RAY EVANS - PARISH CLERK & PROPER OFFICER
PARISH CLERK & PROPER OFFICER
Retired after fifty years in the Electrical Power Industry, moved from Birmingham to Henley in Arden, twenty-five years ago. A long-time member of Henley in Arden Drama Society, active as an actor, writer and director, Affearor and Ale Taster Henley Court Leet, Father Christmas for Henley Fire Service, founder of Henley ISPA Book Fair. Taking an active role in the publication of the new JPC website in order to provide a transparent account of all the Council’s activities. Chair of the JPC until taking up the office of Clerk early in 2020. Encouraging the Council to engage in worthwhile decisions on spending and investment for the community. Constantly engaged in updating the JPC protocols so that residents have a better understanding of local government and are fully acquainted with how every penny is gained and spent.
If you need guidance on any aspect of where the JPC can help you or your organisation improve the quality of life and happiness of folks in this wonderful town, please get in touch with Ray.
Tel: 01564 637 607
SERVING THE PARISH OF HENLEY IN ARDEN
CHAIR OF THE JPC PLANNING SUB-COMMITTEE
Also serving on Emergencies and Maintenance Sub-Committee
Planning Sub-Committee Members : Cllrs Roger Hubbocks, Val Hubbocks, Sally Harfield, David Broadbent. Advisor to the Sub-Committee Mr David Tomlinson
I was born in Stratford, educated at the Croft and Stratford Grammar School for Girls and Birmingham College of Art. I qualified as an Interior Designer in 1970 and practised in Birmingham. Time was taken out for marriage to Duncan, an architect, and two children. I worked in Edgbaston before setting up Arnold and Bainbridge Interiors with Sally Arnold in Warwick, where we were for 20 years. I moved into offices in Henley with Duncan 12 years ago and we now both work from home on the High street where we have lived for 49 years. I lived in the same house as a child!
I’ve been Involved with the community through HADS, Court Leet and Memorial Hall, the Jubilee Garden, Church and the HUB. I’ve organised Jazz in the Garden for many years.
Interests include all the Arts and Gardens/Gardening
I was very touched by my election onto the Parish Council and will endeavour to do my best for the community.
CHAIR OF EMERGENCIES & MAINTENANCE SUB-COMMITTEE
Also serves on the Town Welfare Sub-Committee
I moved to Henley in 2009 after having lived in Mallorca. I run a small business helping young adults around the country with Learning Disabilities to find paid employment.
I am a Governor at Henley C of E Primary School, at which my daughter attends and my wife teaches, and I am on the Henley Music Festival Committee.
I went University in the USA to study politics and have continued that interest ever since.
During my time on the council, I want to help the JPC to become more involved in the whole of Henley life, and to respond to residents queries quickly and efficiently.
I live at 24 Prince Harry Road, if any resident needs to speak with me.
Tel: 07824 901833
CHAIR COMMUNICATIONS SUB-COMMITTEE
Also serves on the Town Welfare Sub-Committee
Originally from Bournemouth, I moved to Birmingham in 2001 to study for an HR Management degree at Aston University, I was the first member of my family to go to university and was really proud to leave with a first class degree. Following this I worked in various HR positions within the hospitality sector for 6 years where I met my husband. We were married in St Nicholas Church in Henley in Arden in 2014. I now work for a national law firm as the Head of HR where my responsibility is for the delivery of a first class HR service to a growing business of over 1000 employees. At weekends I can normally be found walking somewhere locally in Henley with our Cockapoo Ella!
I have lived in Henley for the last 10 years and love the community we have here and our local high street. I am really looking forward to being part of the JPC working for the wider community in supporting and developing the caring and friendly culture we have and to making Henley an even more desirable place to live, work and visit. My particular objectives are to support local businesses and tourism in Henley whilst ensuring that we communicate with and reach out to all in our community.
If I can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.
VICE-CHAIR JPC & CHAIR OF TOWN WELFARE SUB-COMMITTEE
I joined the JPC in Oct 2019 and was elected to chair Town Welfare Sub Committee earlier this year. This role encompasses, Capital projects & Investments, Recreation & Health, tourism, Children’s Facilities, Allotments and Volunteer Bank. I have recently been elected as Vice-Chair of the council and I am fully committed to supporting our Chair, Elaine, and Ray our Clerk.
