Bomere Heath & District Parish Council
List of Councillors
The parish is sub-divided into 5 wards for the purposes of electing the Parish Council.
The wards are Albrighton (1 councillor), Bomere Heath (6 councillors), Fitz (2 councillors), Leaton (2 councillors) and Preston Gubballs (2 councillors). The Parish Council therefore consists of a total of 13 members.
List of Councillors
Mr Neil Baly - Fitz Ward
Mrs Shirlie Briers – Leaton Ward Finance & Chair's Advisory Committee Mobile: 0771 315 2962
I was brought up in Cheshire and have been married for over thirty years to my husband Roger. We caravanned for fifteen years at Fitz prior to coming to live here and enjoyed the area so much that we decided that when the opportunity arose we would take early retirement and come and live in this lovely village and enjoy a slower pace of life. This we did in 1996 when we purchased Wood Cottage, Cutbury Hollow and took on a lengthy programme to bring the Cottage into the twenty first century with central heating and double glazing together with creating a beautiful garden. We both worship at St Peter and St Paul, Fitz and Leaton when appropriate.
Some eighteen years ago we both felt that we needed to give something back to society and the fact that I had been diagnosed with diabetes and had received a lot of support from Diabetes UK, I joined the local Voluntary Group and a short time later my husband also took up appointments within the Group and we are now Committee Members. We both work tirelessly within the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and I personally work out in the community specialising with people who are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. We also run a Sales table within the hospital to raise funds for the Charity together with promoting it through Store collections and I also work with other like minded volunteers on NHS projects to the further betterment of the patients we support.
I am an active member of Ruyton XI Towns WI and enjoy the social aspects.
I have been a Parish Councillor for seventeen plus years and I am now the longest serving member of Bomere Heath Parish Council and work tirelessly for the benefit of the Community. I have over the years taken upon myself to perform many duties on behalf of the Council and I currently produce the BHPC and Montford Bridge Parish Notes on behalf of the Council. I work closely with other Agencies and Groups including the Police, Severnside Housing and Shropshire Council. I am fortunate that my husband is also committed to support some of my activities within the Parish of Bomere Heath and regularly goes out strimming and weed killing together with other mundane duties which benefit the residents of the Parish and beyond including the maintaining of some of our memorial areas such as the Lloyd Pump at Dunns Heath and to see the footpath from Leaton to the end of the Parish border finally re established and the work ongoing.
I would like to think that I am a loyal member of the BHPC and that I can be approached by members of the larger community whenever the need may arise.
Mr Jason Buglass
Mr Robert Cooke - Bomere Heath
I have lived on the outskirts of the village all my life, firstly on a farm at the Preston Gubbals end of the village and now in Merrington. The farm was a mixed dairy and arable enterprise with land on both sides of the village. At the age of 19, I went to Walford Agricultural College for 3 years and loved every moment of it, getting a good education in farming and the ways of life itself. When my father retired from the farm and we sold up I went into agricultural contracting having always loved working and operating agricultural equipment and the life farming had given me so far.
Unfortunately, with farming going through tough times I thought it was time for a change in direction. After going back to college and retraining I started working in the air conditioning industry. In 2008 an opportunity arose for me to start my own air conditioning business based at Merrington.
I joined the parish council in 2014 because I wanted to put something back into the village and community that I have known and grown up with throughout my life.
Mrs Louise Cowley - Leaton Ward Chair, SALC Area Rep, LJC Rep
Mobile: 07517 480758
I was brought up on a mixed, family farm producing arable, cider apples, beef cattle and hops near Ledbury in Herefordshire. It was a great childhood, I was given jobs on the farm from early on, learning to drive at 12 years old on a Massey Ferguson 35, hop-picking in September and my favourite occupation – stubble burning, which has long since been outlawed. After studying a degree in Plant Science at Wye College – I changed tack into the art world. After working for Phillips (an auction house), I did a MA in Museum and Gallery Administration and then spent the next 20 years working for the Boundary Gallery in London. It was a wonderful job that I enjoyed immensely organising monthly art exhibitions, book launches and selling art to people from all over the world.
2010 and a new teaching job for my husband Richard brought us to Shropshire. So in Shropshire terms I am definitely a ‘blow-in!’ I started a new venture of painting watercolours of people’s homes, I still work occasionally in London for my old employer and I organise an annual contemporary art exhibition at Oerley Hall near Oswestry that raises funds for Hope House.
My interests on the council include planning and the website.
Mr Owen Evans - Bomere Heath Ward
Mr Dan Harmer - Bomere Heath Ward - Vice-Chair Of Parish Council and Chair of the CLP
I grew up in Bishops Castle and relocated to Shrewsbury in my late teens, after some time away from the county I moved to Meole Brace in 2009 before settling in Bomere Heath in
2014. I am married with 3 children, two at Bomere Heath Primary and one at Nursery. My family and I are very much into village life, with the children participating in many local clubs and
activities and my wife is an avid gardener and she’s a member of a local contemporary choir group. Along with my role in the council, I am also proud to be chairman on the 1st Bomere Heath Scouting Group executive committee here in the village.
My career has enjoyed some variety, I had many years in retail management, which included running a shop in Shrewsbury High Street for several years. However, 10 years ago I retrained, gained a degree from Sheffield Hallam University, to become a construction site manager. My most recent project was managing a £3.5m new school build outside Stafford.
I joined the parish council in 2015 and am passionate about our local area, in my role as councillor, I aim to be approachable and listen to concerns that parishioners may have. I can draw from my experience in construction when discussing planning applications and village logistical challenges. Finally, I am currently chairing the Community Led Plan (CLP) subcommittee who are working towards the “Have Your Say” Summer event to form the more permanent Steering committee made up of likeminded local members to create the Community Led Plan.
Mr Mick Keogh - Bomere Heath Ward
Mr Edward Mason - Preston Gubbals Ward - Councillor for Environmental Issues
Mr Martin Speak
With my wife I moved to Bomere Heath from Staffordshire in 2015, attracted by a property within the village needing renovation and a desire for a change of lifestyle. We haven’t looked back!
Bomere Heath has so much to offer with its position in an attractive part of Shropshire, but with all the facilities of a large town only a short drive away. I was 'Born and bred' in the ‘Blackcountry’, and a relative once told me that several generations ago our family moved from Shropshire to seek work in emerging industries. So in a sense I have come home!
Experience wise I am a retired Detective Inspector from the West Midlands Police after 30 years’ service. I have a broad experience base from policing inner city areas and finished my career investigating serious crime. With a lot of skills transferable, I started a new career as a Senior Manager of Investigations with the Gambling Commission and regularly commute to the head offices in Birmingham. The Commission is the UK’s gambling regulator and I have responsibility for a team which investigates illegal gambling and regulatory breaches, and includes liaising with local authorities and agencies nationally and internationally.
Albeit new to the area I became a Councillor more by accident than by design. With an opportunity to meet more villagers at a gathering at the local cricket club, somehow I got roped into becoming part of a small sub committee to help develop the Community Led Plan. It was as a result of looking into some of the issues facing the village that I found myself wanting to help more, which led to me putting myself forward for one of the vacancies on the Parish Council.
After 11 yrs with the Commission I am now planning to take early retirement. With my working experience I believe I will be able to make a useful contribution to the Parish Council.
Mr Colin Stockton