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PARISH COUNCILLORS

There are eleven seats on Coltishall Parish Council. Current councillors are listed below, together with their contact details and any background information they wish to share.

James Matthews - Chairman

I have lived in Coltishall for 7 years, first at The Old House, Church Street, where I carried out some essential repair work as it was close to dereliction,  before moving to my present home, Grebe Cottage in Church Close. I have a strong interest in historic buildings and urban landscaping having worked as a builder and have a Master’s Degree in architecture and energy studies.  I am now retired; my last employment was as a Secondary School Teacher, managing a Design and Technology Department. I have a passionate interest in music and play in a band. Nature and wildlife is one of the reasons I was drawn to come and live in Coltishall with its beautiful river walks and commons, I will always be active in protecting and enhancing this aspect of the village.

Campbell Jones - Vice Chairman

Born in Clun I grew up in Ludlow, Shropshire and was posted here by the Royal Air Force in December 1973 where I soon met and married a village girl. We have three sons and three grandsons all living in Norfolk. I work for Norfolk County Council as their Development and Operations Officer responsible for co-ordinating aspects of NCC’s responsibilities as Highways Authority on residential developments. I am the current Chair of Horstead with Stanninghall Parish Council, a Trustee of the Norfolk Playing Fields Association, a Member of the Tarmac Community Liaison Group and the current Chair of Norfolk Constabulary Aylsham Beat SNT Group. I am also an active member of the Coltishall and Horstead Community Speed Watch.

chjhspc@gmail.com

Nicola Chaney

I have lived in Coltishall and Horstead for over thirty years. I love the village and note the changes since I first arrived here. 

I have two horses, and used to ride through the village regularly, unfortunately I do not ride my own out at the moment as one is retired and the other a bit to spooky to ride out, but I do ride out on a friends horse, so I still get to enjoy the countryside around us. I worked at Aviva for 32 years until I was made redundant in 2012, I have done various jobs since then and am now semi retired.

I would like to keep the village the nice, safe, pretty place that I have enjoyed for so many years, for the future generations.

Richard Germany

I have lived in Coltishall for thirty years. I owned Horstead Garage for over 20 years until I sold it last year and since then have retired to do more work on Church farm, Great Hautbois Road, which I own. I also ran a successful pub called the Diplomat at Badersfield (the old RAF Coltishall site).

Brian Getley

I've lived in Coltishall for the last 20 years, married to Harriet for 25 years and have five children who have all grown in Coltishall. Apprentice instrument maker at AWRE Aldermaston and worked at Lotus Cars for 10 years, until recently ran a successful business in Suffolk for the last 10 years. Now enjoying daily life in Coltishall, whilst running a local business with Harriet. 

John Haschak

I moved to Coltishall in 1985 and have enjoyed living here ever since. I played cricket for the village for nearly two decades as well as being a governor at Coltishall Primary School for 10 years and have recently joined the Speedwatch team. Coltishall is a great place to live and raise a family and I want to help preserve and improve on all that makes it unique.

Doreen Snelling

I have lived in Coltishall most of my life.  For the past 32 years  I have worked at Coltishall Primary School as a Midday Supervisor, Caretaker and School Governor, now retired.  I am currently the Chair of Coltishall Village Hall & Recreation Ground (aka CAST)

doreensnelling@gmail.com

Michael Spinks

I have lived in Great Hautbois all my life. I have been on the Parish Council for over 40 years, and am also a trustee of the Village Hall and Recreation Grounds charity (CAST). I am very keen to protect green spaces and the environment in the Parish. In addition to being a member of the Commons Trust, I maintained Hautbois Common, as my father did before me, from 1969 until 2014. 

Michelle Thackham

I have lived in Coltishall for nine years - a relative newcomer I know, but I grew up in Swanton Abbott and spent much of my adult life living in Norwich.  I have a partner and two children; one at Coltishall Primary and one at Broadland High.  I am a Deputy Sister at Cromer Dialysis Unit, a nine stationed nurse-led facility at Cromer Hospital, where I work three shifts a week.  I am the treasurer and a trustee for Coltishall and Horstead Preschool and have recently become a director of CAST, the better to continue my role as self-appointed good fairy of the village hall.  Hobbies and interests include my allotment, Zumba, making wine and caravanning.

mthackham@hptmail.com

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