Paul Blatchford (Chairman)
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.
T: 01934 820769
A: 5 Church Street, Banwell BS29 6EA
Committees: Planning (vice-chairman), Youth & Community Centre, Employment
Working Parties: Cemetery and Memorials (Chairman)
Outside bodies: Hinkley Point Community Forum
Paul Harding (Vice-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.
T: 01934 822017
A: 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
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.
T: 01934 270800
A: 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
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.
T: 01934 820736
Committees: Planning, Youth and Community Centre & Employment
Other: Defibrillator guardian, weekly play area visual checks, vehicle activated speed sign, flags
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.
T: 01934 822245
A: 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
T: 07973 414019
A: 'The Lawns', 2, High Street, Banwell.
Committees: Planning, Youth & Community Centre (Chairman)
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.
T: 07975 727996
A: 2, The Avenue, St Georges, BS22 7RA
Committees: Youth & Community Centre (Vice-chairman) , Appeals
Working Parties: Cemetery and Memorials (vice-chairman) & Youth Club
Outside Bodies: Village Hall Foundation, St Andrews PCC
T: 07595 023204
A: The Elms, Wolvershill Road, Banwell
Committees: Employment, Planning
Outside Bodies: Banwell School Governor