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Councillor Mrs Sue Baxter -
I moved to Wythall over thirty years ago with my husband and two young childrem escaping City life to enjoy the more rural surroundings and associated Community life. My hobbies include travel, walking and photography.
Councillor Richard Bell
I've lived in Wythall on Houndsfield Lane all my life and have great memories of growing up in and around the area. I attended and enjoyed Woodrush High School through to the age of 16, then stayed on to complete my A-levels at the sixth form. Throughout my time at Woodrush I've spent many hours helping out during school performances, open days, weekly lunches for the elderly in Wythall, the Youth Centre and the Scouts. At the Youth Centre I regularly attended during my teens, leading on to roles where I've helped secure funding and assisted with projects of different kinds.
More recently, at the budding age of 22, I have just finished University, Studying Film Production Technology at Staffordshire University graduating with Hons in August 2014.
This last year has seen me return to Wythall while looking for work in the film industries.
Being someone who loves giving back to the community and In touch with the younger side of Wythall, when the opportunity arose to potentially be elected on to the council, I had to take it.
During my time on the council I would like to strive to keep the Green Belt and Wythall as rural as possible and keep the Parish Council in touch with the views and consensus of the younger community.
Some of my hobbies include a love for Film, Photography, Skiing, Animals and much more.
Councillor Darren Bibbings
I grew up around Wythall and as a child spent most of my school summer holidays at my Nan’s Bungalow in Headley Heath, where I got to explore and fall in love with this wonderful rural area. I attended The Woodrush High School, and my first job at the age of 14, was seasonal work at the former Bleak House Farm preparing turkeys for the Christmas market. I also spent a number of years working at Wythall Green for Britannic Assurance (now Phoenix Life). When my wife and I had the opportunity to move here 3 years ago, we jumped at the chance as we saw this as a perfect place to set roots and start a family.My career over the years has taken me through a myriad of different roles and jobs from Karate Instructor to Project Manager and everything in between. I now run my own company providing consultancy services to the Financial Services sector which sees me traveling the length and breadth of the country. With all of the travelling I do, it is so nice to come home to the peace and tranquillity of Wythall. I became involved with the Parish Council as I wanted to help ensure that Wythall remains a desirable and safe environment to live and work whilst keeping its natural beauty and tranquillity. My hobbies and interests include F1 Motor racing, Star Wars and looking after our growing brood of exotic pets.
Councillor Mrs Heather Bibbings
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Councillor Helen Cleaver
I have lived in Wythall for many years, although I already knew and loved the area, from horse riding around the lanes and bridleways since the 1960s. In 2001 I joined Wythall Residents Association and in 2002 became a Parish Councillor. I currently chair the Planning Committee. I work in the area, at Phoenix Group. After years of spending hours travelling to and from work, its great not having to go far each day! I enjoy being involved in the local Community and I hope to do so for many years to come.
Councillor Ken Footman
Apart from my service with the Royal Air Force I spent my working life with a national retail company progressing through the various levels until I retired as the Retail Operations Director in 1993 with a degree in common sense from the University of Life.
When I moved to work in my Company`s Head Office in Redditch my wife and I chose to live in Wythall.
Since my retirement I have had the opportunity of becoming involved in issues which I considered would impact on the lives of residents. I was a founder member of the Green Belt Defenders, a group dedicated to protecting areas of Green Belt, not only in Wythall, but also the surrounding areas. Unfortunately this group has now ceased to be active.
In addition to my involvement with the Parish Council I have a non political interest in other tiers of local government, particularly the activities of Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire County Council.
Councillor Mrs K Kingston
There have been family connections in the Hollywood/Wythall area for around 50 years. As a child I remember visiting relations and thinking what a nice place it would be to live. Several years ago the opportunity to move here became a reality and I was fortunate to find a suitable home that met my needs. Close family live nearby and my grandchildren have attended the local schools and indeed, one still does.I worked in the housing industry for some 20 years, both on the social needs and the private side of housing provision. Since living here I have developed a keen interest in the future of local planning and given the continued growth of the area and changing boundaries I hope my past work experience will help in my duties as Parish Councillor. As a member of the Residents Association and the Parish Council I hope any input I have will be to the benefit of all residents in the area. My interests include cake making, walking and holistic therapies.
Councillor Mrs Sarah Lee
Having been back in Wythall for nearly four years and wanting to be involved with the local community, I was lucky enough to become a Parish Councillor last year. Always keen to make a difference, from a young age, I have always been involved in community activities outside of home and work; a Guide and Scout Leader many moons ago, a Special Police Officer when I lived in Warwickshire.
As well as working full time and family, I recently became the chairman for Wythall Carnival and am very excited about celebrating the Golden anniversary of Wythall Park, in August. Passionate about Wythall’s residents, I work with our local neighbourhood police team and run a Facebook page called, B47 Community Updates, which has community and police information.
