Tony Perry – Chair
I first moved to Marhamchurch when I purchased The Bullers Arms in March 1994. My family had been farming in Cornwall since 1948, I went to Whitstone CP school and then on to Launceston college. When the Bullers Arms came on the market it seemed an opportunity too good to miss, so my brother and I bought it. I had many happy years there and always made sure that the pub remained at the heart of the village. When we sold the business in 2006, I knew there was nowhere else that I would want to live and have been living in the village for 28 years.
I have been a Parish Councillor for about 12 years now, and currently sit as Vice-Chairman. I enjoy the many and varied interests that come with the position. I am portfolio holder for the Parish Council Cemetery, along with Planning and the Memorial Garden. You'll often see me keeping the Cemetery and Playpark in order.
To be able to carry on serving the village, as I did when I was at The Bullers, is truly a privilege and one I hope to continue to do so for many years to come.
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Tim Edwards - Vice-Chair
Born and bred in the county, I have lived in Marhamchurch for over 20 years. I am currently responsible for exploring planning applications and to make recommendations to the full council. I also carry out the quarterly internal audits in conjunction with the parish clerk.
I’m an honest, fair and open councillor with no political affiliation and try to examine all parish council matters to achieve the best outcome for the parish.
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I have lived in Marhamchurch for over 20 years and have been on the parish council since 2019. I am very passionate about the parish we live in and during my time here I was a governor at the village school for many years. I was a committee member of the Bray Village Hall for over ten years since we took over responsibility for it; being responsible for fundraising events such as the monthly Big Breakfast, Farmers Market, Bingo Nights, and the Annual Race Night, which helped ensure the hall was able to be upgraded to be the wonderful village asset that it is now. I am a volunteer in the village shop and you can find me in there on Wednesday afternoons.
I joined the parish council because I wanted to help in the action to stop Bude-Stratton Town Council’s bid to take over our parish, which we did successfully, ensuring that we continue to have a say in matters that affect us and our parish. As a parish councillor, my roles of responsibility include the defibrillator, website accessibility and finance. I was heavily involved in the Parish Covid Support Network and continue to be involved in the Neighbourhood Development Plan Group.
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Having lived in Marhamchurch Parish for nearly 30 years, I was honoured and proud to lead the campaign of opposition to the Bude-Stratton proposal to take over the parish in 2019. The campaign centred around highlighting our unique history and heritage. Leading the team who organised the parish council's much praised Armistice Centenary Commemoration event is another highlight of my time as a parish councillor.
While I passionately fought for Marhamchurch to be represented by our own parish council, I recognise the importance of working with neighbouring parishes to secure best outcomes on issues like delivery of health services. I now sit on Bude-Stratton Town Council, as well as Poundstock Parish Council, where I am the current vice-chair.
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I have lived, started up a business, worked and brought up a family in Marhamchurch Parish over the last 37 years, during which time I have seen many changes as the parish population grows, and the parish changes to meet their needs. I became chairman of Marhamchurch Playgroup 32 years ago and negotiated its independent charitable status. I have taken part in the Revel for several years and am part of the Neighbourhood Development Plan team whose research has shown a need for clear direction as our village grows and adapts.
I studied agriculture and currently run my own local business which I began 21 years ago and employs two local people. I have also worked as a classroom assistant at Budehaven Community school and for Devon Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (rural youthwork). I became a parish councillor in September 2020, as I feel strongly that it is important to manage change to the advantage of our parish and our parishioners. I shall use my varied experience to work to the best of my ability to ensure Marhamchurch continues to adapt to the needs of a young vibrant community, whilst enhancing the rural characteristics that our location offers to everyone who is lucky enough to live here.
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I have lived in Marhamchurch and worked in the surrounding area for 29 years. I have been a parish councillor for
seven years and during that time I have been involved in many different projects. I was a governor at Marhamchurch Primary School for seven years whilst my children attended, and I was one of the original committee members of the playpark. I am currently on the shop committee, co-ordinating the volunteers' rota, and I work in the shop on Thursday mornings.
As a parish councillor, I am currently responsible for footpaths, the canal and the cemetery. I love living in Marhamchurch and I am particularly fond of the outdoors. I love meeting and helping people and will happily turn my hand to anything from church flowers, to helping at the Revel and supporting the many village clubs. I am always happy to listen to parishioners to ensure Marhamchurch remains the wonderful community it is.
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