GENERAL

Bishopstoke Parish Council is currently made up of 15 Councillors. There are 3 seats in each of the 5 wards - Itchen, Riverside, Stoke Common, Underwood and Whalesmead. A person who is eligible to be a Bishopstoke Parish Councillor can stand in any of the 5 wards, but only those people who live within the boundaries of the ward can vote on those seats.

Cllr Ray Dean - Chair

email: ray.dean@bishopstokepc.org

Register of Interests

"I moved to Eastleigh in 1964, aged 4, moved to Bishopstoke in 2009 and got married in 2014. I am an independent Councillor for both Eastleigh Borough Council and Bishopstoke Parish Council and I strongly believe that party politics should not be involved in local government and local decision making."

 

Ray is currently Chair of the Parish Council, Vice Chair of both the Finance and the Assets Committee, and Vice Chair of the Borough Council Local Area Committee for Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath. In addition to the Committee responsibilities listed above, Ray is a member of the Bishopstoke Memorial Hall Working Group, the Village Trails Working Group, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and is one of the Parish Council representatives to the Eastleigh District Association of Local Councils.

Cllr Dave Francis - Vice Chair

email: dave.francis@bishopstokepc.org

Register of Interests

"Thank you for electing me to serve on Bishopstoke Parish council.
Bishopstoke has always been my family's go to local area for walking, cycling and running, offering quality green spaces, ancient woodland walks and an excellent river environment. The recent Covid19 restrictions have shown us just how important these green spaces are to local people.
We moved to Bishopstoke 8 years ago when a house “in need of improvement” came on the market, having previously lived in Eastleigh. We have found the area to be good for families with our two boys having attended local schools, colleges and sports clubs.
On moving to Hampshire, following jobs in London and East Anglia, I have worked for 3 Local Authorities; Bournemouth and Eastleigh Boroughs and Southampton City, specialising in regeneration and design projects. I hope that I can bring some of the experience gained to my work with the Parish.
My main reason for putting myself forward for election was that I feel strongly that we have a responsibility now to address the crisis that will face our children and grandchildren, climate change, and measures we take at a local level can and will have a positive impact.
I hope that I can successfully pick up the baton from my wife who has previously served on the Parish Council and continue to work for local residents."

Dave is currently the Vice Chair of Bishopstoke Parish Council, and the Vice Chair of the Planning Committee. In addition to the Committee responsibilities listed above, Dave is a member of the Communications Working Group.

Councillor Anne Dean

"I have been an independent Councillor on Bishopstoke Parish Council for the past five years. I was born and raised in Bishopstoke and have lived here all my life. Both myself and my children attended the local schools.

 

I have always played a full part in village life and ran the local Brownie pack for several years."

Anne is currently the Chair of the Planning Committee. In addition to the Committee responsibilities listed above, Anne is a member of the Bishopstoke Memorial Hall Working Group, the Village Trails Working Group, the Climate Emergency Working Group and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Cllr Louise Hillier-Wheal

email: louise.hillier-wheal@bishopstokepc.org

Register of Interests

I moved to Bishopstoke in 1997 as I was teaching in a local school. I have fallen in love with the area and am honoured to have been voted onto the Parish Council.

 

I have two children who have been through the local pre-school and schools and been members of many of the local activity groups- Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Sunday School. I know how special Bishopstoke is - we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place with a fabulous sense of community.

 

I have loved Carnival since I moved here. I remember once turning up to the river floats and nobody being there - to now a fabulous event so well supported by the local school - meaning we get so many children and parents there. I have walked the Carnival route many years running with children dressed as pirates, elephants, fish and dalmatians - to name just a few!  

 I keep fit by running the streets of Bishopstoke- slowly but steadily- and once set myself the challenge of running every street in the area. I need to do this again soon to cover the roads that have been built since - please say Hi if you see me plodding by. 

I want to keep Bishopstoke special and will do all I am able to to retain the unique character of our village.

In addition to the Committee responsibilities listed above, Louise is a member of the Bishopstoke Memorial Hall Working Group, the Village Trails Working Group and the Carnival Working Group.

