Councillors


Winterslow Parish Council Councillor
Mike Taylor

My wife, Dee, and I have lived in Winterslow for 8 years, so we are conscious that we are still relative “newcomers”. We have, however, often commented that we wish we had moved here a lot earlier.

We have a village with many positive benefits and a great community spirit. None of that is accidental or luck…..it all comes down to the people who live here in the end.

We have 5 adult children all with their own families totalling 10 grandchildren from 2 years to 21 years old. One daughter and her family have also lived in the village for 8 years with one child now at the village school and a second starting in September 2017.

Before retiring in 2010 I worked in the IT and Defence industries, mostly in Customer Service roles.

I really enjoyed being a member of the Steering Group that produced our Parish Plan in 2010 and that led to me joining the Parish Council in 2013. In 2015 I was elected by my Councillor colleagues as Chairman which I regard as a huge honour and responsibility.

Parish Councils are facing rapidly changing challenges and opportunities.

In my opinion it is a particularly exciting and rewarding time to be a Councillor.

Simon Port

Simon has lived in Winterslow since 2005, is married to Carolyn and has two boys, Joshua and Ben have both attended the village school. Simon works locally and has had a keen interest in promoting the village since moving to the area.

In 2007 Simon joined the Parish Council and has been involved with the Recreational Grounds Committee and acted as liaison between Winterslow School and the Parish Council before becoming Chairman in April 2010, he is currently Vice-Chairman since May 2015.

Simon is an active swimmer and runs Salisbury Lifesaving Club and is Chairman of the Wessex Branch of the Royal Lifesaving Society.

He is a qualified first aider, a Community First Responder, Governor at Test Valley School and also helps run Winterslow Youth Zone.

Winterslow Parish Council Councillor
Philip Beagle

With my wife, Roberta, I have lived in Winterslow for over 16yrs, having moved here from Salisbury in mid-2000 in order to get back to a more rural existence. Despite being born and brought up in London, during most of my military career we lived in the country, both here and abroad, and found that Salisbury was just to ‘townie’!

Following a short sojourn in the travel industry, I joined the Army in 1981, being commissioned from Sandhurst, and then served for 25yrs before moving onto new pastures. Since leaving uniform, I have worked in project and interim management, and am now the CEO of a registered charity, which is engaged in a major regeneration project of a Victorian-era fort near Plymouth.

Whilst certainly not being unique, I believe that our village seems particularly blessed with a strong community spirit, a range of activity clubs and some beautiful and, importantly, readily accessible countryside for both walking, running and other pastimes.

I have 2 grown-up children, who both have their own families with 5 grandchildren between them. My son also lived in the village with us for a period before he too joined the Army. And we have some old friends in the village who also came out from Salisbury centre too.

I have now served as a Councillor for approximately 3 years. I see my role on the Parish Council as striving to represent the broader wishes and views of the majority of the people of our village in all areas, but particularly on such as planning and future development. It is clear that Parish Councils are facing interesting times (to probably misquote Confucius!), which I suspect will manifest itself in changing and increasing responsibilities, as well as challenges and opportunities. Embracing these will deliver an exciting and rewarding experience for anyone thinking of being a Councillor.

My interests include running, hill and other walking, our dogs (only one at present, sadly!), cooking and gastronomy and motor sport.

Winterslow Parish Council Councillor
Mick Brown

I moved into the Parish in 1998 with my two children Mike and Kirsty, having purchased a Cob Cottage Rosemary in the Shripple. The cottage was extended in 2000 in order to accommodate my wife to be Ellen, who had lived in the village since 1984, and her three boys James, Andrew and Dan following our marriage in 2001 at Motisfont Abbey.

My daughter Kirsty was married at All Saint in 2014 and held her reception in the village Hall.

2001 was the year I left the Fire Service, on ill health grounds, having being diagnosed with MS. I had completed nearly 28 years of service having initial joined in Hampshire and transferring to Wiltshire on promotion in 1987.

I now refer to myself as a “house husband” as I am retired and at the cottage a lot, but Ellen says I’m rubbish at it!!

My involvement in community matters started in 2007 when I was co-opted onto the Parish Council. This was followed eighteen months later by two years as the Chairman of the Parish Plan Steering Group.

I have now spent the last two years on the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, the last year as Chairman.

Now that I am back on the Parish Council I look forward to working hard on completing the Neighbourhood Plan and with my colleagues on the Parish Council to the benefit of the whole community.

