Paul Harding (Chairman)
I am currently employed in the public sector within the law enforcement community. Having moved to Banwell in 2008 to be with my now wife, after some years not getting involved, I joined the Parish Council in 2014 to meet new people in the village and help make Banwell a better place to live.
I can't solve the traffic, but I am committed to making the Parish Council, more modern, efficient, and relevant. The more we are all on line, the less people communicate. You will see me wandering around the village with the Parish, second-hand dog. I am the one with the panama or trilby, depending on the season. Happy to stop and chat about local issues any time.
Telephone: 01934 822017 / 07974 392245
Address: 1 Littlefields Road, Banwell
Committees: Planning, Youth & Community Centre & Employment.
Working Parties: Cemetery & Memorials
Outside Bodies: ALCA, NSC Standards sub-committee
Other: Vehicle activated speed sign, weekly play area visual checks
Phil Baird (Vice-Chairman)
Although I have only lived in Banwell for just over 2 years I have lived in the area for over forty years. During the short time I have lived in Banwell I have learnt what a lively and friendly community our historic village has.
I hope that my practical experience from a life time in the, electrical and communications industry, can benefit the community.
Telephone: 01934 820736
Committees: Planning, Youth and Community Centre & Employment
Other: Defibrillator guardian, weekly play area visual checks, vehicle activated speed sign, flags
I was born and lived in the Berkshire area until moving to Banwell three years ago to be closer to my youngest son and his family who live in Worle.
After leaving school I joined HM Royal Marines for nearly 10 years as a signaller and served in many places including, Aden, Northern Ireland, Singapore, Malta, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands.
When I left the service life in 1974 I made a career in sales, working for various companies and holding different positions within them until my requirement.
I have always been a people person enjoying talking with and helping anyone as I did when belonging to Mencap and the Motor Neurone Disease Association so becoming a Parish Councillor is enabling me to contribute to hopefully making Banwell a better place to live in the future.
Telephone: 01934 270800
Address: 3, Ash Road, Banwell, BS29 6EA
Committees: Youth and Community Centre
Working Parties: Youth Club, Cemetery and Memorials
Outside bodies: Banwell Scouts Association
Other: Defibrillator guardian
I have lived in Banwell for about 20 years with my family. Both of my children attended Banwell and Chruchill School as well as the local Youth Club, Rainbows, Brownies and Scouts.
I have worked within housing and social services for over 30 years providing support to those most vulnerable living within our communities. In the past 4 years I have successfully managed over 70 volunteers as well as managing community projects for which I have been recognised as an award winner, twice.
Having changed my career direction, I am now a partner in my Husbands business, this has opened new doors and opportunities for me to become more involved with my own local community. Banwell is a community in which I have grown to respect, admire and have developed a strong passion for its future and of and the people living within it. Joining the Parish Council has therefore been a natural progression for me.
Telephone: 07595 833555
Address: The Knoll, Winthill, Banwell. BS29 6NG
Committees: Youth & Community Centre and Employment
Other: Community Resilience
I moved from Manchester to Banwell with my family in 2003 and both my children attended Churchill School. I worked in Art and Design education for 35 years retiring in 2013 as an Associate Dean at the University of the West of England. One of my last roles at UWE was overseeing a large building project which got me interested in Planning issues, which was why I initially joined the Parish Council.
Having served the Council for 7 years I now have a much broader understanding of the issues facing the Parish and enjoy working with the other councillors and parishioners to help make Banwell a better place.
Telephone: 01934 820769
Address: 5 Church Street, Banwell BS29 6EA
Committees: Planning, Youth & Community Centre, Employment
Working Parties: Cemetery and Memorials
I have lived in the village my whole life and enjoy bell ringing, reading, archaeology and researching my family history. Over the years I have seen Banwell change in many ways some for the better some for the worse. I am passionate about preserving the historic nature of the village and getting a bypass.
