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Peter Sampson
Chairman
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Environment Working Group (Lead)
Finance Working Group (Lead)
Human Resources Working Group
Property Working Group
Resilience Working Group
Email:peter.sampson@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

My wife and I moved to Swallowfield in 1997 having previously lived in Crowthorne and Wokingham. We took a ""sabbatical"" away from the Parish for a few years when my work took me to the Asia Pacific region.

Having returned, I wanted to find a way of contributing towards where we live and trying to maintain the atmosphere and environment that we all enjoy. I was, therefore, delighted when the Parish Council chose to co-opt me and I have very much enjoyed the diverse projects and activities that I have been involved with. I look forward to remaining an active member of the Parish Council team.

Rural communities, especially ours, face some very serious challenges and we will have to be proactive and co-ordinated if we are going to maintain the quality of life in this Parish. I believe that if you care for something then you have to be prepared to contribute and I hope to be able to encourage and maintain the many positive aspects of the Swallowfield Parish whilst fighting hard to prevent some of the less desirable aspects that threaten us.

My interests are varied from being an avid rugby union fan to gardening and cooking.

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John Anderson
Vice Chairman
Working Groups:Planning Committee (Chairman)

Property Working Group (Lead)
Health and Wellbeing (Lead)
Finance Working Group
Email:john.anderson@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

I have been a member of the Parish Council since September 2010 and am now Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Planning Committee. I am pleased to be serving the interests of the local community. I led the Parish Council initiative to provide the allotments in Part Lane.

I share the concerns of local people about the number of houses coming to the area and the impact that will have on our lives and the beautiful countryside in our parish.

I have lived in Swallowfield since 1992 and elsewhere in Wokingham Borough since 1978. Our two children went to Farley Hill School and my wife was Treasurer of the Farley Hill School Association for several years.

In my working career, I was a Management Consultant focussing on IT strategy and business change predominantly in the Public Sector. Locally, I undertook work for the Atomic Weapons Establishment and the national police training organisation of which Bramshill Police Training College (a Grade 1 listed building) was a part.

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Gordon Collender
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Communications Working Group (Lead)
HR Working Group (Lead)
Finance Working Group
Email:gordon.collender@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

I joined the Parish Council in 1994 two years after moving into the Parish. In 1996 I was privileged to be elected Chairman, a role that I held until 2005. I am currently Lead Councillor for Communication.

My main objectives in serving on the Council are to · Defend and fight for the retention of our rural environment · Work to bring about a stronger community spirit embracing both established residents and newcomers to our Parish · Resist further housing development · Provide facilities and other activity areas for our older children · Deal with the increasing problem of vandalism.

I retired from Thorn EMI in 1993, where I was Director of Distribution Services. My hobbies include tennis, membership of Nirvana Leisure Club (gym and swimming three times a week!), cookery - I passed the City and Guilds Cooks Professional Course with credit at Reading College in 1998, much to my wife’s delight – travel, and learning how to master a computer.

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Bill Dance
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Environment Working Group
Recreation Working Group
Resilience Working Group
Email:bill.dance@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

I and my father before me  have lived and worked at Stanford End Farm as tenants of the the Wellington estate since 1936. I was born in the farmhouse in 1947 where I have lived and worked ever since. My attachment to Swallowfield was somewhat  interrupted by the A33 Swallowfield Bypass which opened in 1982. This to a certain extent cut us off from Swallowfield village.  My interest in becoming a councillor is to promote the rural area of the parish and to feel more connected to the people of Swallowfield. I have worked closely with the Parish council and Thames Valley police to help reduce rural crime over the last few years which I hope is an ongoing and successful strategy.

I am married with two wonderful sons and a granddaughter of whom Janet and I are extremely proud. I hope to meet many more residents of the parish in the coming months and hopefully reintroduce the hamlet of Stanford End to the people of the Parish.

I enjoy Rugby Union so it will come as no surprise that I may well spend a lot of time in front of the TV this autumn as we are hosting the World Cup in Britain.

Note to the chairman: no PC meetings on match days please. Thank you.

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Margaret McDonald
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Halls Working Group (Lead)
Environment Working Group
Resilience Working Group
Human Resources Working Group
Email:margaret.mcdonald@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

I have lived for over thirty years in Swallowfield and my two sons went to Farley Hill School where I was chair of the PTA. While I was a working mum I was a founder member of the Russell Players. I joined the Parish Council in the autumn of 2007 before I subsequently retired from my position as Assistant Head at Reading Boys’ School.

I am delighted to be able at last to work closely with and on behalf of, neighbours, friends and parishioners. I am passionately interested in preserving the rural status and community spirit of the parish. As one of the unfortunates who were flooded in the summer of 2007 I have had full experience of the support a close-knit community can bring. As secretary of the Flood Resilience Group, a working party set up by the Parish Council, I am doing all I can to work with the Environmental Agency and Wokingham Borough Council to reduce the chances of this happening again.

