Mick Gillespie - Chairman
3 Penfold Drive
Phone: 0116 278 1130
I married my wife Gill at St. Mary’s Church West Horsley
in Surrey in 1962 and we moved via Coventry and Hinckley to
Countesthorpe in 1973. We have three sons and one daughter
and now blessed with five grandsons, four granddaughters,
one step-grandson, and one step-granddaughter.
My career was largely with BT where I was firstly an engineer
then for many years on Technical Support with the last decade
or so in management. Ordained priest in the Church of England
in 1988 and served as a minister in secular employment until
I retired from BT in 2001. Still active within our local church
of St Andrews and St Bartholomew’s church in Foston.
I joined the Parish Council in 2004 and played a lead part
in the Parish Questionnaire of 2005. Now as chairman my main
role is to take on all the responsibilities a council chairman
has. This involves ensuring the Parish Council is run professionally
and efficiently and keeps the interests of the village in
the forefront of its actions. I also run the Parish Council
With Countesthorpe Parish Council having taken over the library
in Spring 2016 from Leicester County Council, I now chair
the Library Committee which oversees the running of the library
and the plans for its future.
I have an interest in most sports but my passion is football
where I support a team closer to my roots in Surrey.
Ball - Deputy Chairman
5 Laurel Drive
Phone: 0116 277 5253
I have lived in Countesthorpe since 1966. I am married and
have two children, a son and a daughter who were both educated
in Countesthorpe. I have three granddaughters and one grandson
who live in the county.
In 2002 I was elected chairman and again in 2010. I am presently
deputy chairman. I am still actively involved with the parish
council, being chairman of the Estates working party and a
member of the Library and chairman of the Police Liaison.
I am also involved in the Senior Citizens Luncheon Club within
the village and other local organisations.
Phone: 07960 189 698
I first came to the village in 1974. I am married with two
adult children, both educated in the village, and three grandchildren.
I was a teacher for most of my working life including some
happy time at Linden Junior School as it was then.
Now retired, I enjoy Tai Chi, gardening and bridge. I have
been involved in several voluntary activities over the years
and currently volunteer with Citizens Advice. I was also a
founding member of Countesthorpe U3A.
I'm hoping for a long and healthy retirement in Countesthorpe
and am honoured to be a member of the Parish Council. I want
to devote time and energy to helping to keep Countesthorpe
a pleasant and happy place to live, in particular in helping
to maintain the rural character of the village.
6 Laurel Drive
Phone: 0116 277 4705
I have lived in Countesthorpe since 1973 and have adult twin
daughters who have been educated at each of the local schools.
I worked for a bank for sixteen years before having the children
and then worked in education administration as Office Manager
at a local primary school for seventeen years until retirement
Over the years I have been Treasurer and Secretary for two
Ladies Evening Groups helping to set one up and also helped
to set up the Parents and Friends Group at my local school.
I set up and ran the school 100 Club for six years.
I first moved to Countesthorpe in 1972. Married to Michael,
we have two sons who both attended the village schools from
nursery to sixth form.
Having worked at a city secondary school I finally fully retired
from my educational management and consultancy roles in 2015.
Initially trained as an artist/designer I am, at last, finding
the time to develop my own artwork. I am currently a member
of the U3A committee and was an inaugural member of Active
Arts. I have a particular interest in culture and the Arts.
In retirement I am taking the opportunity to improve my bridge
game, to reconnect with old friends and to spend time with
my four lovely grandchildren.
I have lived in the village all my life and very much value
the benefits and quality of life Countesthorpe offers.
In 2003 I welcomed the opportunity and responsibility of
becoming a Parish Councillor and continue to enjoy the varied
challenges within this role.
9 Waterloo Crescent
Phone: 0116 278 3668
I was born in Wellingborough and have lived in Leicestershire
for the past 11 years, including the last 3 in Countesthorpe.
I was awarded the WB Everett Memorial Award for encouraging
Year 11 students to support Year 7 student when they joined
the school. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends
26 Marston Crescent
Phone: 0116 277 6064
I was born in Countesthorpe, and have spent my whole life
in the village, (a ‘Niffy’ girl through and through!)
I have been married to ‘Mick the Baker’, for eighteen
years and we have three beautiful daughters who attend all
of the village schools, just as Mick and I did.
Alongside my husband, we have run our bakery business, (Countesthorpe
Born and Bread and bred in every sense,) in the village for
twenty years, from where I am fortunate enough to have constant
contact with Parishioners from very young to the perhaps not
so young, along with a good share of wonderful ‘village
characters’! Working in the shop makes me very accessible
which I believe is crucial in connecting our council with
Being a member of the Parish Council enables me to listen
to what is said; good and bad, giving me the opportunity to
voice concerns, conveying at the same time the work that the
council tries to do for them, which as I have witnessed, Parishioners
do not believe is always the case.
