About Old Woughton Parish Council

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Beginnings:

Old Woughton Parish Council officially came in to existence on 1st April 2012. The parish was formerly part of the much larger Woughton Community Council. Independence was granted by Milton Keynes Borough Council on November 8th 2011 following a 2 year campaign by local residents and a parish boundary review.

 Our Ethos:

Our ethos is thus strongly embedded in the local community which is evidenced by the large numbers of residents who regularly turn out to PC meetings. We are highly service-orientated, acting promptly and appropriately to ensure our responsibilities are fully discharged in the best interests of its residents. We are passionate about preserving, enhancing and protecting our beautiful, semi-rural environment. In the wider realm we work enthusiastically with Milton Keynes Council, The Parks Trust, neighbouring parishes and other bodies. In addition to doing our business effectively and efficiently, we are also determined to do it economically and overall to give the very best value for money. To this end we maintain the very lowest, operational cost base that we can and our financial affairs are completely transparent and accountable.

Community  –  Service  –  Economy

Parks Trust Land Ownership Map v3

Locality:

The parish comprises the areas of Milton Keynes known as Woughton on The Green, Woughton Park and Passmore. There are just under 400 homes in the parish along with a church, a hotel, a pub and a handful of small businesses. The Woughton Pavilion and sports fields are also located here. Approximately 60% of the parish is green space, including a village green and a section of the Ouzel Valley Park. Old Woughton Parish is the owner of one of the largest allotment sites in Milton Keynes.

Parish Councillors

Andrew Humphries

Andrew Humphries

Chair, Old Woughton Parish Council, Woughton Park ward

Andrew spent 35 years in the Royal Air Force before retiring to run his own business consultancy. He is also a non-executive director of a renewable energy start-up company and a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management. He was one of the residents who ran the Small is Beautiful campaign which resulted in the formation of Old Woughton Parish in May 2012 and is one of the founding parish councillors. Andrew has lived in Woughton Park for 29 years and during this time he served for 5 years as the Chair of the MK Drug and Alcohol Support Service and for 2 years as a trustee of MK Carers.

Parish Responsibilities :- Chair, Finance & Budget, Village Greens. Liaison for MKC Consultations.

ahumphries@oldwoughton.org.uk;

Julian Vischer

Julian Vischer

Clerk, Parish Council

Julian joined OWPC in November 2013 as the second clerk in its short history. He is married with two sons, a daughter and a step-daughter. He has been working as a parish clerk since January 2012 and clerks for several small parish councils.
After running a smallholding with his wife in SW France at the start of his career he moved to Milton Keynes in 1981 establishing a small landscaping business in 1983. This entailed planting trees and shrubs in and around the new City for Milton Keynes Development Corporation as one of many contractors. Since the dissolution of MKDC the work moved progressively into creating private and commercial gardens. Between 1995 and 2003 he also worked as a ‘Lay Inspector of Schools’ for Ofsted – a post that no longer exists - inspecting all types of school across the country.
His interest in community affairs began in I991 as a school governor at his local First School, Heelands, remaining on the governing body for 19 years. In 1992 he also joined Bradwell Parish Council as a parish councillor representing Heelands until 2011.

clerk@oldwoughton.org.uk;

Robert Grindley

Robert Grindley

Parish Councillor, Woughton on the Green North ward

Robert is an Architect and has been living in Milton Keynes since 1982. After time away studying and working in Newcastle Upon Tyne, The Netherlands and then London he moved back to Woughton on the Green in 2006. He has a particular interest in the built environment and advises the parish council on planning matters. He is a member of the newly formed Woughton Heritage Group and has enjoyed getting to know more about the local area and its residents.

Professional Interest:

Registered Architect working for a family practice in Simpson

RIBA Accredited Conservation Registrant

Member of Milton Keynes Forum, the Civic Society for Milton Keynes

Parish Responsibilities :- Planning.
Liaison for Woughton Playing Fields and Woughton Pavilion.

rgrindley@oldwoughton.org.uk;

Roy Kenyon

Roy Kenyon

Parish Councillor, Woughton on the Green North ward

Roy, now retired, hailed from Lancashire, and was educated at Bolton School and Liverpool University. He joined William‘s Deacon’s Bank in 1962 moving to it‘s embryo IT department in London in 1965. He worked through the name changes to Williams & Glyn’s then Royal Bank of Scotland before spending some time as a consultant with Mars and Abbey National in IT capacity planning and procurement. He has lived in Milton Keynes since 1989, was a school governor at Simpson, and, a member of the Small is Beautiful campaign which lead to the granting of our current Parish Council status. He is currently part of the Parish Council team of three looking after the Patch Allotments.