Winterslow Parish Council Councillor
Paula Fletcher

I have lived in Winterslow for almost twenty years. I love the village. We are extremely fortunate to have a strong community, many clubs and wonderful country side for walkers and riders.

I have served as a councillor for three years. I am on the Footpath Working Party and the Village Map Working Party. I have attended almost every Council Meeting and various Area Board Meetings. On the Parish Council I have strived to represent the wishes of the people of the village as far as planning and future development in the village is concerned.

My career has been in guide book publishing, where I worked with some wonderful people. I eventually became Managing Director of Cadogan Guides, a fantastic series of books.

I have a law degree and an MA in Children’s Writing - which I thought would be fun to do as I love children’s books. I also teach Pilates, which keeps me fit.

My interests are walking, riding, tennis, cinema, reading and story writing.

Winterslow Parish Council Councillor
Ivan Moody

I was born and brought up in Winterslow and attended the local school.

Living on a farm I have worked in the agricultural sector as a mobile engineer, repairing anything mechanical used on farms and more recently concentrating on the farm itself.

I am interested in the Community and often become involved in sorting out problems and helping out where I can. This led me into offering my services and becoming a Parish Councillor.

My specific roles include;
Emergency Snow-plan Co-ordinator
A member of the Footpath Group
A member of the Recreation Ground Maintenance Group
Village Map Group member

Winterslow Parish Council Councillor
David Newton

I have lived in the village of Winterslow for 40 years and have been a Parish Councillor for the last ten years.

I retired from Wiltshire Fire Brigade in 2003 and worked as a Fire Safety Consultant until 2013.

At present my specific duties on the Parish Council include Health & Safety, including Fire Risk Assessments, and reporting problems with Highways and Byways. I also attend Area Board Meetings when necessary.

Winterslow Parish Council Councillor
Pam Robinson

I have lived in Winterslow for 30 years and have been a member of the Parish Council for over 10 years.

My interests include reading, art, U3A, the environment, gardening and family history, to name a few.

I am Winterslow Area Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, and within my Parish Council role, I have special responsibilities to liaise with the local Policing Team. I also attend WC Southern Area Board meetings and the Community Area Transport Group ( CATG) meetings. I am chair of the Footpath Group, as well as a member of the Recreation Ground group. I am involved with the Campus project for the Village Hall and the new Parish Council website, currently being set up.

Having lived in Winterslow for so long, I am very keen to see the character of the village retained, restricting any housing development to small sites that are not going to overwhelm the village.

I feel we are very lucky to have the many facilities and organisations represented in the village and will work to support these to the best of my ability.

Richard Sheppard

I was born in Winterslow and I have lived on Weston Lane all of my life.

I spent all of my school years at Winterslow school, becoming Head Boy, and was one of the last pupils to attend until the age of 16.

On leaving I went straight to work on the family arable farm where I worked for 40 years.

I am married to Patricia and we have two children, Justin and Elizabeth.

My interests are music; singing with my group “The Pathfinders”, sport; supporting “the Saints”, and the Church; attending the Baptist Church on Weston Lane.

I have served on the Parish Council for over 30 years, having also been Chairman.

Currently I am a member of the:
• Recreation Ground group
• Emergency Snow Planning group
• And working on the SIDS Project

For over 70 years, I have enjoyed being involved with many village organisations always with the best of interests of the village at heart.

In the past my family made the ground available for the council houses at Highfield Crescent In 1990 we gave land to the village for the new Village Hall, Carpark and Tennis Court, and also made land available for the Doctors Surgery.

We are proud that we have been able to assist in providing these facilities, in a manner in which we hope to continue.

Angela Sillence

I have been a part of the Winterslow Community for just over 50 years, after moving from the north of county with my parents as a young teenager.

I married into a village family and have one son, Roger. I have been involved with Winterslow Cricket Club on and off over the years. I became involved as a teenager when my late husband was a player, in those days as a member of the tea rota! I have now retired from my 4 years as secretary so that I can now, just watch cricket!

As a member of the Parish Council I hope that all members of the community feel that they can approach me with any concerns they may have, that they feel, should be brought to the attention of the parish council.

There are many changes that are happening to local government and therefore, as a parish councillor I hope that the community will be inspired to advise the parish council of how they would like to see Winterslow progress for the future generations.