The Council

We currently have vacancies on the Parish Council, if you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor then please contact us.

Your Councillors

Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas

Chair of the Council

“I have lived in the parish for 45 years, and during that time have seen many changes. There have been many improvements; the village is now well regarded. I am particularly interested in the care and development of our public open spaces and I am looking forward to continuing to serve the residents of the parish.

My priority during my time as Chair will be to ensure that we improve our communications within the Parish Council, between Councillors and Staff and between the Parish Council and the public.”

Jonathan Rich

Jonathan Rich

Vice Chair of the Council

"I am pleased to say that I have lived in Peasedown St John all my life. I went to the local primary school & attended Writhlington school. I am passionate about my community and previously served for nearly 12 years as a Parish Councillor until Jan 2011. I was the vice chair for 4 years.

I am determined to bring about positive change for all within my neighbourhood and I want to use my experience to ensure that the Parish Council is equipped to properly serve the people of Peasedown St John.’ I believe that Peasedown St John deserves a consistent Parish Council which puts people’s needs first."

Tom Clifford

Tom Clifford

Councillor

Chair of Personnel Committee

"I have lived in the village since 1998, I am married with two children both of whom have attended Writhlington School. I have worked in local government for 14 years, holding senior posts with Cambridgeshire County Council and South Gloucestershire Council. Through my work I have a good understanding of sustainability and a keen interest in the environment. I would be keen to utilise this knowledge on behalf of the Council with regard to the Council's environmental and planning work."

Mandy Clarke

Mandy Clarke

Councillor

"Being an active member of the village has always been something I’ve believed to be important. We all have a responsibility to look after the community in which we live in, which was why I decided to become a councillor back in 2011.

Over those years, and before, I’ve helped set up the Peasedown Residents Association, where I currently serve as Secretary. We organise parties for children and meals for the elderly. We’ve also raised £2,000 to fund social events.

Since 2005 I’ve been an active member of various groups over the years, such as St John’s Church, Mercy in Action, Party in the Park and the Fund for Peasedown."

Jo Davis

Jo Davis

Councillor

Vice-Chair of Finance & Amenities Committee

"I’ve lived in Peasedown for 14 years, although my extended family has lived here for the last 100 years.

I want to bring Peasedown Parish Council into the 21st century by making it welcoming, easy to contact, active and responsive to all of the villagers – PSJ Council is responsible for spending circ £100,000 of our money each year! I want each resident of Peasedown to feel fully represented by their councillors at all times."

Andy Larcombe

Andy Larcombe

Councillor

Chair of Finance & Amenities Committee

"I'm originally from Cornwall, my 30 year career in branch banking with Barclays has taken me to many parts of the West Country until I settled in Peasedown, with my wife and daughters, 11 years ago. I believe my financial experience and specialism in mortgages, can assist on the budgetary and planning matters within the council. Having seen my family grow up in the village, I aim to use my experience as a parent and resident to enhance the village for all who live here.

I believe local politics are best served by focusing on local issues and I am proud to be an independent councillor allowing me the freedom to represent my village with my own moral compass of treating everyone fairly, acting with integrity and always aiming to ensure every decision we make as a council delivers progress to a better life for those we serve, the residents of Peasedown St John."

Ray Love

Ray Love

Councillor

“I am a retired Insurance Manager with the Prudential Assurance and I moved from Winchester to Peasedown in 2013. Whilst in Winchester, I was a City Councillor for 16 years and was a founder of a mental health befrienders charity, a founder and Trustee at the Women’s Refuge, a Trustee and volunteer working with homeless young people with drug and alcohol problems and a Secondary School Governor for 17 years.

Since coming to Peasedown, I have become the Press Officer for Peasedown St John Methodist Church and a Governor at Writhlington School. Moving to Peasedown was at first a daunting decision, as I had never lived in a village before, but I need not have worried as the people have been friendly and welcoming and I look forward to my future here - hence my decision to stand as a Parish Councillor.”

Claire Parfitt

Claire Parfitt

Councillor

Chair of Planning & Environment Committee

"I have lived in Peasedown for 30 years and have raised a family of five during that time. Four of my five children have attended the local primary school.

A few years ago I set up a very popular Facebook community page and recently a photography club.

I have a strong management work history and currently own and run my own thriving photography business. I have a very relaxed and friendly nature, so please if you see me around never worry about approaching me for a chat.

I very much look forward to serving my local community."

Audrey Gillard-Sprake

Audrey Gillard-Sprake

Councillor

"I have lived in Peasedown St John for the last 25 years, my family live in the village also I am married to Mr Les Sprake.

I worked in our local Pharmacy for eight years. I volunteer at Radstock Museum as a Steward meeting and greeting. Also on the Education team helping children to learn the areas history.

I would be happy to concentrate on things to the improve the future of the village for everyone. Planning for new homes or parks, gardens or the environment I will find interesting."

Richard

Richard 'Tex' Clarke

Councillor

"I’ve lived in Peasedown for the last 15 years, and been active in the community for most of that time.

Ten years ago I was part of the project team that transformed The Green area in Frederick and Albert Avenues and today am part of the Residents Association that helps look after it. Since 2013 I’ve been the Vice-Chairman.

With other members of the Association I help raise funds for the community and organise social events that bring people together.

I’ve also been a regular volunteer at Party in the Park and have helped raised funds for the Fund for Peasedown, Mercy in Action Charity Shop and St John’s Church too.

As a resident of Albert Avenue I enjoy representing the views of the residents on the estate at Parish Council meetings."

Stephen Goodwin

Stephen Goodwin

Councillor

"I was born to a farming family in Herefordshire, where I grew up. After leaving school, I pursued a career in Engineering and have lived, worked and studied in various parts of the UK. In addition to my engineering career, I have worked in a variety of settings including on my parents’ farm and a number if different volunteering roles. I enjoy thinking things through, identifying pitfalls and finding solutions and I hope to apply these problem–solving skills during my time as a Parish Councillor."

Simon Kidd

Simon Kidd

Councillor

Vice-Chair of Personnel Committee

“Originally from the Teesside area, I went to University in South Wales and moved to Peasedown St John in 1995 and have lived here ever since. My children were born and raised here, and I consider Peasedown my home. I am particularly keen to look at the communications between the Parish Council and the community. To make the best use of differing communications media to reach the majority of people and create a public facing, open council. In particular internet publishing and how to deliver information can be done quickly, cheaply and effectively.”

April James

Linda Morgan

Linda Morgan

Councillor