Parish Responsibilities :- Allotments.

rkenyon@oldwoughton.org.uk;

Philip Nash

Philip Nash

Parish Councillor, Woughton on the Green North ward

Philip worked in IT, initially as a developer and then as a project and programme manager for various IT companies. Projects delivered were mainly in financial services and government departments. He is now retired. Philip moved out of London, first to Buckingham and then to Woughton on the Green in 1989. He has been a parish councillor since May 2014 working as part of the Allotments team administering the Patch Allotments. He also set up the virtual Google Apps for Work, IT infrastructure in use by the Parish Council for emails, collaboration and document storage. He has developed this website for the Parish.

Parish Responsibilities :- Allotments, Information Systems, Village Greens.

pnash@oldwoughton.org.uk;

Judith Howson

Judith Howson

Parish Councillor, Passmore ward

After 42 years teaching music, mainly individual instrumental lessons on the piano and all four woodwind instruments, in both the public and the private sectors, Judith retired in 2009. She has been married for 42 years and has one daughter, who lives with her husband and 3 children in Leicester. She has lived on Passmore for 32 years, being involved for many years with the Residents’ Association. She is an active Christian, having been a member of St. Mary’s Church for several years and serving there on the Church Council. She joined the Small is Beautiful Campaign and subsequently became a founder member of the Parish Council.

Parish Responsibilities :- Noticeboards & Newsletter, Dog Bins, Village Greens.
Liaison for Canals and Rivers Trust.

jhowson@oldwoughton.org.uk;

Mike Blomley

Mike Blomley

Parish Councillor, Passmore ward

Born in Manchester, Mike moved to old Bletchley with his parents and 3 brothers in 1949 and later lived in Bletchley Park. Then the family lived in Singapore for 3 years until 1960, sailing out down the Suez Canal and returning via the Panama Canal. At 18, Mike started work as a TV and Electrical Salesman but in 1966 joined an insurance company, being the agent for the Woburn Park area. Taking early retirement in 1997, Mike had a series of part-time jobs, until taking full retirement in 2007.
Mike is married with a son and a daughter and 3 grandchildren. He has lived on Passmore for 35 years.

Parish Responsibilities :- Noticeboards, Dog Bins, Planning, Village Greens.

mblomley@oldwoughton.org.uk;

Charlotte Hall

Charlotte Hall

Parish Councillor, Woughton on the Green South ward

Family have lived in the village of Woughton-on-the-Green since the early 1950’s. Second generation Woughton Parish Councillor.
Education: Locally: Old Simpson School and Stantonbury Campus and Stantonbury Campus Music School. University of Wales: BA (Hons) and PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education)
Career: Outdoor Education / Pursuits Instructor in the Lake District (Calvert Trust) and Yorkshire.
Bursar: North London School for 20 years. Senior Manager with responsibilities for the day to day financial management of the School together with HR, Health & Safety and premises maintenance and development. Capital project planning and implementation.
Currently: Self Employed: Bespoke Business Support. President: The Patch Allotments. Chair: Woughton Heritage
Interests: Gardening, Allotment & Bee Husbandry. Conservation and Protection of the Rural Environment.

Parish Responsibilities :-
Finance & Budget, Planning.
Liaison for Woughton Heritage
OWPC Representative - Welfare Trust

chall@oldwoughton.org.uk;

Richard Freeman

Richard Freeman

Parish Councillor, Woughton Park ward

Richard grew up on the Green, seeing the development of neighbouring Woughton Park, which he has called home since his company constructed the three properties at Saddington in the early ’80s.

Richard’s long property background gives him a ready insight into the technical issues facing the parish.

Parish Interests : Environment & Technical

Outside Interests:
V. Chair, Woughton Heritage Group
Member of Milton Keynes Cancer Patient Partnership
Dog walking and animal welfare

Parish Responsibilities :- Joint Vice Chair.
Liaison for Transport, Canals and River Trust, Parks Trust, and Woughton Heritage.

rfreeman@oldwoughton.org.uk;

Ray Brown

Parish Councillor, Woughton on the Green South ward

Parish Responsibilities :- Joint Vice Chair, Allotments, Budget & Finance, Planning.

rbrown@oldwoughton.org.uk;