Councillors' Details

John Blundell

I moved to Somersham with my family in 1974 being one of the first families on the then new ‘Trundle’ estate, over the next 45 years we lived in six different houses within the village.

After leaving the RAF I worked in managerial roles with ARC (Hanson), Mowlem’s and Tarmac. But it was not until I retired in 2007 that I discovered both the time and the satisfaction of being actively involved in the wider community.

Since then I have been on the Carnival Committee, a Trustee for The Pidley Mountain Rescue Team and am currently a Trustee with the Friends of Somersham Parish Church.

With a daughter, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren all living in the village, I believe that becoming a Parish Councillor I may be able to help ensure this village remains the great place it has been for raising a family in and to help safeguard it for future generations.

Steve Criswell

‘Born and bred’ in Somersham, Steve’s professional background is in farming, fruit growing and garden design. More recently his councillor role has dominated. Steve has served on Somersham Parish Council since 1990, following in the footsteps of his father Jeff and grandfather Bernard. He served as Chairman from 2010-2013. In 2004 Steve was elected to the district council to represent Somersham and 5 adjacent villages. At the council he has chaired Overview & Scrutiny panels continuously since 2006. Important areas of involvement and influence include Housing, Public Health, Welfare, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Leisure Centres. 2006 saw Steve elected onto the County Council, with responsibility for the 8 villages of Somersham and Earith Division. By 2008 he was appointed to serve on the Cabinet, first to lead on Service Transformation and latterly Community Infrastructure. He stood down from Cabinet in 2012 and has since led on important local initiatives.

Recent parish council activity has concentrated on developing the Community Plan and planning the delivery of localism priorities such as highway improvements, public health, assisting older residents, time-banking, supporting business and environmental initiatives.

Despite his considerable workload and wider involvement on 3 councils, Steve insists his biggest reward comes from representing the community and helping local residents.

I am married with two grown up children and have lived in Somersham for 21 years, although my husband's family have been in the village for over 200 years running local businesses!

For 28 years I ran a recruitment agency in Huntingdon, supplying catering and office staff throughout the county, but having closed the office in 2017 now work from home. We have a livery yard/stables in the village and my interest is horses and rural life. I have been a committee member of the Fitzwilliam Pony Club for approximately 10 years and currently hold the post of Assistant District Commissioner. 

Mervyn Greaves

Mervyn Greaves

Councillor

01487 842255

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

Register of interests

I have lived in Somersham, with my wife Kathleen, for over thirty years. Our two daughters were born and brought up here and both attended Somersham primary school followed by Ramsey Ailwyn and Abbey schools.I am employed in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

I am active in the village as a member of the Christmas lights working party, a bellringer at Somersham Parish Church and an occasional unit helper with Girlguiding Somersham. I am a member of the Finance and Amenity sub-committees of the Parish Council.

I joined the Parish Council because now our family have grown up I wanted to contribute more formally to the life and activities of the village.

Kevin Hawkins

Kevin Hawkins

Councillor

01487 843402

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

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I have resided in the Huntingdon area since arriving to take up a post at RAF Brampton in 1992 and purchased a house in Sawtry before retirement from the Army and moving to Warboys, and finally Somersham in 2002.

Since then I have been employed by major IT corporations which kept me very mobile and unable to have any time for involvement in local affairs. Something which I have always regretted. Since April 2016 I have been semi-retired, retaining a directorship in H2 IRM, a risk management consultancy, and volunteering part time as a case worker for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airman’s Families Association (SSAFA), working with ex-servicemen who have fallen on hard times.

I am developing a keen interest in local affairs and the way the village is developing in our rapidly changing times. In particular, I see the development of our environment, our youth and the way we handle our ageing population, as extremely important.  

I have time to identify issues which are important to local residents and to attend meetings as necessary.

Tony Hulme

Tony Hulme

Councillor

01487 840152

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

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As I get closer to retirement from Downing College in Cambridge I find that I am becoming more invloved with local groups like the Time Bank and I have thought it would be nice to involve myself again with the Parish Council. I am interested in road safety and the welfare of our youth so would eager to add to these aspects.

Paul McCloskey

Paul McCloskey

Vice Chairman

01487 841641

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

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Paul has been a Somersham Parish Councillor since 2005. He is a retired RAF Aero Systems Engineer who runs a management consultancy part-time, delivering Risk Engineering and Bid Management solutions into the Central Government, Health and Defence Sectors. As a councillor Paul sits on a number of working parties including Finance & Risk, Localism, Christmas Lights and Personnel; he also chairs the S4U Newsletter working party. He represents the Parish Council on the Hunts Flood Forum and also previously was a member on the Hunts District Council Standards Committee. Paul currently serves on the Board of the Somersham Sports and Leisure Association and is also on the FOSL Trustees Board, supporting the Somersham Community Library where he is a book champion and a volunteer. Additionally, Paul is the Honorary Secretary to the Somersham Nature Reserve Group and is an active volunteer in the Somersham Time Bank.

Away from Parish duties, Paul is a volunteer for the RSPB at Fen Drayton. He was also a local volunteer for the Cambridgeshire CAMTAD (Campaign for Tackling Acquired Deafness) and now serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees of Cambridgeshire Hearing Help, its successor, where he helps run local surgeries to support and manage hearing technologies throughout the county. Paul also sits on the organising committee of the Hunts & District Branch of the RAFA as its Newsletter Editor. He is also an Independent Member on two Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Partnership Boards viz, the Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment Partnership Board and the Older People’s Partnership Board.

Paul is proud to be able to support his local community in any way possible and believes that vibrant self-help is the only way in times of increasing public austerity.

