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I have lived in Poyle since 1976 with my wife Gill. Our three children all wen to Poyle First School.
In 1976 I joined Poyle Residents’ Association and helped with the Silver Jubilee celebrations. Using this as a springboard I organised many events over the years using profits for funding Children’s Christmas parties and Dinner events for the senior citizens.
I then became a governor at Poyle First School and after two years became Chairman. During that period, only 27 children were on roll. Surrey LEA wanted to close the school and bus the children to the Stanwell schools. However, I was able to persuade them to keep Poyle open. At the end of my term, we had 105 children, and had achieve Grant Maintained Status with Capitatl Funding in place for the junior Annex.
In 1995 I was elected to the Parish Council. My involvement has included:-
- Floral displays
- Traffic calming through the conservation area
- New lampposts throughout the parish housing estates
- Albany Park Cox’s Apple Orchard
- Refurbishment of Poyle Recreation Ground with the first hard surface football and basketball courts
- Christmas tree and lamppost illumination
I have always worked closely with SBC in my role as chair of the Environment Working Group. I have been the Vice Chair of the PArish Council for the past few years helping the chair with the day to day matters.
Since 2006 I have also been part of the Colnbrook Steering Group and was instrumental in it gaining Charity Status after which it became Colnbrook Community Partnership (CCP). £225,000 has been raised by the CCP, £185,000 of it being invested in Pippins Park, turning a rundown park into an exceptional facility with a new multi-use games area complete with floodlights, a new play equipment section and a new circular footpath with lighting. As a result Pippins Park gained the prestigious Green Flag Award for excellence in 2010. Colnbrook Recreation Ground has also benefitted with an extensive refurbishment costing over £70,000.