Telephone: 01934 822245
Address: 10 Church Street, Banwell, BS29 6EA
Committees: Planning, Appeals
Working Parties: Cemetery and Memorials
I was born and raised in Bedfordshire and, after living in London for several years, moved to Banwell in 2017 with my family.
I work in the aviation industry and since moving to the village I was taken aback at the village’s history and how warm and welcoming everyone was. I joined the Parish council shortly afterwards with an aim to becoming more involved with the local community and thoroughly enjoy working with my other councillors to help improve Banwell
Telephone: 07973 414019
Address: 'The Lawns', 2, High Street, Banwell.
Committees: Planning, Youth & Community Centre
I was born and bred in Banwell at 6 Castle Hill (the Rhoddy) and my family roots go back 9 generations of Banwellians. My Grandparents Jack and Mabel Gardner ran a grocers and paper shop on the Rhoddy till 1964. I went to Banwell Primary school then at the age of 11 I left the village with my Mum and step father who was in the RAF. I kept links with the village all my life through my 2 brothers who have bowled at Banwell Bowling Club since the seventies.
I currently work in retail at Cheddar Caves. I have 2 grown up children and 5 grandchildren. I am passionate about preserving the village heritage to pass down to future generations and I am secretary of Banwell Society of Archaeology and local history.
I decided to join the council 2 years ago to help safeguard our traditions and stop over developing the village where possible. I love being on the Parish Council and enjoy participating with all aspects of village life.
Telephone: 07975 727996
Address: Woodcutters Barn, Riverside, BS29 6EE
Committees: Youth & Community Centre & Appeals
Working Parties: Cemetery and Memorials & Youth Club
Outside Bodies: Village Hall Foundation, St Andrews PCC
I am a businesswoman, and film producer. I’m also fuel decontamination consultant. I’m skilled at managing people, budgets and delivering projects. My clients and experience range from creating sell-out shows at the Bristol Old Vic with music productions, to television comedy, to consultative work for the UK MoD, to delivering clean fuel solutions to the Chilean mining sector.
I invented Soltaic solar powered backpacks in 2003 ensuring remote student travel safety around the world.
I have lived locally on Wolvershill for the last eighteen years in Banwell with my husband John who is a local secondary school Head of Mathematics and our sons. Our youngest, Hugh attended Banwell pre-school which I helped raise the £50,000 with one other local resident for the log cabin building from lottery funding. Hugh attended our wonderful village Banwell Primary School and then went on to Churchill and is now at university.
I am passionate about equality, ensuring everyone has a voice and is heard. I enjoy working for our community. I was also Chairman of the Local Action Team for several years, acting against anti-social behaviour in our villages. I’m currently creating an Education Foundation between Sidcot School in Winscombe and Tujereng School in The Gambia, a third world African nation because I believe education gives people choices in life that can in turn lift them out of poverty.
Telephone: 07595 023204
Address: The Elms, Wolvershill Road, Banwell
Committees: Planning & Appeals
Outside Bodies: Patient Particpation Group
Telephone: 01934 260360
Address: Wishing Well House, 2 The Paddocks, Banwell
I moved from London to Easton Rolstone with my wife and son in 1990 and our daughter was born in 1991 as a true Somerset girl. My son played junior football with Banwell FC for 8 years, for which I was Manager for 6 years. Both children went to Churchill School and I was a Parent Governor for the last 4 years of their education.
I retired at the end of December 2019 after a career in Civil Engineering and construction Project Management across the Private and Public Sectors, principally in the Education and Healthcare sectors.
Before I retired, I worked closely with a Bristol charity developing and delivering “intergenerational living” bringing together all ages into an integrated active living environment. This experience reinforced and strengthened my passions of equal opportunities for all and environmentally sustainable growth.
I joined the Parish Council in March 2020 because I am keen to offer my career skills to support Banwell community during the upcoming period of change with the Banwell Bypass and the associated housing developments as well as gaining an improved knowledge of the historic aspects of Banwell whilst helping my fellow councillors in all aspects of village life.
Address: West Rolston, Banwell
Committees: Planning & Employment
Other: Churchill & Langford Minibus Society