I have always loved the village we have chosen to live in,
and have seen many changes over the years, some that have
been the benefit to us and some that haven’t. I welcome
the opportunity to contribute more actively in village life
and to make a difference where I can.
122 Station Road
Phone: 0116 277 4263
David Jennings is the longest serving member of Countesthorpe
Parish Council having been elected in May 1970. David also
represents Countesthorpe on Blaby District Council and Leicestershire
Born in Countesthorpe, he has lived here all his life. Married
to Joy for over 30 years, they have two grown up children.
Within an hour of being born the District Nurse was taking
David round the village to show him off because he was such
a pretty baby. To this day David claims that some things never
122 Station Road
Phone: 0116 277 4263
I have lived in Countesthorpe since marrying David in 1974,
and have 2 grown up children. Until my retirement I was
a teacher at Fleckney Primary School. In 2003 I returned
to the Parish Council after having previously served for
25 Rosebank Road
Phone: 0116 277 4368
Born in Liverpool, I married and moved to Leicester in 1981.
We have lived in Countesthorpe since 1988 and have seen
many changes in the village during this time. We moved to
Countesthorpe to enjoy the neighbouring countryside and
I am very keen to preserve our environment and green spaces.
I look forward to being an active member of the Parish Council
and becoming more involved with decisions relating to village
10 Iona Way
Phone: 0116 278 1017
Retired Electrical Engineer. Arrived in Countesthorpe from
Yorkshire in 1963. Would like to see more recreational facilities
for both the young folk and retired made available within
the village. Supporter of Rugby League football particularly
the Bradford Bulls.
6 Almond Close
Phone: 0116 277 5943
I have lived in Countesthorpe for 49 years. I am married
to Chris and we have one daughter.
My working life has been spent mostly in Local Government
and Leicestershire County Council Educational establishments.
This has included working at Oadby Urban District Council,
Leysland High School, Countesthorpe Nursery and for a long
period of time at Countesthorpe Parish Council as Deputy
During these years both at the Parish Council and in other
areas I have taken an active interest in village matters.
Currently I am a member of the Countesthorpe U3A and carry
out voluntary work as secretary to the Information Centre,
as well as working in the Rainbow shop. I have also been
actively interested in progressing the development of Countesthorpe
Country Park in conjunction with Blaby District Council.
In 2016 I was, although not a member, involved with the
Active Arts group in producing a small book and exhibition
relating to the life of Private W. Buckingham VC.
30 Fir Tree Avenue
Phone: 0116 278 1877
I was born in South Wigston. I served in the Armed Forces
and worked all my life in the machine tool industry.
We moved to Countesthorpe in 1968. We had
two sons who were educated in the village. Several years
after my wife died I married again to my wife Maureen in
I have always taken a keen interest in village
life and, being a photographer, I started to record the
changes within the village. This gives the opportunity to
show how Countesthorpe has changed over time.
I am part of Countesthorpe U3A and Countesthorpe
Heritage and would like to see more facilities for younger
people within the village. As Countesthorpe is a village
that has new developments it would be nice to see these
integrate into the thriving community to maintain a village
46 Wheatland Drive
Phone: 0116 277 5783
I have lived in the village since 1983 and have been a member
of the Parish Council since 1991. I was elected as Chairman
of the Parish Council in May 2008.
I am also Chair of the Governors at Greenfield
Primary School having been a Governor since my son attended
the school some years ago. I help to produce The Herald
and have recently joined the committee of the Cricket Club.
I am also a member of Blaby Lions Club who raise money for
After leaving school I worked for a bank for
25 years and am currently working with other schools' governing
bodies as their “Clerk to the Governors”. I
also work two days a week for Governorline, the national
telephone helpline for school governors.
In my spare time I enjoy playing golf (badly)
and enjoy watching the local cricket teams.
27 Gillam Butts
Phone: 0116 277 1015
I have lived in Countesthorpe since 1973, am married and
have two adults sons. I worked in Local Authority for 44
years and was a Registered Architect until resigning in
2012 following my retirement in late 2011. I worked for
both Leicester and Leicestershire and from 1990 to 2011
worked for Coventry City Council, my last position being
manager of their Building and Consultancy Services with
responsibilities for maintaining the council's building
stock together with providing services to schools that chose
to purchase our services.
I joined the Parish Council in 2015 and look
forward to working on behalf of the community.