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Stokenham Parish Council

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Your Parish Council

Gail Addison
33 Green Park Way
01548 581319

Gail Addison was raised in Manchester and worked there and in Somerset as a civil servant for over 20 years. She moved to Chillington in 2005 with her husband Brian and whilst completing a BSc and MSc in criminal psychology worked part time as clerk to governors for Kingsbridge Community Primary School. Gail now divides her time between dog walking, volunteering activities including Slapton Ley Field Centre and Benenden Healthcare and exploring the paths and enjoying the nature of the beautiful South Hams. Gail joined the Parish Council in February 2019 and represents the Council on the Chillington Community Association and Chillington Woodland Volunteer Group.

Jonathan Ansell
Lower Kellaton Farm Barn
01548 511325

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.

Douglas Colliver
Kiln Lane Stokenham
01548 580305

Douglas Colliver spent more than 40 years as a solicitor in the City specialising in corporate and financing work, where he acted for a number of leading financial institutions on complex transactions, many with an international focus. Since retiring Douglas has, in addition to carrying on his part-time legal consultancy, worked on a project to establish a special free school for children with autism. He was inspired to become involved by his granddaughter, who has autism and associated learning difficulties, an experience that has given him an insight into the challenges facing children with such conditions. Douglas and his wife Lulu recently moved to Stokenham, where they enjoy walking, playing bridge, and generally appreciating this beautiful corner of the country.

Les Cowley
11 Grenville Close
01548 581264

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, is Coleridge Bus representative, and speaks for the Council in the Stokenham Village Community Association.

Paula Doust
3 Gratton Drive Chillington
01548 581495 Email

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 is vice-chair of the Parish Council and serves as representative for Young People and Schools liaison.

Ash Ghadiali
3 Bayview Torcross
07475 578475

Ashish Ghadiali moved onto the sea-front in Torcross in late 2017 after an itinerant decade spent studying and then working across Asia, the Middle East and Europe. A screenwriter and filmmaker by profession, and now dad to two lovely girls, his perspective on life in the parish is child-focused and environmentally-focused. A keen walker and a year-round sea swimmer, Ash volunteers with the Practical Conservation team at the Slapton Ley Field Studies Council and is learning as he goes about the delicate ecological balance that makes this such a magical place to live.

Adrian Goodman
Mattiscombe Farm
01548 581058

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 Footpaths representative, and a Parish Snow Warden.

Tim Lynn
Fordsworth Cottages
01548 511502

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. Tim is a member of the Kingsbridge & Salcombe Estuary Conservation Forum, and is a Parish Snow Warden.

Richard Pain
Dunstone Cottage
01548 511551
07736 414000

Richard Pain was born in Hampton Court but has been coming to the South Hams regularly since he was eighteen months old, when his family first stayed in a cottage just four doors from his current home. After taking a degree in architecture at Nottingham University Richard returned to southwest London to live and work and indulge his passion for Real Tennis. At the end of 2015 he moved to Dunstone with his wife and daughter and now works on projects both locally and across the country. Richard is passionate about the area, particularly our coast, and is hoping to hone his kayaking and surfing skills.

Charles Rogers
Higher Beeson House
01548 580623

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 and is a flood-gate co-ordinator.

Piers Spence
Cotmore Farm
01548 580374
07971 813864

Piers Spence swapped a desk in the City for a pair of old wellies when, in 2011, he quit the Board of Quarto Publishing and moved to Cotmore Farm, with the aim of creating the sort of holiday experience on a working farm that he and his wife Sue remember from their respective childhoods in Ireland and Cornwall. The last of their three offspring having recently departed for university, they now have more time to spend with their horses, rare-breed pigs, Shetland sheep, ducks, chickens, and (in Piers' case) a garage-full of old Italian motorcycles in various states of repair. Piers chairs the Parish Council, serves on the Finance Group, edits the website, and is Parish Tree Warden.

Graham Webber
Middle Kernborough Farm
01548 511219
07967 489325

Graham Webber moved to Kernborough at the tender age of four and after attending Stokenham Primary and Kingsbridge Secondary Schools joined his parents on the family beef and dairy farm. A keen member of his local Young Farmers club, he enjoyed the social life, and took full advantage of the many opportunities on offer to expand his horizons by way of travel and competitions. Graham is concerned that today's young families have it much harder, with local house prices making it difficult for them to remain in the area where they grew up. He recently stopped farming full-time and swapped his tractor for a bike; since then he is amazed at how much of the South Hams he has yet to discover.

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

01548 581185

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.