Richard Camp (Chairman)
"My love affair with Bearsted started in 1998. 8 years later Suzanne, my son and I escaped London and moved to the village, attracted by the traditional feel, with its shops and open spaces that all can share and enjoy.
Like any parent my priorities are good schools, and safe spaces for children and adults to play or relax, and the sense of community engendered by events like the Classic car and the Music on the Green. I work in London in adult education, commuting each day by rail. Not surprisingly, transport links are also of interest."
Paul Young (Vice-Chairman)
"I have lived in Bearsted for 10 years, and am happily married with two daughters, who attend Roseacre Junior and Invicta Grammar schools. I work as an Account Manager for an IT outsourcing company managing investment and retail banking clients. My family and I love living in Bearsted and want to ensure all sections of the local community are represented by the Parish Council. I want to improve communications, monitor over-development and put in place a long term council plan that benefits the whole community for the future. In my spare time I enjoy running, football, cars, real ale, barbecues and watching my daughters grow up too quickly!"
"I’m committed to a parish which is good for families, good for business and good for living. As a resident and mum of primary school children, I relish being part of the local community. With 20 years senior management experience, I can contribute business, governance and relationship building skills along with a fresh approach to issues affecting us all. Like everyone else, I aspire to be fitter than I am."
"I have been a resident in Bearsted for 7 years and have loved participating in many of the events the village has to offer. I am married and have 2 daughters who both attend Thurnham School so am keen to represent the families in the village. I have worked in IT for 20 years and enjoy all things technical both in and out of work. "
I have served on the Parish Council since 1991 and during that time have been chair of the Council on 2 occasions from 2004 until 2008 and from 2012 until 2015. I have during my time chaired both the Environment Committee and the Finance and General Policy Committee.
My address is 14 Hampson Way, Bearsted ME14 4AP. tele. 01622 730151. E mail firstname.lastname@example.org
"I went to great lengths to choose where I moved to seven years ago and I'm delighted that Bearsted came up the winner. It is a wonderful village and I have made some very special friends here. I am a member of the Bearsted and Thurnham Club, the local Golf Club and Chairman of our Tennis Club. I have worked for a local glazing company for over 25 years, currently as Trade and Commercial Manager. I shall do all I can to keep our village the best it can be."
"I moved to Bearsted 2006. I loved being able to walk to Thurnham and then Roseacre Schools with my son as he grew up. Now he’s at secondary school I work as a portrait artist, from home. I have worked closely with the Parish Council as the designer of the plaque in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee, and the Parish also asked me to refurbish the village sign, the image of the cricketer Alfred Mynn. The sign at Roseacre is also my work. I want Bearsted to maintain its community feeling. A place where all who live within the parish boundary benefit from good local amenities, have good job opportunities and a vibrant community feeling."
"French born, I arrived in Bearsted 23 years ago, married Jon, had two children now 19 and 16. Having been brought up in a close knit community, I tried to give my children the same environment to grow up in, local nursery, local schools, local football club, tennis club, dancing at the WI Hall, meet friends, learn to ride a bike on the Green. To me, the Green is Bearsted’s heart and our community should always be encouraged to use it and look after it. I have seen many changes in that time and I feel the Parish Council should protect and develop our community. I would strive to facilitate this."
"Born in Kent, I have been a Bearsted resident for over 20 years. Married, with two children who were brought up in the village and are now at University. With over 35 years in the Marketing industry, I currently run my own business. I'm an active Bearsted Tennis club member and strongly care about the village and its community, which has played a major part of our life."
"I have lived in Bearsted for 25 years. Have married and raised 2 children here and have encountered problems that affect us all - including the lack of school places, planning issues, litter, traffic volumes and the state of our roads. I believe that a new group of Parish Councillors could help to address some of these issues."
Patricia Marshall MBE
Moved to Bearsted in 1965, first occupant on Madginford Estate
· Founder member with late husband of Madginford Residents Association
· Borough Councillor representing Bearsted as an Independent Councillor for over 20 years.
· Parish Councillor for over 40 years including 8 years as the first Lady Chairman.
· Founder member and current President of Madginford W.I.
· A leading campaigner for the provision of the community Hall at Madginford and currently Chairman of the Management Committee.
· Governor of Madginford Infant and Junior Schools for over 40 years
· President /Secretary and one of the key Organisers of the Bearsted & Thurnham Carnival and Fayre held annually since the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1979 raising thousands of pounds for charities and village amenities/organisations.
· Elected Mayor of Maidstone 2002 to 2003
· Awarded MBE for services to the community in 2006.
24 Madginford Rd, Bearsted ME 15 8LG Tel: 01622 738455
"I have lived in Bearsted for 12 years, love the village and am a committee member of the Bearsted & Thurnham Club. I have spent 20 years in the catering and hospitality industry and am a director of an events management company. I love cooking and am a keen sports enthusiast (watching nowadays rather than playing!)"
I wanted to join the council to assist with the great work done in the parish, I think it's a great opportunity to learn about the hard work that is put in by people for the benefit of the community.
I have lived in the Bearsted area since 2008, Hollingbourne prior to that, my wife has lived in Bearsted all her life.
I currently work as a Site Auditor/Quality control/ health & safety compliance Officer for Stobart Biomass, my job is about sourcing fuel for renewable energy outlets and keeping contractual obligations upheld on supplier and our own sites.
I am in the early stages of my Health and Safety career, but think long term I could be of value to the council.
I have previously worked, amongst others, in the chemical warehouse at Aesica Pharmaceuticals on the Isle of Sheppey for 7 years, this is where I initially became interested in health and safety.
Mike Revell (Conservative)
Mike Cuming (Conservative)
60 Madginford Road, Bearsted, Maidstone ME15 8LB
Valerie Springett (Conservative)
Cherrybank, Roundwell, Bearsted, Maidstone ME14 4HN
Paul Carter (Conservative)
Leader's Office, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ
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