COUNCIL MEMBERS

The Town Council has thirteen Members, nine representing the Ward of Presteigne and four representing the Ward of Norton. Brief details on each Councillor are included below.

2017/18 Town Mayor, Cllr. John Wilding (NORTON WARD)

Email:  johnwilding@btinternet.com

Cllr. Wilding is a farmer and builder and lives in Norton. His family has lived in Norton for over 90 years. He has served as a Town and Community Councillor for 18 years and has served as Mayor for three terms of office.

 

2017/18 Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Ms. Bev Baynham    (PRESTEIGNE WARD)

21 Kings Court, Presteigne, LD8 2AJ

Email: bevbaynham@gmail.com  or for County Matters - cllr.beverley.baynham@powys.gov.uk   Telephone: 07976 928039

Cllr. Beverley Baynham has been a councillor since 2008 and was Mayor for the first time in 2013. She is a traditional local farmers daughter who joined the council as she wished to put something back into the local community. She has two children of school age and works as the Chief Officer for a local charitable organisation in the private care sector. She has particular interests in facilities for children, affordable housing and financial issues. Beverley sits on the Council Working Group for the Local Development Plan and is Allotments Liaison Councillor. She is presently an LEA Governor of Newtown High School, representing the interests of the John Beddoes Campus.
In January 2014 Beverley set about resurrecting Presteigne Carnival which ceased almost 20 years before. Not only did she manage to organise everything for July 2014, it turned out to be a huge success and a wonderful occasion for the whole community to come together. Beverley continued in the role as Chair of the Carnival Committee in 2015 and another successful Carnival was enjoyed by the town. Happy that the Carnival was once again established as an annual event Beverley relinquished her role on the committee.  
Beverley is qualified to Level 5 in NVQ's and Level 3 in the Association of Accounting Technicians. She considers herself to be a hard working, enthusiastic and approachable Councillor.
Also County Councillor for Presteigne and Norton. In May 2017 Beverley stood for election as County Councillor for Presteigne and Norton and won the election. At the 2017 AGM for Powys County Council she was elected as Chairman for the Radnorshire Committee and is Assistant Vice-Chair of Powys County Council.

 

Cllr. Rose Bamford (PRESTEIGNE WARD)

Telephone: 07538 548020

Joined Council May 2017.

Rose grew up in Presteigne and attended John Beddoes, later followed by a degree in silversmithing and jewellery at London Metropolitan University. 
She moved back to Presteigne 11 years ago, and has run her own business for the last 7 years. She has been involved in a range of community groups, like the carnival, fireworks and Presteigne Players and she organised Sheep Music in 2009. Presteigne has a great sense of community and she is keen to bring people together to work to protect our vital services and organisations. 
 

Cllr. Rory Bennett (PRESTEIGNE WARD)

Email: rorybennettpntc@gmail.com

Joined Council May 2017.

Rory was born and bred in Presteigne, leaving only to study Countryside Management at university. He has always been heavily involved with the community, and most recently has been a key organiser of both Presteigne Carnival & Sheep Music. Presteigne is not only his home, but also his workplace. In 2012 he started his own gardening business, and more recently started up an events business based within the town. He is very grateful to have been given the chance to play his part on your town council, and looks forward to making a difference to our community.

 

Cllr. Simon Dixon (NORTON WARD)(CO-OPTED JULY 2017)

Email: simondixon824@gmail.com

Co-Opted on to Council July 2017.

Background Information - Born and raised in Norfolk, he worked for several years in farming, then for an agricultural merchant (corn trading) before joining the police. He completed 30 years in Norfolk Constabulary as a rural beat bobby, then in CID. I retired in 2008. I then worked at a local stately home in various capacities, looking after tourists and visitors. He has always enjoyed being involved in the life of the community. I was a school governor for several years, and have been secretary of two parochial church councils. I also hosted "pub nights" in the village hall once a month. Since moving to Norton in 2014, he has helped at various functions in both Norton and Presteigne, e.g. fetes, firework displays and charity fund raising events. He has acquired various skills and abilities which he thinks could put to good use in the service of the community as a whole.

 

Cllr. Deb Edwards (NORTON WARD)

Telephone: 01544 260074 or 07794 351569      Email: deborah888edwards@btinternet.com

Joined Council May 2017.