"I was born in Bishopstoke and have lived here most of my life. I married locally and my daughter attended local schools. I was a local Sunday School teacher. I work locally as a dental hygienist. I enjoy walking, running and swimming locally."

In addition to the Committee responsibilities listed above, Sue is a member of the Village Trails Working Group.

Cllr Andy Moore

Andy was elected to the Parish Council in 2016 and re-elected in 2021 as an independent Councillor.

In addition to the Committee responsibilities listed above, Andy is the main Parish representative to the Airport Consultative Committee.

Cllr Lou Parker-Jones

Lou has always been passionate about her home village, a place made special by both the local people and outstanding countryside. She was fortunate to grow up in Bishopstoke with a family very active in village life.  Over the last 40 years she has seen it change, but the specialness has remained.

Lou cares deeply about what happens to Bishopstoke. Wishing to ensure that the River Itchen, ancient forest and woodland are protected for future generations she decided in early 2016 she should give something back by standing for the parish council.  She was fortunate to be successfully elected in May 2016 and re-elected in 2021, as an independent candidate, free from party politics.

Lou has worked for many years within the public sector specialising in policy and strategy. In 2015 she received a distinction in her Master of Public Administration post-graduate degree. With a keen eye for governance and accountability she is looking forward to making the Parish Council more transparent and accessible to local people.

Lou was elected to the Borough Council in 2018 and is the Leader of Opposition and the Independent Group. In 2021, Lou was elected to Hampshire County Council and is the deputy leader of the Independent Group. Lou is also the Chair of the Finance Committee.

Cllr Mike Thornton

Cllr Mike Thornton

email: mike.thornton@bishopstokepc.org

Register of Interests

Mike is married with one daughter who is studying medicine at Imperial college and due to qualify in April 2018. His wife works with at Stoke Park infants with children who have speech and language difficulties.

The family has lived in Bishopstoke since 1994 after moving from Winchester. He loves the area and on moving here he and has family were struck with how friendly everyone was and how kind his new neighbours were.

He is Chair of the 12th Eastleigh (Bishopstoke) Scouts, a trustee for both the AWCA and Wyvern College, volunteers with both Bishopstoke & Fair Oak Good Neighbours and One Community, and is a Street Pastor.

In addition to the Committee responsibilities listed above, Mike is on the Climate Emergency Working Group.

Cllr Gin Tidridge

Cllr Gin Tidridge

email: gin.tidridge@bishopstokepc.org

Register of Interests

"I have lived in Bishopstoke for over 25 years. I have worked in Chandlers Ford for over 20 years.

I am passionate about the environment and I work as a sustainability specialist for a retailer. I am a keen, but very slow, runner, leading runs for a local running club. I also love cycling. I was elected to the Parish Council in 2016 and it is a real privilege to serve our community."

In addition to the Committee responsibilities listed above, Gin is Chair of the Assets Committee and sits on the Bishopstoke Memorial Hall Working Group, the Village Trails Working Group, the Climate Emergency Working Group and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Cllr Anne Winstanley

Cllr Anne Winstanley

email: anne.winstanley@bishopstokepc.org

Register of Interests

Anne has been a Parish Councillor ever since it was formed in 1996, and was honoured to serve as Chair for many years. She has served also on the Finance & General Purposes Committee and more recently on the Buildings Committee, as she has a special interest in the Memorial Hall rebuilding project. She was also responsible for the production of the Parish Newsletter for may years.

In addition she has been the Parish representative for local charities, and represents the Parish at the Eastleigh District Association of Local Councils. She is also a member of the Bishopstoke Community Association.

Anne has also been a Borough Councillor and believes in being involved with her community. She has lived in Bishopstoke for more than 20 years and thinks the village has an enviable position being so close to Eastleigh and the easy access from there to many other places, and also such easy access to a variety of countryside with the woods, trees and meadows.

In addition to the Committee responsibilities listed above, Anne is on the Communications Working Group, the Bishopstoke Memorial Hall Working Group, the Climate Emergency Working Group and the Carnival Working Group. Anne is also the Parish Council representative for local parochial charities (Twynams) and to the Bishopstoke Community Association. Anne is the second representative to the Eastleigh District Association of Local Councils and is the deputy representative to the Airport Consultative Committee.