With the support of the other Councillors and Henley volunteers, I aim to develop and promote all of the above areas. Since taking on the role we have now filled all available plots at the allotments and managed to increase our revenue 4 fold for the JPC. We will continue to explore ways of finding more allotment space should that be the desire of our residents.
I am working closely with Henley High School to explore possibilities of improving sports and pastoral facilities which would benefit both the school and our whole town.
I am currently exploring grant opportunities to fund our desire to improve our children’s play areas, along with the possibility of an outdoor gym area, again for use by the whole town. Cllr Kate Easton is playing a pivotal role with this project.
A key focus for this year is the adoption of our Railway Station. We have already secured the adoption of the platform and surrounding areas and with the help of a great team of volunteers, you should soon have a platform to be proud of. Our next aim is to secure the station building and complete a full renovation in order to create a central hub for our town, with a link to the Heritage Centre. The overall aim of this project is to encourage tourism into our town. Please follow our JPC & Friends of Henley Railway Station for regular updates on this.
A new focus this year is to develop a robust bank of volunteers that covers all the needs of our town. If you would like to get involved please contact us via the JPC FB page or mail me directly.
Since moving to Henley 12 years ago I have truly grown to love our community and hope I can contribute further to our town by continuing to serve you on our local parish council.
Should you have any ideas or suggestion for any of the key areas under Town Welfare, I would welcome your feedback/suggestions.
Tel : 07545 480 622
Serving the Planning & Finance Sub-Committees
Over the last 10 years, I have grown to love Henley and its vibrant community and High Street. I joined the JPC as I wanted to get more involved and ensure that the JPC become more involved in the Henley community.
I am really looking forward to getting more involved and becoming a more active member of the community I now consider my home.
So if I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me.
07930 490 307
SERVING THE PARISH OF BEAUDESERT
Cllr Hubbocks also serves on the Finance and Planning Sub-Committees, active on Allotments Working Party.
I moved to Henley some 18 years ago after running my own vehicle repair and coach company in the south of England which covered the UK and Europe for 30 years.
Unfortunately, I had to retire some years ago through disability which made a big difference to my life and the changes I had to make; I could see how it affected the lives of other disabled people.
I decided I wanted to help other people with their disabilities and became a member of the Bedfordshire Disability Forum which I was chairman of and served for two years, campaigning for disability rights and access.
I have served on the Parish Council previously for twelve years, four of them as Chairman, but in 2015 had to stand down due to family health problems.
During my time as Parish Councillor, I helped to keep the library in Henley, also I was able to get the lifts at Henley Station along with a new bridge, campaigning with the disability rights and access. I assisted in obtaining funds for the allotments to be redeveloped on the north side which was just open ground. creating twenty extra plots with new fencing, gates and running water.
Tel: 01564 792235
Serves on the Planning and Finance Sub-Committees
- The Christmas Lights committee.
- SCAN [Senior Citizens Action Network] committee.
- The Evergreens committee.
- The Neighbourhood committee
- The Royal British Legion
For many years, I was involved with Henley-in-Bloom. In 2013, one of the years we were fortunate to win a silver gilt, I was proud to represent them on their behalf in receiving the award at the ceremony.
Henley is a wonderful and unique town with its two Parishes, I will endeavour to serve the residents of Beaudesert in which I was duly elected without contest on to the Joint Parish Council.
Tel 01564 792235
Mob: 07939 128790
CHAIR OF THE JPC
Cllr Field also serves as CHAIR OF FINANCE SUB-COMMITTEE, Town Welfare and Communications Sub-Committees.
I have lived in Henley for over 10 years and have worked here for 20 years. I am now the Head of School at Henley Church of England Primary School and have worked here since qualifying to become a teacher. I am fully committed to life in Henley and have endeavoured to support many local organisations by volunteering my time and services such as:
- Chair for Henley in Arden Music Festival from 2017
- Chair of the Annual Christmas Sleigh from December 2017 – This will now continue to be an annual event and will support local organisations from the funds it raises.
I strongly believe that these community events are important to the life of our town. I like encouraging all organisations in town to work together on projects like these as everyone benefits and our town becomes an even greater place to live!
In the spare time I have, I enjoy reading, swimming and spending time with my family.
Tel: 07887 567583