Deb says 'I have had the priviledge to have been raised in this beautiful part of the world and have been lucky enough to gain employment locally and so to be able to stay and live here.' For the past 17 years she has been employed by the Royal Mail and so physically knows Presteigne and Norton well. She previously trained and engaged in the hospitality industry within the area. She hopes that residents will find her approachable, friendly and helpful.

 

Cllr. Colin Kirkby MBE     (PRESTEIGNE WARD)

Email Address: colinkirkbymbe@gmail.com

Cllr. Kirkby has been a Town Councillor since 1987 and is now the longest serving member. He has been Mayor 7 times. He has been responsible for a number of hands on projects during that time including the setting up of the Withy Beds nature reserve; the purchase of Lower Went's Meadow - three acres of ground for recreational use by the river Lugg on which the allotments were added; purchase of Silia Woods an important arboretum and backdrop to the community, which was gifted to the Woodland Trust; the setting up and running for 20 years of the Presteigne recycling centre which won 6 National Awards and put over £40,000 back into the community; obtaining grants for and leading the volunteers in the development of the Upper Went's Meadow after purchase by the Town Council, which included the refurbishment of an old barn, a community physic garden, footpath infrastructure, community orchards and the building of a skateboard and mountain bike track. He chaired the steering group and helped raise funding for the Welsh Assembly Funded Zero Waste Project which ran for three years from 2010 and achieved the highest recycling rate at that time in the UK of 74%. More recently he acquired an area of ground on the side of the Warden which has been dedicated to Cllr Eddie Taylor MBE and is managed as a hibernaculum. This was followed in 2013 by persuading Welsh Water to gift the old reservoir on the Warden to the Town. He continues to Chair the sub-committee which looks after the Went’s Meadow which he has done since the formal opening in 2001. He is currently leading a proposal to secure the future of the Assembly Rooms as an Arts and Culture Centre for Presteigne and Norton retaining the building for the Library and MBA.

Other community interests have included being a Retained Fireman for 10 years, a board member of the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts for 15 years and Chair of the Board of Governors at the local secondary school John Beddoes for 10 years. Was the Radiation Monitor for 2 years until the scheme was reorganised. After 7 years of service he has recently left the Board of Trustees for the Judges Lodging Trust, but remains internal auditor to Stapleton Group Parish which he’s done since 2002. With his wife, Ruth, he initiated the town twinning with Ligne, France in 2000. Colin is currently President of the Twinning Association. In 2013 he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the Environment and to the Community of Powys (Presteigne).

 

Cllr. Pam Linnett (PRESTEIGNE WARD) 

Email: pamlinnett@gmail.com    Telephone: 07946 282957

Joined Council May 2017.

Pam moved to the area in 1978 and brought up two children here. She now has three grandchildren. She ran the Hat Shop restaurant for over 20 years and now works part time at the Salty Dog. She considers herself honest, trustworthy, hard working and a good listener.

 

Cllr. Trevor Owens (PRESTEIGNE WARD)

Email: t.owens.pntc@gmail.com        Telephone: 07910 072825

Joined Council May 2017.

Trevor has lived in or around Presteigne and Norton all his llife. He has enjoyed long associations with the football, cricket and Young Farmers Clubs and has also been MC at the Town Carnival. He works for the BBC and has been in the media world for the past 26 years.

 

Cllr. Fiona Preece (PRESTEIGNE WARD) (CO-OPTED JULY 2017)

Details to follow.

 

Cllr. Nick Rogers (PRESTEIGNE WARD)

Telephone: 07527928086

Joined Council May 2017.

Nick is the fourth generation farming family in Presteigne. He was educated in Presteigne and has been involved with policies at Government level. He believes he is trustworthy, fair minded and is willing to listen to all. He promises to work hard for the community.

 

Cllr. Chris Ruby (NORTON WARD)

Corte Cottage, Norton, Presteigne, LD8 2EL.

Telephone: 01544 267749.                Email: Not available.

Joined Council May 2017.

No background information supplied.

 

Cllr. Lisa Veary (PRESTEIGNE WARD)(CO-OPTED JULY 2017)

Details to follow.