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Beenham Parish Council

There are currently six parish councillors:

Alex Cother, Chairman

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

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

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

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

Graham Bowsher

I have lived and farmed in Beenham for over 50 years and have 2 children Kathryn and Andrew. We all live at the farm in Beenham, and also farm in various places over a 9 mile radius.  I have a particular interest in rural employment and integration of diversity into the rural economy. My hobbies are rare breed cattle breeding and conservation projects (barn owl breeding habitats in particular).

Tel: 971 3035 E-mail: graham.bowsher@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 Lucy Rumens, 46 Maple Crescent, Newbury, RG14 1LR Tel. 01635 45487. 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 2nd November are here

Draft minutes of the last six Parish Council meetings (For authorised minutes please look at the Parish notice boards or contact the Parish Clerk):

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

Other Parish Council activities

The Chairman's report for 2015 Annual Parish Assembly, held on Wednesday 29 April, can be found here

The District Councillor's report for 2015 Annual Parish Assembly, held on Wednesday 29 April, can be found here

Minutes of the Annual Parish Assembly held on Wednesday 9 April 2014 were agreed at the 2015 Annual Parish Assembly and can be found here

A summary of the Housing Needs Survey can be found here

The Parish Plan is available here

A member of the Parish Council attends a Beenham Liaison Group meeting chaired by Grundons for the purpose of discussing local activities that may be of interest to the parish.  The liaison meetings include a number of local residents and representatives from West Berkshire District council and they are held every four to six months.  The notes from the most recent meeting are 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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