"I was born and raised in Bishopstoke. I married and moved to Fair Oak in 1986. All my family live in Bishopstoke. I am an independent Councillor." 

In addition to the Committee responsibilities listed above, Ralph is a member of the Bishopstoke Memorial Hall Working Group.

Cllr Andrew Daly

Andrew was one of the newly elected Parish Councillors from the 2016 elections and was re-elected in 2021. He can often be seen walking round the Parish looking for ways it can be improved. He has a particular interest in litter and housing association issues.

Martin has previously been a Parish Councillor for Bishopstoke. He was elected back on to the Council as an independent Councillor in 2021.

Martin will be trained as the Parish Council's Tree Warden.

Cllr Dermot McKeone

email: dermot.mckeone@bishopstokepc.org

Register of Interests

Dermot was elected to Bishopstoke Parish Council in May 2021. He has lived in Bishopstoke for over 40 years and is married to Christine McKeone. They have three sons all of whom attended Bishopstoke schools.

Now retired, Dermot spent most of his career in the communications industry with periods as a journalist, public relations professional and media analyst. He ran a small media analysis consultancy in Southampton for 8 years.

He is currently a coach with a local archery club and is a keen walker. He is passionate about our local environment and wants to help make Bishopstoke a greener place to live in.

In addition to the Committee responsibilities listed above, Dermot is on the Communications Working Group.

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Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 5 out of 6 meetings attended

Finance Committee - 2 out of 2 meeting attended

Assets Committee - 2 out of 2 meetings attended

Human Resources Committee - 1 out of 1 meeting attended

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 5 out of 6 meetings attended

Assets Committee - 2 out of 2 meetings attended

Planning Committee - 7 out of 8 meetings attended

Human Resources Committee - 1 out of 1 meeting attended

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 6 out of 6 meetings attended

Planning Committee - 7 out of 8 meetings attended

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 5 out of 6 meetings attended

Planning Committee - 8 out of 8 meetings attended

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 5 out of 6 meetings attended

Planning Committee - 6 out of 8 meetings attended

Human Resources Committee - 1 out of 1 meeting attended

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 4 out of 6 meetings attended

Planning Committee - 5 out of 8 meetings attended

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 6 out of 6 meetings attended

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 4 out of 6 meetings attended

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 5 out of 6 meetings attended

Assets Committee - 2 out of 2 meetings attended

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 3 out of 6 meetings attended

Planning Committee - 3 out of 8 meetings attended

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 6 out of 6 meetings attended

Finance Committee - 2 out of 2 meeting attended

Human Resources Committee - 1 out of 1 meeting attended

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 5 out of 6 meetings attended

Finance Committee - 1 out of 2 meeting attended

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 4 out of 6 meetings attended

Finance Committee - 2 out of 2 meetings attended

Assets Committee - 2 out of 2 meetings attended

Human Resources - 1 out of 1 meeting attended

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 5 out of 6 meetings attended

Finance Committee - 1 out of 2 meetings attended

Assets Committee - 2 out of 2 meetings attended

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Cllr Chris McKeone

email: chris.mckeone@bishopstokepc.org

Register of Interests

Committee membership and attendance

Full Council - 3 out of 4 meetings attended

Planning Committee - 7 out of 8 meetings attended

"I have lived in Bishopstoke for more than 40 years. Now retired, I was a social worker, working with children and families teams in Southampton and, a long time ago now, in Eastleigh.

Since my retirement I've had a couple of spells as a Parish Councillor in the village. I'm an active member of the Methodist Church in Sedgwick Road and have been a voluntary driver with the local Good Neighbours scheme for several years. 

In my spare time I'm learning Spanish (bit of a must with a son living in Mexico and a Mexican daughter-in-law!) and enjoy walking and exploring Hampshire's extensive network of footpaths."

Chris was co-opted to the Council as there was a vacancy following the elections in May. Her first Full Council meeting was in June 2021. In addition to the Committee responsibilities listed above, Chris is on the Bishopstoke Memorial Hall Working Group and the Village Trails Working Group.

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