Parish Council Co-options

Geddington, Newton & Little Oakley Parish Council

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In the July meeting of the Parish Council, it was confirmed that two new Parish Councillors had been co-opted onto the Council.

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They are:

Nick Batchelor of West Street

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David Rushton of Wood Street.

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Each Councillor has kindly supplied a brief introduction for Geddington.net and these are set out below.

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Nick 2Nick Batchelor

I moved to the village with my wife, Jana and our children (plus rabbit and two chickens!), in March of this year, after many visits and getting to know the village history and, of course, some of the very friendly people. We moved from Reading to be nearer family members and to compliment a new role within my company.  Jana and I are both interested in history, property and the great outdoors, so there’s no better place to be, in our book!

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I am a devoted family man, with a strong belief in mutual respect and community values. It’s been great for myself and Jana to feel so welcomed, particularly at St Mary Magdalene’s Church, where our 2-year old son, Jake, is happy to participate noisily on Sunday mornings!

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After graduating in Law at university, I have worked in various senior management roles with operational, financial and business development responsibilities and have recently gained a postgraduate qualification in Business & Leadership. I hope to bring some of this experience to use on the Parish Council, being unrestrained by any political persuasion.

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Geddington is a  unique village with a great church, fine school, numerous clubs and things to do and overall bonded by a strong community spirit. I feel honoured to be allowed to contribute to preserving the historical and cultural spirit of the village, as well a representing the common interests of all its residents, new and old.

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David Rushton 2David Rushton

Over the past few years, I have developed a keen interest in politics at all levels. I decided to step forward and join the Students’ Union at Tresham College.

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The Students’ Union Executive Team consisted of a few dozen trustworthy students that had a passion to better the college.

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Each executive team member had special duties including:

Building links with other colleges

Interviewing staff (including the new Principle)

Attending Board of Studies meetings and

Promoting student voice (helping students raise issues about the college)

An example of the latter was where I managed to restore IrnBru back in the cafeteria the day after it had come to my attention that this popular drink was off the shelves.

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My efforts throughout the years were recognised and I was invited to an annual awards evening to receive a certificate demonstrating my hard work by making the collage a better place.

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Using these skills I learnt from the Union, I believe that I can help make a difference in Geddington and the surrounding villages, by dealing with local issues that impact on people’s lives, ranging from phone signals, potholes, dog mess and anything else that occurs in the meantime.

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The Parish Council has now got a full complement of members and the village is fortunate in having a Council with such diverse experience and skills.

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