My husband Peter and I moved to Hooe on 19th April 1977 when our son Gareth was 5 days old and we have enjoyed living here and all the area has to offer since that date. I was elected as the Wealden District Councillor representing the Conservative Party in May 1999 and it has been a privilege to represent Ninfield and Hooe since then and also Wartling which was added to this ward when the boundary changed in 2003.  I am also a Ninfield Parish Councillor and a Hooe Parish Councillor. Peter is the Vice-Chairman of Hooe Parish Council.

Since 1999 I have served on the Housing and Planning Committees at Wealden and was a Cabinet Member from 2003 - 2012.  I was Deputy Leader and then Leader of the Council, held the Portfolio for Commissioning and Assets and am currently a member of the Community and Environment Scrutiny Committee.

I have been very lucky as my work has taken me across the country working with other local authorities.  This has given me the opportunity to compare how we are performing as a District Council and to learn from others.   I have taken every opportunity to meet with people holding positions of influence and lobby for what we believe is right for Wealden District and my own ward.  I have been able to meet and talk to
Eric Pickles,former Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government,  Grant Shapps,  and Charles Hendry, the former Wealden M.P.  I have regular meetings with our local M.P. Huw Merriman.

This can be a 24/7 full time job and I love it.  However I could not undertake the work without the support of Peter who willingly puts up with meals at odd times, evenings alone or a house full of people.  I regularly use him as a sounding board.  Our son, Gareth, married to Jess with a son, Humphrey  (Humph) and a daughter Persephone  (Persie) is also frequently asked for his opinion.  I am lucky indeed to have such a supportive family.



 

Dick Carey Cllr Brian Redman and Pam

Dick receiving Wealden District Council Chairman's Award for services to the Community from Cllr Brian Redman at Barnsgate on 19th June 2014 


  Pam welcomes Katy Bourne, Sussex Police Commisioner to Ninfield

Bexhill and Battle Conservative Association AGM March 2013

At that time:

Tony Freebody Deputy Chairman (Political)

Gaynor Gough Chairman

Pam Deputy Chairman (Membership & Fundraising) 

 Pam with Greg Barker MP and Otto admiring the Winning entry in the Best Group of Scarecrows at the Hooe Diamond Jubilee Celebrations


Pam at the Presentation of the £1000 from The Hooe Old Car Club to the new Hooe Youth Club 


 Pam with Greg Barker MP enjoying a pony and trap ride at  The Hooe Village Day 2011

Pam with Peter Jones, Leader of East Sussex County Council from 2001 - 2013

Having successfully completed the project to provide a safe walking route from the centre of Hooe to the Recreation Ground  we decided to hold a village event to celebrate the achievement.  A group of residents met with the Chairman of Wealden District Council on the Rec and officially opened the path by walking it.  The ribbon was cut by resident John O'Flaherty at the point the old and new footpaths were joined by the short new section and then everyone retired to the village hall for afternoon tea and enjoyed the village exhibition.

The Collection at Sainsbury's Bexhill over Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June 2014  raised £922.45 for Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice

Many thanks to all involved!


  Pam with Thelma Nance 

as they present a cheque for £2000.00 to Chestnut Tree Children's Hospice

 Humphrey's Grandmothers, Pam and Sarah being presented with their badges after completing the successful training on The British Heart Foundation's Hands-only CPR


The cheque for the £2025 raised by the ladies of the Christian Woman's Fellowship   

Pam with Louise Collins of                                               Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice         presenting the cheque for £2025                                         from the Christian Woman's Fellowship.

Pam with Roger Kent , the late Chairman of Ninfield Parish Council

Many happy memories of work and play with my late friend

 

Pam talking to Jeremy Dodge, Chairman of the new Hooe Youth Club and committee member          Richard Sheppard 


Pam on a visit to the Hailsham Offices during renovation works, having climbed outside to take a look at the newly installed solar panels

Back Left Mike Fleming with Councillors Claire Dowling, Roy Galley, Bob Standley and Pam



Pam with the District Commanders, E S Fire and Rescue Service, Mark Matthews on the left and Sussex Police, Dick Coates on the right, at a meeting of        The Safer Wealden Partnership

 

I was delighted to have nominated Jim Hoad for a Wealden Community Award for all he has done for Ninfield over the years.   Here he is with John Barnes, Chairman of ESCC, Roger Kent, our late Ninfield P.C. Chairman and me with his award.

We invited Charles Hendry, M.P. for Wealden, to speak at the Wealden Warm Front event which promoted ways of keeping warm in winter.  Here I am with Charles and Cllr Dick Angel who held the Housing Portfolio at that time.

One of the main concerns of local residents is speeding traffc through our villages and the growing number of heavy vehicles using our roads. In response to public concern we organised a Petiton which was signed by 630 residents. Peter, Vice Chairman of Hooe P.C. and I went to Lewes to present it to the Chairman of the County Council and we were met by our two County Councillors, Bill Bentley and Roger Thomas.

I have made many a cup of tea in the Hooe Village Hall over the years! It is a good meeting place to hear News Views (and gossip!)  Roger Thomas and I have just completed the footpath opening walk and are enjoying well earned refreshment.

Humphrey

in the house that his Granddad built!

 

It didn't take long before Humphrey was able to help Grandma out with an electronic communication problem

 

 Even with acute bronchitus Humphrey still gets excited at the prospect of a milk chocolate button

Aged 8 months

 Humphrey Arthur Edward

5th August 2012


With Peter and Gareth

The three of us with Andy, the Best Man.

Gareth and Jess on their wedding day

July 2009

Gareth and Jess on their engagement

July 2008