Councillor Stephen Peters
I came to live in Wythall 1979, since when I completed my professional training as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor working for a large private practice in Birmingham and being involved on the International Convention Centre project. I subsequently became self-employed and that gave me additional free time to devote to working for the benefit of my local community.
After a couple of terms as a co-opted Parish Councillor, I finally succeeded in being elected in 2011.
My experience in all three councils (Parish , District and County) enables me to respond and assist local people with a wide range of issues.
My life is not entirely local politics and in my leisure time I enjoy cruising on the River Severn and involvement as a senior member of a national boating organisation.
Councillor Phil Rattigan
I have lived in Hollywood for over eight years now and done a variety of jobs including working within local housing for Birmingham City Council, manager of a narrowboat holiday hire, to name but two. During all this time my passion was working with young people and I did a variety of youth worker jobs, so back in 2003 I was able to mix my two passions youth work and outdoor pursuits with my current employer The Prince’s Trust. I now manage one of the Prince’s Trust programmes, working with some of the hardest to engage with, from 13 to 25 years old.
I have had an interest in representing people for a number of years serving as a union representative and then convener. I enjoy volunteering, however, this has normally meant working with those people in more marginalised groups. I, therefore, thought I would spend some of my time supporting those people who often have generously given me the opportunity to support those less fortunate. I look forward to representing the residents from within my Ward in a fair and measured way.
Councillor Mrs Sue Stewart
I have lived in Wythall for many years. Both of my daughters were educated in Wythall at Silvermead, Shawhurst, Coppice and Woodrush Schools.
At present I am a member of the Planning and Community Services Committee for the Parish Council
I am also the secretary of the Wythall and District Neighbourhood Watch Group.
I think Wythall is a great place to live, friendly, safe and neighbourly and hope my contribution helps the area to remain that way. At home I really enjoy cooking, baking and walking our dog.
Councillor Mrs Diane Taylor
I moved to Wythall in 1981. I was originally born in Burton on Trent and moved to Birmingham to attend teacher training college. I stayed in Birmingham teaching in the inner city schools. I resigned from my teaching post when my twins were born and it was then we bought the farm. The cattery was opened in May 1982 and I have run the business since then. I am heavily involved with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, whose role is similar to the Kennel Club for dogs. I visit schools with various animals in tow, give lectures at seminars and events such as The National Pet Show with the purpose of promoting responsible pet ownership. I love to cook, read books and I enjoy playing bridge.
Councillor Les Turner
Married with one son I have lived in Wythall for over 34 years and have served on the Parish Council and Residents Association member for over 14 years. I am also a District Councillor.
My main involvement at Parish has been with Highways matters and Transport and I am the Council`s representative on the Shakespeare Line Promotion Group.
Now a retired Mechanical Engineer, I have previously worked for Lucas Aerospace, MG Rover and Rolls Royce Aerospace as a designer and a vibration analyst.
Among my other interests are swimming, watching sport and hill walking, along with holidays and enjoying good food and drinks with friends.
Councillor Mrs Betty Webb MBE
Having lived the first eighteen years of my life on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border, I left to join the ATS (Auxillary Territorial Service) in August 1941. The next four years were spent in the government codes and cipher school, Bletchley Park, and with the British Joint Services mission in the Pentagon, Washington DC, USA.
We were all sworn to complete secrecy and bound by the official secrets act for thirty years after the end of World War II.
I was in service in the Territorial Army, both full and part time, from 1955 to 1966 when posting brought me to Birmingham as a Recruiting Officer (Women`s Services) for the West Midlands until 1969. After sixteen years as an Administrative Secretary to the Birmingham Law Society, I retired to Wythall.
Since 1994, I have continued to promote the work of the Government Code and Cypher School which was carried out at Bletchley Park during WW2, by giving talks to schools and social groups in many parts of the country. Also through various TV, Radio and telephone sessions throughout the world.
Councillor Miss Linda Wright
I was born in Three Oaks Road Wythall, christened at St Marys Church, attended Sunday School at Innisfree House School and worked as a Sunday School teacher there. A small portion of my life was spent in Highley, Shropshire from when I was five years old to eleven. I came back to Wythall and attended Woodrush School where I took my `O` levels, then I went on to do two year training course to become a Nursery Nurse. For thirty eight years I worked as a Nursery Nurse at a school in Kings Heath and I am now semi-retired. My great loves in life are the countryside and animals. I have run my own hedgehog rescue for over twenty years, rehabilitating sick hedgehogs and then releasing them back into the wild. My other hobbies are walking, painting and writing. I completed an eight year term on the Parish Council after I was elected in 1995. It was the time we were trying to save St Mary`s Church, sadly we were unsuccessful. I was co-opted back on to the Parish Council in 2008. It is good to serve the community of Wythall, a place I have called home for so long. I feel passionate about the green belt, I have watched it being eroded and working farms killed off because of EU regulations. We must work hard to save what green belt we have left, once it has gone it has gone forever. Being on the Parish Council I have a voice, be it a small one, but I will use it to help keep Wythall a green pleasant place to live.