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Gretton Parish Council

Meet your Councillors

Andrew Royle - Chair

Born in Sheffield in 1949, married my first wife in 1970 and my son Matthew was born in 1972.  Moved to Corby in 1973 and settled in Gretton in 1974 which also saw the birth of my daughter Lucy. Both Matthew and Lucy attended Gretton Primary school. I entered the world of insurance broking in 1985 and moved to Cottingham in 1988. Divorced in 1993 and married Alison in 1996. I successfully ran my own insurance brokers based in Corby where my son worked with me. I moved to Station Road, Gretton in 1999 and after merging my business with another broker in Market Harborough took early retirement in 2011. Alison is an Area Broking Director for Towergate Insurance. I have four Grandsons and a Siamese cat that thinks he is a dog. I enjoy doing all of those things I never previously found time to do such as housework and ironing! I have been a Parish councillor for many years and became Chairman in 2012.

Phil Bromhall - Vice Chair

I am a Former electronics engineer and was a Physics teacher in Corby and Melton Mowbray.  I am also a Husband, father and grandfather. I have been a Corby Borough Councillor (Lib Dem) for 12 years until May 2015 when I decided not to stand again.  I have lived in Gretton since 1978. 

Member of Corby Rotary, Northants Wildlife Trust (BCNP), member of Royal Forestry Society (for interest not because of any expertise) and a long time attendee at St James Church.  I also Seek refreshment occasionally in most suitable places in Gretton but more frequently at Lydia’s and the Hatton. Now past 70!

Marshall Ferguson

I moved from Weldon to Gretton in 1969.  Now aged 70 and retired from my business in 2005 after 40 years as an Electrical retailer.      I became a Parish Councillor in 1986 and took over the Chair of the Parish council from Jim Woolston in 1988.  I retired from the Chair in 2011.

My hobbies are Golf,  Bowls,  Shooting,  Gardening and DIY and have been a Member of the Rotary for 41 years.  I have been President of Gretton Bowls Club since 1987 and a Trustee of Rowlett School, Corby since `1985.

Terri Meechan

I was born in Edinburgh and moved to London to live for the second time when I was 16.  I left London with my Partner and daughter in 1981 to move to Soham in Cambridgeshire, where we lived until late 1989 when we moved to Dunstable for a short while after which we finally settled in Gretton in 1993.

I have a Daughter, Clare who is 42 and a Son, Harry who is 25 and a beautiful Grandaughter Eve, who is 16 – and along with my Partner of 38 years, Mick my family are the core of my life.

Gretton very quickly became my permanent adopted home and me and my family just love the place and the people with a passion, which is why I decided to stand for election to the Parish Council back in 1999 elections – Gosh!! That means I’ve served on the Council for 16 years now .. time flies!!    I was also a Borough Councillor for four years from 2007 untill 2011 which I enjoyed very much.  I am very involved in the Community in a lot of ways – particularly with Corby Carnival and Corby Radio where I do full-time voluntary work.   I am also heavily involved in Twinning projects that are aimed at helping the youth and disabled of the Borough through social inclusion, internships/apprenticeships etc.   Basically, I love being involved in the community and will always be involved and do what I can – particularly for the youth.

Tim Fox

I have lived in Gretton for 27 years where my wife and I have brought up two, now, grown-up children.  I work as a Chartered Surveyor and agricultural valuer with a firm in Leicester and cover most of the East Midlands.

I have served on the Parish Council for 15 years and have taken particular interest in matters relating to planning and the development of the facilities on the Recreation Ground.

Mark Thompson

My name is Mark Thompson and currently reside at Arnhill Road in Gretton where I have spent the majority of the 50 years my life, I am married to Susan and have 3 terriers that we treat as our children.

I am one of the local builders in the village and have carried on that proud mantle from my father.

My family have been in the village for generations and have run many successful businesses such as construction, the local flour millers, to farmers, milk delivery, and even dog breeding which my mother has done for many years.

Spendlove drive is named after my grandfather who farmed the land there and was a major part of the village.    I have been honoured to be a parish councillor for approximately 11 years, as was my grandfather Roland Spendlove  before me, and I enjoy being part of a committee trying to make the village a better and more attractive place to live. 

Matthew Moore

I am Gretton born and bred, and am serving on the Parish Council like my father Barry Moore and my grandmother, Nora Wilson, did before me.  I live on Kirby Road with my wife Helen and daughter who attended the village school and is now studying at UCC.  I am a Project Engineer working for a large company in Corby.  I have served on the Parish Council since being elected in 2007, am a member of the section 106 sub-committee and am a Chirpy Chicks representative.  I believe in preserving our Northamptonshire countryside and the unique identity of its villages.

Julie Smith

I first moved into the Village in 1990 when Dad (John Hindle) started to run the Hatton Arms, I lived here until I was 18. I then returned to the Village in 2009 and took over running the Hatton along with my husband Neil.  We both enjoy being an important part of the Village community. I love Gretton and the community spirit that we have.

Frances Woolston

I was born and brought up in Gretton and on leaving school went to London to train as a nurse.  I spent the whole of my working life in health care both in the U.K. and Europe.  This included a six month stint as a student midwife in the community on the Exeter Estate in Corby and after six years abroad worked for eighteen months in Kettering General Hospital mostly in the A. & E. Department.  During my career I attended Henley Business School and later obtained an Msc. in Public Service Management from the University of the South Bank and was a member of the E.U. Hospitals Committee for several years.   I retired as the Patient Services Director of Eastbourne Hospital Trust.

Whilst living in East Sussex I was a member of my local parish council for six years.

I maintained my links with Gretton as I regularly visited my mother until her death in 2010, I then decided to down-size so modernised the bungalow and thus returned to the village.

My hobbies are the usual ones of reading, gardening and walking the dogs.  I am also keen on photography and love travelling having visited some very interesting places such as crossing Lake Titicaca to Bolivia, seeing the magnificent Iguassu Falls in Brazil and watching the cormorant fishermen at work on the River Li in China.  I have also been down a salt mine in Poland and the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam, been through the Syrian desert to Palmyra and last year toured Myanmar.     

John Hindle - Parish Clerk