to the Coleridge Association of Parish Councils, and a member of both Beesands Village Green Committee and the Kingsbridge & Salcombe Estuary Conservation Forum.

Les Cowley
11 Grenville Close
Stokenham
TQ7 2SY
01548 581264
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Les Cowley, a Liverpudlian by birth, counts himself fortunate to have had only two employers in his working life: the RAF, in which he served for 14 years, then Unisys, where he worked as a computer and communications engineer. Since retiring to Stokenham with his wife Lesley, Les has engaged with the local community as a driver and treasurer for the Start Circle of Friends, and latterly as a local councillor with a special interest in housing and planning. An avid traveller and keen gardener, Les serves on the Finance Group and the Website Working Party, and is the Coleridge Bus Representative and the Council's spokesman on Rural Transport issues.

Tracy Dayment
xx Longbrook
Chillington
TQ7
01548
Email

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Paula Doust
3 Gratton Drive
Chillington
TQ7 2LT
01548 581495
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Paula Doust was born in Beeson and spent her childhood in Beeson and Chillington, attending school in Stokenham and then Kingsbridge. She is married to Roger and blessed with four daughters and a grandson. In her earlier career Paula worked in Kingsbridge Community Primary School where she qualified as an HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) – in fact she was the first HLTA in Kingsbridge primary, and among the first in Devon. A former chair of Stokenham pre-school, she now supports Roger with the administration of his business. Paula serves on Chillington Community Association, Stokenham Village Hall Committee, and as Parish Council representative for young people and school liaison.

Josh Gardiner
(Vice-Chair)
3 East Park
Kernborough
Kingsbridge
TQ7 2LL
07521 688445
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Josh Gardner was born in South Devon, educated at Stokenham Primary and Kingsbridge Community College, and has lived in the parish all his life because he can't imagine anywhere better to be. He is currently studying for an MSc in Business and Management at Plymouth University, and has a part-time job as a security guard to pay for his studies. Josh belongs to Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club's Boat Watch program. He serves on the Parish Council's Website working party.

Adrian Goodman
Mattiscombe Farm
Stokenham
TQ7 2SR
01548 581058
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Adrian Goodman was born and raised at Mattiscombe Farm and – apart from a spell after college learning the ropes on an arable farm in Australia – he has lived and worked there all his life. He attended local schools, as did his three children, and is married to Maria, who has been a Teaching Assistant at Stokenham Primary for many years, all of which gives him a keen interest in local education matters. Adrian has served on the council since 2011, where his extensive local knowledge is invaluable in guiding planning and development decisions in the Parish. He is the Council's representative on the Slapton Line Partnership.

Richard Jackson
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Chillington
TQ7 2
01548
07
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Tim Lynn
Fordsworth Cottages
Hallsands
Kingsbridge
01548 511502
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Tim Lynn was born in Stokenham, went to Stokenham Primary and then to Kingsbridge School (as it was then known). Upon leaving school he worked as a tractor driver on a number of local farms; he now specialises in groundworks for a local construction company. Tim joined the parish council in order to help local people. He lives in Hallsands with his wife and son, which is where he keeps the small fishing boat that is his life’s other passion.

Colleen Pearce
4 Mildmay Cottages
Hallsands
Kingsbridge
TQ7 2EY
07875 275693
Email

With a degree in Youth and Community Studies and a Masters in Children and Young People’s Services, Colleen Pearce has spent her career working with young people and their communities, most recently as part of the Youth Service Management Team at Devon County Council. She has extensive experience of partnership working and has worked closely with the voluntary and community sectors, and hopes to be able to use these skills to the advantage of the Parish Council. Colleen was born and raised in Devon, and currently lives in Hallsands with her husband, where she can regularly be seen walking her dogs.

Charles Rogers
Higher Beeson House
Beeson Kingsbridge
TQ7 2HW
01548 580623
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Charles Rogers was born and educated in the Parish, leaving at the age of 18 to train as an engineer. He subsequently worked overseas in a variety of exotic locations before returning aged 35 to raise a family in the place he loves best. Charles has been Stokenham Cub and Scout Master, and a member of Totnes Canoe Club and Kingsbridge Rugby Club. He has his own building business and together with his wife Lynda runs Higher Beeson House B&B. A former chair of the Parish Council, Charles now serves on Beeson Village Green Committee.

Sue Rowland
Higher Kernborough Farm
Kernborough
TQ7 2LL
01548 xxxxxx
Email

Sue Rowland has spent most of her life working for and assisting her local community. She spent 20 years with the NHS in her native Lancashire before moving to Devon with husband Rob shortly before the Millennium to take up a position with Kingsbridge Adult Education Services. She subsequently worked for Barnardo's in their Kingsbridge and Dartmouth children's centres before setting up her own book-keeping business. Sue spends her free time tending to various animals on her smallholding in Kernborough, or out with her husband and either their dogs or their horses enjoying the surroundings. Sue knows what a privilege it is to live in the AONB and would like to keep it as unspoilt as possible, while at the same time appreciating that it must remain a vibrant and economically sustainable environment for people to live and work in.

Piers Spence
(Chair)
Cotmore Farm
Cotmore
Kingsbridge
TQ7 2LR
01548 580374
Email

Piers Spence swapped a desk in the City for a pair of old wellies when he left his job as head of Quarto Publishing and moved to Cotmore Farm in 2011, with the aim of creating the sort of holiday environment for visitors that he and his wife Sue remember from their respective childhoods in Ireland and Cornwall. In addition to horses, rare-breed pigs, Shetland sheep and chickens, they look after three teenage children, two of whom attend KCC (and get there by bus!). Piers serves on the Finance Group, edits the website, and is the Parish Tree Warden.

Gill Claydon
(Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer)
High Field
Kiln Lane
Stokenham

TQ7 2SF
01548 581185
Email

Gill Claydon, our long-suffering Clerk, spent her early career in a solicitors’ office, which must have been ideal preparation for her current range of responsibilities: taking minutes of council meetings, council administration, and all official correspondence. Gill also clerks for Salcombe Town Council, and is the Parish Council's only paid employee.