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Beenham Parish Council

There are currently seven parish councillors:


, Chairman

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Philip Leijten

My wife Sarah and I moved to Beenham in 2008, moving here from the Netherlands. We have one daughter, a young dog and 3 (much older) cats. This is our first experience of village life and we love it. I commute to Thames Valley Park where I work for a company in the upstream oil and gas sector. Cycling, yes in Lycra, across the surrounding countryside keeps me fit. Particularly the hills. And so does playing soccer, skiing and walking Mara.

Tel: 971 4020 E-mail: philip.leijten@beenhamonline.org

Sonia Buchanan
I have lived in Beenham for 2 1/2 years and the surrounding villages for the past 30 years. I am married to Steven, have two grown-up children and 2 dogs. I have recently retired from full-time employment as Housekeeping Bursar. I'm interested in gardening, cooking, walking and most sport.

Tel: 971 4381 E-mail: sonia.buchanan@beenhamonline.org

Alex Cother
I am a company director, married with two sons, one at The Willink and the other at Aldermaston Primary, where I was a Parent Governor and latterly Chair of Governors. Having lived at The Wharf for 13 years, I have become concerned about our community and want to make a contribution to its general wellbeing. In my limited leisure time, I enjoy live music and anything mechanical.

Tel: 971 4697 E-mail: alex.cother@beenhamonline.org
John Thurley
John Thurley
I am 67 years of age and have been married to Ann for 43 years. We have three grown up sons and five grandchildren aged four to14 years who I enjoy spending time with. My entire working life has been in the motor trade from apprentice to managing director. My main interests are gardening, dog walking and following Formula 1. I am a committee member of the Beenham Allotment Association. I have lived in Beenham for two years and prior to that was in Thatcham for 40 plus years.

Tel: 971 2554 E-mail: john.thurley@beenhamonline.org

Jackie Johnson
I have lived happily in Beenham for over 20 years now. I am married and we have a very energetic dog and a rather lazy white cat. I also enjoy horse riding, especially when the weather is fine. My two grown up children both attended Theale Green school many years ago. I have now retired after years of working primarily in the IT sector.

Tel: 971 3582 E-mail: jackie.johnson@beenhamonline.org

Jane Liming
I have lived in the village since 2009, previously living in Mortimer. I have a son who has just left Theale Green School, a dog and 2 cats. I enjoy walking, cycling (not so keen on the hill coming home) and am in my 2nd year of trying to grow things that are not buttercups or thistles on my allotment. I am Tawny Owl of 2nd Pangbourne Brownies which was set up in September 2011.

Tel: 971 0425 E-mail: jane.liming@beenhamonline.org

The Parish Council usually meets at 7:00pm on the first Monday of each month in the Community Room adjoining the school. Notice of the meetings appears on the Parish Council notice board outside the school, together with the minutes of the previous meeting and other relevant information. The first 15 minutes of each meeting are allocated to the public to allow them to raise any matters of concern. In addition to the monthly meetings there is the Annual Parish Assembly which takes place in April.

The Parish Council is responsible for many aspects of village life, including the provision of recreation facilities, reporting on the state of highways, footpaths and bridleways, commenting on planning applications and supporting parish initiatives, sometimes with grants.

The Clerk to the Parish Council is Mr Bill Goudge, Nova, Coppid Hill, Wokingham, RG41 4 TG, tel: 0118 977 3553, or e-mail billgoudge@aol.com. Please contact the clerk or any member of the Parish Council for further information about the activities of the Parish Council or if you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor.

Dates of Meetings for 2015


APRIL 13th
JUNE 1st
JULY 6th

Minutes from the Parish Council Meetings

Minutes and other documents below are available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Clicking on one of the links will open the document in a new window. From there you can save or print the document if desired. Closing the window will return you to this page.

Notes from the Parish Council meeting on 16th March are here

Full minutes of the last six Parish Council meetings:

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

Chairman's report to the 2014 Annual Parish Assembly, held on Wednesday 9th April, can be found here

A summary of the Housing Needs Survey can be found here

The Parish Plan is available here


District Council

West Berkshire Council is a unitary authority responsible for the full range of local authority services.
It was created in April 1998 when the former Newbury District Council took on responsibilities from
Berkshire County Council, which was abolished. West Berkshire Council has its main office at
Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD.
Tel: 01635 42400.
Web site: www.westberks.gov.uk

Keith Chopping is our West Berks district councillor.
Tel: 0118 983 4625 Fax: 0118 983 2010
E-mail: kchopping@westberks.gov.uk,
Web site:www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10155


Member of Parliament

Our Member of Parliament is John Redwood (Conservative).
Constituency address: 30 Rose Street, Wokingham, Berks RG40 1XU
Tel: 0118 962 9501 Fax: 0118 962 9323
E-mail: redwoodj@parliament.uk
Web site: www.johnredwood.com

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