Meet Your Parish Council

Richard Morgan - Parish Councillor and Chairperson.

My wife Debra and I moved to Sherborne St. John at the end of 1999 having previously lived in the Reading area. I speak for both of us when I say that looking back, we little did we realise then our good fortune in having made the move to SSJ. When living in Reading we knew our immediate next-door neighbours, in SSJ we made enduring friendships throughout the village within weeks of moving in and that process continues to this day.

I retired at the end of 2020 and am now working my way through the 'to do' list that Debra has diligently prepared for me.

I've been both an SSJ Parish Councillor and Chair since 2012. In that time the Parish Council has invested heavily in the infrastructure of the village and in parallel has worked to put the finances of the village on a sound footing.

I am extremely fortunate in having a very experienced set of fellow councillors to work with, all with disparate and valuable skills, and a village population that actively participates when called to arms – long may it remain so. 

I really enjoy my council role as I get to meet the heart of the village, the parishioners that make Sherborne St John the great place it is to live, work and play in.  We also have benefit of the Village Hall and the Chute where various and many village-based activities are centred around.

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Linda Agnew - Parish Councillor

I have lived in the village since 1959 and have many happy memories growing up in the village and attending the village primary school. After secondary school in Basingstoke a few years later I married in the village church. Although I lived in Basingstoke then for a few years my parents continued living in the village and as I was frequently here, I feel as if I never really left.

After my mother passed away I moved back into the house I had grown up in with my husband, our 2 children and one dog. When my children had grown up, I wanted to take part in village life more, so in 2001 following an advert in the Villager I applied to join the Parish Council as a co-opted member until I was formally elected at the next elections and I have served on the Parish Council since.

When the Parish Council reorganised responsibilities I joined the planning committee later becoming Chair and more recently Vice Chair of the Parish Council.

My main interests on the Parish Council have been in planning and housing having worked within the construction industry and housing sector for many years.  I have seen many changes in the village and I am keen to see the quality of life we all enjoy maintained. We do need to change in the future, but it needs to be managed so it is how, what and when we want it.  I am looking forward to the next few years working with my fellow councillors to maintain the village lifestyle we have as I feel it is really special. We do have to accept some change but we need to be able to control it and only have what we all want.

In addition to my duties on the Parish Council, I also became a Parish representative on Basingstoke and Deane's Standards Committee who monitor complaints from the both the public and other councillors since 2008.  

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Carl Davies - Parish Councillor and Finance

I moved into the village in the summer of 2015 along with my wife and daughter.  Having lived in the Midlands but with my job, as an IT Director, centering around Newbury, Reading and London for many years, we finally decided to make the move down south.  The key things that attracted us to Sherborne St John were it's location but also the fact that it is a really friendly village with a thriving community, it's own identity and excellent facilities.  Saying that, it was having a pub 100 yds from the house that ultimately swung my decision!

Not wanting just to live here but to be part of that community and to help maintain it, when I saw the article in The Villager towards the end of 2015, that the Parish Council was looking for a new councillor, I jumped at the chance.  Even though I was new, I was accepted and was co-opted until the elections in May 2016, where I was elected for a full term.  This is my opportunity to get involved, keep learning more about the village and give something back.

I am committed to keeping the special quality of life we all enjoy in Sherborne St John.

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Rose Cooper - Parish Councillor

I moved to Sherborne St John in 2001 with husband John, having set up a business in Twickenham and which meant daily commutes up the M3. I now travel only twice a week, thankfully.  I realised that I was not participating in village life at all so joined the Womens Fellowship as well as SSJ History Society. In a previous life I was a primary teacher but after a number of years decided to turn to pastures new, so as well as running the business, wanted to train as a complementary therapist; this now means that I volunteer at St Michael’s Hospice and The Pink Place in Basingstoke, a charity for breast cancer sufferers.

I have practised yoga for more years than I care to admit, and also practice tai chi locally, which is great; I can recommend both.

Being on the Parish Council means that I can continue to contribute to community life in and around Sherborne St John.

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David McIntyre - Parish Councillor

I've lived in Sherborne St John for over five years now. I'm originally from Scotland, however military service brought me down South. I'm happy to say that Sherborne St John is the first place I've really considered home since having left home all those years ago. The things that attracted me to Sherborne St John are the strong sense of community and that 'village' feel. Whilst not quite David Bellamy, I do enjoy pottering about in fields and woodlands. 

I live in the village with my wife and our two children, one young, one not so young. I read law at university however turned my hand to a career (post military) in Information Technology. To keep myself active I enjoy a bit of time out on the mountain bike and ski-ing. I enjoy watching football and rugby, although being Scottish it's fair to say there isn't much cause for celebration. Having lived down South for more than half my life, I can also say I've spent more time at Twickenham enjoying the great game than I ever did at Murrayfield.

I think the parish council have done a fantastic job, certainly during the time I've lived in the village. When I heard they had an opening, due to current councillors standing down, I felt this was an opportunity for me to hopefully carry on the good work they've done over the years.

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Penny Mayo - Parish Clerk

I became the Parish Clerk for Sherborne St John in July 2012 following the last clerk Mandy Haworth who had to unfortunately resign due to personal commitments. I have been a parish clerk for several years but never stop learning especially as in smaller rural parishes so many different items come to the attention of the Parish Council often for the first time!

If you like meeting people and helping them with problems it is a very satisfying job. After years of working in administration at the University of Reading I took early retirement. What a mistake, so I was very pleased to be offered the job of Clerk to Sherborne St John where I am kept very busy. It is a great parish with so many volunteers providing for every part of their community and I am very happy to be part of it. If you need to contact me or other members of the Parish Council please use the contact form on the Parish Council pages or via email.

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