North Ward

Cllr Daniel James

Chair – Freshwater Parish Council

I have lived in Freshwater for about twenty years, having married in to a local family, and we have raised our son here. I am the director of a small software and embedded hardware company, working on audio and media products for a variety of international customers. Some years ago I organised a collection of bicycles for export to Africa at the old ambulance station in Queens Road, and have been an active community volunteer ever since.

Committees

  • Planning
  • Finance

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Brenda Hobbs

Born very young in Hertfordshire.

I am a widow with a son and a daughter and two grandchildren. I moved to Island with my husband in 1963 and have lived in Wellow, Ryde, Newport, and since 1975, Freshwater.

Freshwater Parish Councillor since 1987.  Philosophy being I live in the Parish, love the area, and therefore wish to be involved in all aspects affecting Freshwater.

Currently serve on Golden Hill and United Charities. West Wight Sports Centre supporter – swimming from Brambles onwards to the building of the West Wight Pool and involvement in development of the West Wight Sports Centre. Founder member of Friends of Freshwater Library. Founder member of the now closed Freshwater Community Initiative.

Committees

  • Planning
  • Finance
  • Memorial Hall Arts and Leisure Company
  • United Charities Trust
  • Golden Hill Park and Afton Marsh
  • Brookside Health Centre PPG
  • Gate Lane Toilets Working Group – Chair

Email   |   Register of Interests

South Ward

Cllr Anne Bamford

Studied at two colleges in London between 1971-1976. I became a teacher and taught English, drama and music in 11-18 secondary schools in London, Hertfordshire, Dudley and Stafford until moving to the Isle of Wight in June 1998. I worked in a couple of high schools before settling down at Lake Middle School, where I spent the last 11 years teaching KS3. With the closure of middle schools I took early retirement after teaching for 35 years.

With my interest in the local community I became a Freshwater Parish Councillor in May 2014. My interests are reading, music, theatre, films and pottering around in my garden.

Committees

  • Planning
  • Finance – Chair
  • Staffing – Chair
  • Allotments – Administrator
  • Boat Park
  • Library
  • Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners Advisers

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Carol Bray

I was born at Norton and have lived in Freshwater all my life, except for two short periods when I  was desperate to get back home. I lived all my childhood in the Red Lion Inn and attended All Saints Primary School and WWSM followed by a secretarial course at IW Technical College. Tony and I married in 1973 and have three children. I had twelve years as Secretary of the Memorial Hall and I then worked with Tony in our family business making furniture, until we retired.

I am very committed to our primary  school and I have been a governor there for three years. I want to see our local children be the best they can be. When not walking around the village you will find me bowling, as it is a great sport.

Committees

  • Planning
  • Land Management – Chair
  • Finance
  • Library
  • Gift to Nature

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George Cameron

I was born in South Africa in 1954. I worked as a telephone engineer until I came to live in England in June 1979. I lived in Kent and then West Sussex until I bought my first business in Cowes on the Island. I bought Rainbow fish & chip shop in May 1985 and have lived and worked in Freshwater since then. I am divorced and have four children and work as club secretary at Freshwater Conservative club at the moment. I have been a Parish Councillor since 2003 and was County Councillor for Totland 2005-2009 and County Councillor for Freshwater South 2009-2013. I enjoy working for the community and keep myself involved with local groups and organisations as much as I can. I am a workaholic therefore don’t have any hobbies as such but I do enjoy a game of snooker. I love the outdoors and my big interest is wildlife and their protection as this reminds me of my childhood.

Committees

  • Planning – Vice Chair
  • Finance
  • Memorial Hall Arts and Leisure Company
  • Staffing – Vice Chair
  • Isle of Wight Association of Local Councils (IWALC)
  • Freshwater, Yarmouth and Totland (FYT) Bus

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Natalie Thomas

I have lived on the island since 2013 and immediately fell in love with Freshwater, realising the Island was the perfect place to raise my beautiful young daughter. Up until Mid 2020, I worked in and around care, and I am experienced in a wide all types of care, from mental health to the Elderly.

I am an Ambassador for WAVE and the 70/30 campaign, which focuses primarily on prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences.  I am also now one of the Co-chairs the “Hearts of Ace” National Council of Lived Experience, which sees her interacting with other council members from across the United Kingdom.

Committees

  • Planning
  • Skate Park & Muga
  • Finance – Vice Chair

Register of Interests

Dr Brian Hinton MBE

I am a widely published author, from poetry to the Isle of Wight Rock Festivals to the 19C Freshwater Circle. I wrote the section on Culture in the newly published Isle of Wight Book and am executive chairman at Dimbola, having helped save the house from demolition.

My aims as a councillor are saving our local heritage, and enhancing facilities for local people.

Committees

  • Planning
  • Memorial Hall Arts & Leisure Company

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John Medland

Committees

  • Planning
  • Boat Park
  • Isle of Wight Association of Local Councils (IWALC)
  • West Wight Heritage Centre

Register of Interests

Tom Murphy

I was born and raised in the West Wight and am now once again resident in Freshwater Parish.

I am passionate about our local environment and am keen to help protect it and enhance it for future generations.  I have worked in the field of land management for over 20 years, mainly on the Isle of Wight, specialising in trees and woodlands.

I spend most of my spare time in the outdoors and enjoy surfing, mountain biking, walking and camping.

I am a keen advocate of growing food on a local level, particularly in public open spaces and have recently been involved in establishing the Coppins Community Food Forest in Newport.

Committees

  • Planning
  • Land Management – Vice Chair
  • Allotments – Chair
  • Community Resilience (inc. Yarmouth Sea Defences)
  • Gift to Nature

Email   |  Register of Interests

Jonathon Young

I’m proud to be able to trace my Island roots back to around 1700, and was brought up in Freshwater, attending All Saints Primary School. After a career in print journalism, mainly in Yorkshire, I’m now “back home” with my wife and dogs in retirement. I joined Freshwater Parish Council in early 2020, after spending several years on Niton and Whitwell PC.

I have an interest in planning matters, and campaigning to preserve the best aspects of the Island’s environment and way of life. I write occasionally for the County Press as an opinion columnist.

Committees

  • Planning – Chair
  • Brookside Health Centre – Patient Participation Group

Email   |  Register of Interests

Freshwater & Colwell Ward

Terry Dimmick

Vice Chair – Freshwater Parish Council

Committees

  • Planning
  • Finance
  • Gate Lane Toilets
  • Community Resilience (inc. Yarmouth Sea Defences)
  • Freshwater & Totland Memorial Bungalows
  • West Wight Councils Group

Email   |  Register of Interests

Mike Locke

Committees

  • Planning
  • Skate Park & MUGA
  • West Wight Sports & Community Centre

Email   |    Register of Interests

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