Originally from Derbyshire and after living in Barnet, North London for many years we moved to Wimborne in 2005, drawn to the town for its attractive nature and friendly residents. The area’s beautiful countryside, fascinating geology and picturesque coastline did not go unnoticed and was significant in the decision to choose Wimborne.
Professionally, I spent many years as an advertising photographer and as a partner in a large photographic studio in central London. During that time I supported two or three universities as a visiting lecturer and as external assessor on their photography/design courses. I am a fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers and I continue my interest in photography – although now at a non-professional level.
In more recent years I qualified as a secondary school teacher and taught Engineering, Science and Product Design in a number of London schools before coming to Dorset to teach in Bournemouth. I now work part-time as a supply teacher.
Leisure interests include the maritime history of Poole and the links the Dorset area has with both royal and Civil War history. For several years I competed in county level athletics over 400 and 800 metres in the London area. My spare time is now spent sea kayaking along the Dorset coast and within Poole harbour and I occasionally have undertaken trips to the rivers of Dartmoor. I also coach new members with Poole Harbour Canoe club, both at their Poole base in Hamworthy and at the Wimborne Riverside club facility alongside Dreamboats landing stage.
I was drawn into council and community issues simply as an interested resident following a series of issues that arose in the area and was helped by our previous MP for North Dorset in taking our concerns to Westminster. These experiences encouraged me to stand in the local elections and I was elected to the Town Council in May 2017 as an ‘Independent’ and now serve on the Resources Committee and on the Planning and Environment Committee.
Councillor Mrs Carole Chedgy
It has been my privilege to live in Wimborne for over 24 years, and I have had associations with the town for far longer. It was always my hope to live here one day. I am a retired non-practising solicitor. Previously I was a partner in a law firm in Christchurch, where I worked as a litigation solicitor specialising in family law. This gave me valuable insight to, and experience in, running a business, and dealing with clients` financial affairs and their businesses. I now work in a limited part time capacity, so have time for other activities associated with the town and its residents.
Over the years I have served on various committees in the legal world, and was a volunteer solicitor for Citizens Advice Bureau. These experiences, together with my involvement in legal work over the years, mean I can understand the difficulties of those from all walks of life. I was also Secretary and Membership Secretary for Wimborne Rugby Club. Currently I am a Vice president and still contribute when I can. I have been a friend of The Tivoli since March 1999.
My involvement with the Council as a resident started in mid 2016. As a result I attended many meetings, hoped I could contribute, and decided to stand as a candidate in the bi-election of May 2017. I was elected and now serve on the Resources and the Planning and Environment Committees.
I love living in Wimborne and care deeply about our town and its future. Most days I am out and about in the town, often walking my dog. I enjoy the variety of events which take place in the town and participate as much as possible. Walking and gardening are my favourite past times.
I am not party political. I believe that the Town Councillors should serve the interests of the town, its residents, and future generations.
My wife and I have been residents of Wimborne Minster for over 20 years. We have a son and a daughter, who both attended local schools. Having previously worked for Barclays Bank for 34 years, I am now retired.
Since taking early retirement I have been able to take a greater interest in the Town and have been a member of the Wimborne in Bloom Committee for ten years, was its Secretary for six years and have been the Treasurer for the past three years. I am also a non-elected director of Wimborne BID, trustee for the Friends of Victoria Hospital, Wimborne, as well as the Walford Mill Education Trust. I was Chairman of the Town Council’s Resources Committee for four years and currently chair the Town Centre Liaison Group. I am also the Town Council’s Tree Warden.
Having no commercial interests in the town, I consider myself a ‘concerned resident’. Concerned that is, that Wimborne continues to merit its reputation as a wonderful place to live, work and visit and that its residents get fair value in the way of services received from the town, district and county councils for the relatively high level of council taxes we have to pay.
I am not party political and strongly believe that the local issues should be decided locally and that the people of Wimborne should have the biggest say in what happens to and in our town. I would be pleased to hear from Town Residents about issues that concern you.
Councillor Mrs Kelly Webb
I am married, have two children at school and have lived and worked in and around Wimborne Minster for many years, including 8 years at East Dorset District Council.
I have a background in Project and Programme Management which means I love a challenge, especially looking for efficiencies, so hope to add value and make a difference at the Town Council.
I was also a Financial Adviser right here in the High Street and went on to be a Bank branch manager for a while.
