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.

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).

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

Adam Wolton

I’ve lived in Coltishall with my wife and two young children for 4 years. I’m a cabinet maker and have a workshop near Burgh. We have one of the parish allotments. Coltishall is a fine place to live in so many ways, but suffers from heavy and increasing road traffic, and is threatened with over-large developments - that’s a large part of my motivation for joining the Parish Council. 

aawolton@gmail.com

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