Countesthorpe Parish Councillors


 Rev. Mick Gillespie Rev. 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 website.

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.

 Vicky Armstrong Vicky Armstrong

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.

 Julie Bradman Julie Bradman
26 Mill Field Avenue

Phone: 0116 278 9676

I was born in Blaby and moved to Countesthorpe in 2012, having lived in a few other South Leicestershire villages prior to that. I am married with three children and two step-children.

After leaving Countesthorpe College at 16 I went on to enjoy a career in the Energy Industry, taking early retirement a few years ago from my role as a Learning and Development Consultant with Eon Energy.

In 2010, my husband and I set up a charity called Edgar’s Gift, in honour of my son Ben. I am currently the Chairperson and Gift Coordinator. The charity supports young adults who have a cancer diagnosis by offering gifts, special days out or time away from the pressures of treatment, at our holiday home in Mablethorpe.

Since moving to Countesthorpe I have enjoyed wonderful walks in the country park and beyond with my Cockerpoo and my husband of course. I’m truly looking forward to working on the parish council and contributing to decisions and challenges in support of this wonderful village.

 Sherry Burditt Sherry Burditt

Phone: 07712 660712

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.

 Adrian Clifford Adrian Clifford

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.

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 Elisabeth Garratt Elisabeth Garratt
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 its community.

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.

 Joy Jennings Joy Jennings
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 8 years.

 Sue Kinvig Sue Kinvig
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 matters.

 Penny Mount Penny Mount
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 Clerk.

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.

 Gyles Surman Gyles Surman
3 Bute Way

Phone: 0116 319 4659

I am born and bred in Countesthorpe, and have worked on local farms since leaving school. After living outside of the village for a while, I have resettled here now with my other half, Jess. I'm a father of three girls, and stepfather to two, all of which have been educated in the village schools.

I enjoy watching the Leicester Tigers play rugby, running both full and half marathons, and have recently taken up trail running to enjoy more of the surrounding countryside.

I am newly appointed to the Parish Council and am looking forward to taking an active role in my duties.

 John Thacker John Thacker
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 1993.

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 life.

 Steve Turner Steve Turner

Phone: 07811 620 375

II have lived in Countesthorpe since 1996. It has expanded and evolved since then and by being a member of the parish council I wish to contribute to our local community in a positive way.

 Martin Smith Martin Smith
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 charity.

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.

Teresa Warburton

I have lived in Countesthorpe since 2014. As a working mother, community and well-being are close to my heart. I look forward to being an active member of the Parish Council to help us achieve our goals for the local community and visitors.

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