My most enjoyable position was as the Manager of Wimborne BID (Business Improvement District). As I worked closely with the business community, charities and other local organisations – including the Town Council, I became aware of how rewarding it is to get involved in your local community.
I helped to set up our very own Radio station – Radio Wimborne, where I now present several shows a week. This is a great opportunity to get the word out there about our fabulous town. See ‘The Town’ tab for more information.
Originally from South Manchester, which I left in 1966, my working life has been spent in banking based both in the UK and overseas. 30 years were with Barclays and the final 8 years with Chase Manhattan/JPMorgan all in a wide variety of roles.
Whilst in no ways an athlete I am a founder member of Wimborne Athletic Club and have been on the committee since 1984 – currently as Treasurer and Membership Secretary. Also I serve as Treasurer of Dorset County Athletics Association – a position I have held for 25 years.
My two adult sons and their families live in the Wimborne area and I am lucky enough to have three grandchildren.
I am also currently Chairman of Wimborne in Bloom and enjoy the support of a superb committee to provide funds for the floral display which adorn our lovely Town.
I have worked closely with WMTC and, more recently, the Wimborne BID to create an effective partnership for the benefit of all parties. I feel deeply about all aspects of our community and look forward to the challenges of being a Councillor and working with our residents.
Councillor Mrs Diann March
I moved to Witchampton, Dorset, in 1976 with my husband John who opened his Gun Shop in Wimborne Minster the following year and in 1980 we moved to live in the town centre. We have two grown up daughters, Sally and Gemma.
I was first elected as a Wimborne Minster Town Councillor in 1991 and have had the honour of being Town Mayor three times and Deputy Mayor twice.
I am presently Chairman of the Friends of East Dorset CAB, President of Wimborne Musical Theatre and a Committee Member of Wimborne Minster Chamber of Trade & Commerce having just completed my two year term as President. I also support various other local organisations, including Friends of SSAFA and the Royal British Legion.
This year I am raising funds to purchase further trees that will add height as well as softening the blandness of Wimborne Minster’s Square. Any extra monies could be used to acquire different seating and planters that are more in keeping with our town’s heritage.
Should there be any issue I can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact me.
A Town Councillor since 2003, Robin has been an active member of the community for many years. He has worked in Wimborne from 1978 until retirement in 2010 and lived in the town since 1987.
Robin has had the honour of being Town Mayor in 2006/07, 2008/09 and 2011/12.
He has been chairman and president of the Wimborne Minster & District Chamber of Trade, was responsible for designing the current Town Guide and also instrumental in updating the Christmas lighting scheme to the town. In addition to his Town Council responsibilities he represents Wimborne as a Dorset County Councillor and is an East Dorset District Councillor for the Stour Ward.
Married to Sue, also a Town Councillor, he has a son, 2 daughters, one who lives locally and the other in Michigan USA, and 4 grandchildren. His hobbies and interests include music and politics.
Born and brought up in Broadstone, Sue moved to Wimborne with her family 30 years ago. Her son attended both Wimborne First and Allenbourn, two excellent examples of our local schools.
She has spent her working life locally in both the private and public sectors, including many years with the NHS, and fourteen until her retirement in 2015 in local government. The experience gained in these areas has helped her to have a greater understanding of our community.
She is a Trusteee of the Priest’s House Museum, and also of the Collections Trust at the Museum.
She was first elected to Wimborne Minster Town Council in 2010 and was Town Mayor in 2016/17.
Sue is chairman of the Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community Steering Group and has encouraged the Town Council to become a Dementia Friendly Council.
Councillor Ms Carol Butter
I have lived in the Wimborne Minster and Colehill area for the past 25 years and just love the mix of countryside and town that the area offers.
My working life was in Banking and Finance where I had a varied career including Finance, Audit and latterly I was responsible for the implementation of a number of Financial Projects. I left Banking for a better work life balance and having downsized my work commitments, I now feel that the time is right to put something back into the community. I believe that I am well placed to do this given my background.
I decided to stand for Town Council when my area of Colehill West was moved into Wimborne Town following the boundary changes in 2015. I felt it important that the residents had someone who lives locally and understands the area to represent them.
In my spare time I love walking and generally enjoying the countryside. I am a keen volunteer with British Eventing and was privileged to be an official at the Equestrian event at the London 2012 Olympics.
Having lost my Mum in the early pat of 2014, I have an interest in the elderly, their support and care and in particular the dreadful condition of dementia. I am hoping that I can make a real difference to the lives of many in the community.
I would be pleased to hear from residents regarding issues that concern you.