At the July Parish Council meeting two new members were co opted onto the Council. They are Matt Geen and Clare Anderson. We welcome them both and are sure they will both make a useful addition and a significant contribution to the community.
Regretfully, we have to say goodbye to Andy Anderson and Peter Goodenough, both of whom have decided to step down from Parish Council duties. The Community owes a great deal of thanks to Andy and Peter for their tremendous drive and energy put into the various initiatives and improvements around Curry Rivel over the past few years.
We wish them both well.
The Parish Council is currently meeting via video link once a month on the first Thursday of the month. Members of our community are welcome to request to attend by video by e mailing the clerk firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim Chair Derek Yeomans
After serving in the Merchant Navy, Fleet Air Arm, and Royal Fleet Auxilliary for over 40 years I was elected to the South Somerset District Council in 1999, and the County Council in 2001, having only recently retired. I was Chairman of the Somerset Waste Board and the Regulation Committee at the County Council and served on several other committees; including those concerned in Auditing. My interests are the preservation of the worlds natural environment, diversity and maximum reuse and recovery of all waste as the valuable resource that it is. I have been on the Parish Council since 1998.
I have lived in Curry Rivel with my wife for 37 years and am now retired. In the past I have helped to develop the Youth Club, Cricket Club and the Parish Plan. I am part of the team that manage the community website. My main interests are cycling, snooker, table tennis, walking, music, hi fi and have recently discovered the joys of croquet.
As a Councillor, my main priorities are to: improve the road surfaces in and around the village, support the growth of new and existing enterprises, and to support the development of a new village hall.
Address: Edenhurst, 5 Dyers Close, Curry Rivel, Langport, TA10 0PX
Having lived in the local area for the past 20 years, my wife Ann and I moved to Stoney Lane in 2017. I am a retired publican and enjoy being a part of the community and walking in and around the village. Whilst walking I meet many other local residents.
My daughter and grandchildren also live in the village, which gives me a focus to help ensure our village remains a safe and enjoyable area for the future, for all generations.
I am a full time publican running the village pub with my wife Kate. Before moving to the village I worked in the Property sector and Pharmaceutical sector in varied and interesting places including South Sudan, where I helped to set up the South Sudan Rugby Union. My hobbies are anything to do with playing or watching sport! As a councillor with a business and a young family my priorities are to ensure a thriving business community, a safe and fun environment for the kids and to encourage healthy team work through sporting activities.
Interim Deputy Chair Terry Mounter
I was 'educated' at Curry Rivel Primary and Huish's grammar school, and have lived in the village all my life. I am now semi-retired from UK-based earthmoving companies. For 16 years I represented Curry Rivel as District Councillor and as Chairman of the Parish Council. I am interested in rights of way and planning with ensuring that Curry Rivel does not become a target for high density housing development. I believe having 3 tiers of local government (County, District and Parish) is expensive, inefficient, and should be reduced to 2 with greater powers devolved to Parish level.
I moved into Curry Rivel in 2018 but was raised in nearby parishes since the early 1990s, leaving Somerset in the 1970s to pursue a career in marketing and management positions. My career was largely in the service sector; for British Airways, the Automobile Association, Reliance Security, and towards the end; running a careers management organisation and teaching Business and Economics at Somerset College. Now retired; my interests include walking, golf, gardening, tennis, and cooking. Things important to me include keeping environments safe and enjoyable, ensuring footpaths are maintained, and developing the childrens' play grounds/ sports facilities.
I have lived entirely in Somerset except my first four years and during university. Raised a few miles away, I have lived with my wife in Curry Rivel since 2011. I am a Chartered Engineer, specialising in systems engineering. I am a director of both my own consultancy company, and a sonar company in France. I have previously worked as a school teacher, was a carer for my first wife before she died of a progressive illness, and am the proud father of two children. Bit by bit, the world seems to be becoming a worse place and Curry Rivel is a better place to be than many, and I would relish the chance to help to keep it that way. I enjoy playing music on various instruments, and I keep fit by running round the many wonderful village footpaths.
Clare Anderson. I have lived and worked in the village since 2014 and I am interested in joining the Parish Council as I think I could make a difference to the people of Curry Rivel. I am keen to make a difference and will do my best to support the Parish Council in the support of our Villagers. I do believe that the village has a lot of potential and I adore, and take part in, the many activities that take place within the village making our lives better.
District Councillor Tiffany Osborne
Curry Rivel has been my home for more than 40 years and I care deeply about its future. During my working career I have gained valuable experience in areas such as business and project management, journalism, TV and media and the organisation of international sporting events. I currently work as a Community Involvement Manager ensuring the vulnerable young people of our County are supported and encourage by volunteers to fulfil their potential. I also represent this community as a parish councillor.
Curry Rivel and Drayton is a wonderful part of Somerset to live and work. My challenge will be to ensure that all available capital and revenue budgets are focused on statutory duties along with the needs of our parishes.
As your South Somerset District Councillor, my commitments are:
Address: Morningside, Stoney Lane, Curry Rivel, Langport, Somerset, TA10 0HY
Clare lives in Stembridge with her young son and can be found traversing the division bringing her own unique brand of enthusiasm with her. Clare works in her District council ward of Langport and Huish and has now bought about some continuity from parish level to county level for the benefit of us all. Clare sits on various committees at the district council and was appointed Junior Cabinet Member to the Deputy Leader, David Hall and cabinet member for Resources and the Economy at the County Council.
Tel: 07879 423117
Clerk Jenny Ludgate
Address: 14 Brookland Road, Huish Episcopi, Langport, Somerset TA10 9SZ