Daryl Potter

I moved to Somersham in 1976 when I married and have lived in Church Street for the last 42 years. During this time I have had four children grow up in the village and all have attended Somersham school. Only one daughter and three grandchildren are currently living in the village.

My career has been in Railway Signalling and I still so some assessments for the Institute of Railway Signalling Engineers on a contract basis.

I am Trustee of the Friends of Somersham Parish Church and currently Treasurer.

Also I am a life member of Somersham Town Football club although have no current involvement.

I have always been interested in local history and have helped in the grave yard listing project. 

Nartasha Ruffell

Nartasha Ruffell

01487 841359

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

I have lived in the village for most of my life. I am mum to young children as well as grown up children and as such I have built up knowledge on all that the village has to offer to children, particularly with the introduction of the skate ramp some years ago; a particular favourite of my children! My interests include reading, gardening and spending quality time with my family.

I work as a Social Worker with Adults in Bedford Borough Council and I would like to utilise my skills as an advocate in order to develop community resources, groups and networks. I like to think that I am approachable and am good at listening and I would like to ensure that the interests and views of residents are advanced. I believe in providing people with the skills and tools to make a difference to the place that they live. When I reflect upon the many activities that my mother in law is able to participate in, such as Knit & Natter, Tia chi, Time banking, Over 60’s etc., I feel proud to live in a village with such good community ethos and I would very much like to be a part of the village’s continued success.

Tony Sansom

Tony Sansom

01487 841359

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

I have been a resident of Somersham since 2006 and I am an active member of the Community. In my primary employment as a Civil Servant, I am the senior programmer developing webpages for the Geospatial community.

In my free time I enjoy my garden and take great pride in its appearance where I receive numerous compliments. In addition, I am an active member of the Timebank and volunteer for AbilityNet, providing computer support to disabled people.

Before I relocated to Somersham I was the chairman of Hounslow Community Transport and the local Physical Handicapped and Able Bodied (PHAB)2 club where I also helped run club night activities and organize outings, I also drove the mini bus and made the tea.

My greatest concern for our community is dog fouling, making local amenities accessible to all by breaking down barriers and tackling loneliness. I am interested in rural growth not just affordable housing but infrastructure to support housing needs and growth and providing jobs to sustain local economy. My key strength is in helping those less fortunate to be best they can.



Dianna Skeggs

Dianna Skeggs

Councillor

07919 890808

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

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I have been in and around Somersham for basically + 60 years. My family have lived here since 1825. I feel that I could be beneficial in the development and running of the village for all people. I am following in the steps of my ancestors, many of whom have participated in the development of the town, having been on the Parish Council as well as the Church Parochial Council.

I have vast experience in business both national and international as well as a life time’s learning. I am a believer in the individuality and independence of each person. Having a love for the town I wish to see development in a sensitive manner with emphases on the environment – Nature and the Living quality for all. I have a great sensitivity over the waste of all resources, especially, in this instance money and all interference with the life of people.

Richard Sutton

Richard Sutton

Chairman

01487 840150

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

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I moved into the village, with my wife, during the May Bank Holiday in 1975. Despite being welcomed with a snow storm we are still in the same house.

I have worked for local undertakings including Cambridge Water, a bed manufacturer and a food producer in the Computer departments until I retired. For the past 15 years I have been on the Parish Council working, as we all do, for the benefit of the village.

It is rewarding work, even if unsung, because people only notice when things are not right. My hope is that I can continue to do my best for the village as long as possible.

Christopher White

My wife and I moved to Somersham just over ten years ago and are hoping to continue raising our children in what we feel is a very safe and friendly community.

I currently work near Whittlesford as a ‘Illustration Team Leader” for Canon UK, with 8 illustrators under my leadership.

I toured and recorded with a Rock band in the 90s which gave me a wealth of experiences when dealing with the most difficult of people.

The various groups, playgroups and resources in Somersham have always been very impressive and will continue to have my support, even after my young children have moved on.

Somersham has been a very welcoming place for my family and I, and I feel it is vital that all aspects of the town from the Library, Church, Village hall, Nature reserve, Doctors, Dentist and the various shops are supported and encouraged. Having a strong Parish Council can only help to achieve that outcome.

I have lived at College Farm since 1957 when my parents bought the farm. I joined my father after leaving school and have farmed there ever since.

I have been married to my wife Fiona for over 50 years and we have two children, James who runs a farm machinery business and Sarah who is a lawyer with BBC Studios.

I was a parish councilor for several years (1984 – 2003) and instigated the building of the floodlit courts and whilst Chairman, the building of the squash court and Norwood Room, and the footpath along the St Ives Road from the Industrial Estate to Gypsy Lane. Also, whilst Chairman, the building of the Millennium Facility with the award of a large Lottery grant and was Chairman of the Trustees for several years.

Geoffrey Wooster

I have been a resident of Somersham for the past two and a half years
I would like to contribute to the prosperity of the Parish in any way that I
can. 

I have been connected with the management of an engineering business for over 50 years. My formal training was in mathematics, physics, chemistry up to ‘A-level’, physics and chemistry to ‘S-level’, physics at University of Hull and ‘Instrument Engineering and Automatic Control’ Dip.Tech. course, at Northampton College in London. I served a five-year Instrument Making apprenticeship, with Crystal Structures Limited.

The Village is due to experience a significant expansion in the near future. Having been involved in the development of a residential estate of 24 houses in Bottisham I am familiar with a number of issues that can affect such developments, so expect that I would be able to make a useful contribution to planning discussions.

I have been an active member of the Time Bank since we came to the Village.