Parish Council 2013 By-Election
Date - 13th June 2013
to Brenda House who won with 295 Votes
Eddy 131 votes
Parker 75 votes
Smith 3 votes
Votes 504 & Turnout 34.8%
from each Candidate (in alphabetical order)
- 07913 698 355
I am writing to you about the by- election to the Parish Council.
I’d be grateful if you could spare me a few minutes of your
live in North Street with my husband Dean and my Son, Kit, who
goes to Bere Regis Primary School. I am a Solicitor specialising
in Conveyancing (property work). I want to be a parish councillor
to help you, to be the ear that listens and the voice that speaks
up, to listen to all sides of an argument to be involved and care
for the best interests of everyone in the village.
am currently involved in the youth organisation Banter and try
to help other organisations of the village as much as possible.
I am very proud of our fantastic village school and the excellent
OFSTED report they have achieved. I would like to work with the
Parish Council to:-
Ensure the businesses within the parish are successful. To boost
the local economy with a "use it or lose it" campaign.
To ensure the beautiful walks that are available are highlighted
and the signs and leaflets proposed are well used by tourists
and villager alike.
To ensure the Parish Council keeps the footpaths clear and to
make them available to everybody.
To use Souls Moor to the benefit of the whole Parish.
To support the new school and our important FOBRS.
To boast about our beautiful village to all, to make people want
to visit, stopping in the local B&B's and campsites, and spending
all their money in our local shops and businesses. Whilst ensuring,
tradition and respect, remain as part of our village.
To ensure the fabulous community spirit remains core to our strategy
in managing the demands of the modern world.
fell in love with this village as soon as I saw it and that love
has grown as I have met more and more lovely people. I have never
felt so comfortable and safe as I do now and I want this to continue
through my old age and Kit's progression to adulthood. I want
everyone to feel the same, as valued members of our community.
I want to help. I will do my upmost to represent you to the best
of my ability.
- Email here
Regis is my home and I feel very proud to have been a resident of
the Parish for almost all of my 50 years.
family has farmed at Lower Stockley Farm on Bere Heath since the
early 1900's. My Grandfather was foremost a farmer, but was also
on the Parish Council for many years and also on Purbeck District
Council. Likewise, my father was a Church Warden for thirty five
years and on the Parochial Church Council for fifty years.
am lucky enough to have been brought up here and went to the village
school until I was eleven, when I then went onto Blandford High
School and Upper School.
now run the family farm alongside my partner and eldest son and
have worked hard to build up the business to include Court Farm
in Bere Regis. Farming has always been my life and I have raised
my three children here and am now delighted that my grandchildren
are growing up here too.
I do not live within the village itself, as well as being a strong
voice for the people who reside in the village, I can also represent
those people who are living within the outer boundaries of our parish,
as I believe they are also important members, whose opinions matter.
would like to meet and talk with as many people as possible, to
hear your views and issues, so that we can work together for the
future of our parish.
- 01929 472 561
have lived in the village for almost 9 years with Helen and our
2 beautiful daughters and we intend to stay here in Bere Regis.
am an engineer by trade, though I have turned my hand to many things
in the past and have been self employed, worked for other companies
and held managerial roles within large businesses.
now choose to spend as much time at home with my family as possible.
daughter's are home educated and do not attend the village school,
though this does not mean that I do not support the school and the
work that they do, merely that I believe they are better served
with one-on-one tuition and active learning within the community.
am part of the village Neighbourhood Plan Team, SNCI group, Road
Safety group & Banter (the new village youth facility) and I
have attended all but one of the Parish Council Meetings for the
last 14 months. I also attend meetings at Purbeck District Council
as and when I can.
believe that people matter, their thoughts, feelings and ideas,
whether they are an active member of the community or not.
believe in equality, individuality, democracy & fairness.
do not judge people on their wealth, status, job, religion, race,
family or past.
believe in living for today and improving for tomorrow.
know me as being 'different', I am the one who is prepared to stand
up when no-one else will.
don't do things to improve my social standing, to make friends or
to pander to people, what I do, I do because I believe it is right.
know me as somebody who they can ask for help, trust and rely on.
will always tell you the truth, and sometimes it may not be what
you want to hear.
strive to ensure that things are done properly, efficiently and
believe that it is very important to support village groups, events
and businesses in order to retain the variety of facilities on offer
to us within the community.
believe that everyone has the right to be heard, and on a fair and
impartial playing field.
embrace difference, talent, knowledge & passion.
believe that the Parish Council, is your Parish Council and works
on your behalf.
believe that you should have faith and confidence in the Parish
Council and in all decisions made by the Parish Council.
believe that your vote matters...
I don't ask you to vote for me.
do ask that you use your right to have a democratic vote and vote
for the person who you would like to represent you!
- Email here
my name is Matthew Smith and I was born in South Africa. I have
lived in the UK for 13 years now, give or take a few months. And
I have been a resident of Bere Regis for 22 months. My family and
I enjoy living in the village and we think that the village has
a lot to offer the residents.
I am only involved in one group in the village, namely C.A.R.S,
I am still interested in the welfare of the village and decisions
which ultimately have a bearing on my family's future life here.
am a master carpenter by trade and run my own business. I work hard
to pay the bills and keep my staff in work. I worry about the same
things most other people worry about. I have dreams and aspirations
and do my best to achieve them.
will I bring to the Parish Council? A balanced perspective. I am
not swayed by social standing. I make decisions based on the facts.
I was blessed with parents who instilled in me strong moral values
and the belief that people should be accepted for who they are and
that everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I am proactive
and a carry projects through to completion. Being new to the village,
and having a fair amount of life experience, I could bring a fresh
perspective to the council. The council does good work within the
village and I would bring a fresh set of hands to the table.