My other main interests on the Parish Council are the preservation of our environment and maintaining our village halls .I took over as chair of the parish council on the retirement on Mike Goldsmith and retired from this post in 2013. I am lead councillor with responsibility for Swallowfield Parish Hall and am on the committee of Riseley Village Tea Room where you will often find me in the afternoons! I want to make our halls the focus of our village life and I am so pleased that many of you have come forward to take part in supporting the Parish Council on this.

We have a very special community and we need to celebrate this, make more use of the facilities we have already and develop our friendships even more. I hope there will be many opportunities over the coming years for us all to enjoy social activities together.

As you know, I am always available and concerned to hear about local issues. Please contact me via the Parish Clerk.

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Chris Morrissey
Working Groups:Planning Committee
Email:chris.morrissey@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

I moved to Riseley village after spending 10 years in Three Mile Cross and other areas in the Wokingham Borough prior to that, but feel that we have finally found home. We already have family members in Swallowfield who encouraged us to make the move to the area, so our small family of my wife and I plus our son (and cat!) made the move at the end of 2015.

 

The parish and community have been really friendly and welcoming, and is in a great position being close to the larger towns yet surrounded by open countryside which I feel needs protecting from the urban sprawl that other surrounding parishes and communities are experiencing.

 

I work alongside land owners, developers and other borough councils in everyday life which I hope will assist me in my parish council role working with the different parties trying to utilise every spare parcel of land for housing without consideration for the local communities, or more importantly their environmental impact and forces on the local infrastructure that supports them. The community halls, playing fields and outdoor equipment, narrow country roads, shops, pubs etc.

 

I’m a firm believer of the right property (or development) in the right area at the right time, so finding that balance is key in a rural environment such as ours which can quite easily be swallowed up.

 

For down time, I enjoy going out with the family or just relaxing at home, my son enjoys exploring so we take our bikes out (no lycra required!) into the surrounding countryside, woods and to the river hunting crayfish. As a former landscape gardener I enjoy spending time on various projects at home and I’m looking forward to assisting with any ecological and environmental projects that our community requires to preserve and maintain the parish.

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Roger Norris
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Transportation Working Group (Lead)
Health and Wellbeing
Resilience Working Group
Email:roger.norris@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk
My wife and I moved into Riseley from Tilehurst 2 years ago.  We find the Parish a wonderful place to live, so I would like to give something back to the community by serving on the Parish Council.  My main interests in becoming a Councillor are traffic, building, environmental and flooding issues.

My wife and I moved into Riseley from Tilehurst 2 years ago.  We find the Parish a wonderful place to live, so I would like to give something back to the community by serving on the Parish Council.  My main interests in becoming a Councillor are traffic, building, environmental and flooding issues.

I am also on the Swallowfield Parish Flood Resilience Group and Swallowfield Medical Practice Patients Participation Group.  I am in full time employment with a government department, as an IT Business Services Manager, based in Reading.

Outside of work I enjoy walking, pottering in our garden and if time permits, a round of golf. 

I look forward to meeting more residents of the Parish in the coming months, and helping keep the Parish a great place to live.

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Jonathan Sant
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Recreation Working Group (Lead)
Human Resources Working Group
Finance Working Group
Property Working Group
Email:jonathan.sant@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

I moved to the village of Swallowfield 4 months before the birth of my first daughter in June 2011. We are now a happy family of 5, consisting of my wife and I, our 2 young daughters and our dog!

We love living in the Parish and intend to live here for many years to come. I found myself wanting to give something back to the community that welcomed us so warmly, so I volunteered to serve on the Parish Council and was delighted to be accepted.

I believe that we are very fortunate to have such a great community with the close proximity to major towns and transport routes whilst enjoying a very rural lifestyle.  This is something that I am keen to maintain and work hard for yet I understand the need for development and improvement in the local area and want to assist in finding the right balance between the two.

I work in finance, for an international bank and hope that this background will stand me in good stead and allow me to add value to the council and our work.

In my spare time I enjoy days out as a family, walking our dog, any type of sport, pottering in my garden, and attending the odd social gathering!

I really look forward to serving the Parish in any way I can and hope to maintain the Parish as a great place to live for the future generations.

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Jonathan Wheelwright
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Communication
Property
Transportation
Email:jonathan.wheelwright@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

I’ve lived in Farley Hill since 1995 with my wife and family and love the area we live in.   My children attended Farley Hill Primary School where I was a school governor.  We’re very fortunate within our parish to have such a great community plus a superb rural life despite being close to major towns.  It’s an environment that I am keen to maintain whilst understanding the need for change and development. 

I’m delighted to have joined the parish council and be able contribute to the community to maintain the quality of life we enjoy.

I work in the energy business and have a keen interest in green energy and energy efficiency.  I am race director for the Swallowfield 10+3. I am an enthusiastic cyclist both on and off road and a poor guitarist.

Please come and talk to me about any of the above – or indeed anything else.

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