Councillors

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Andrew Stringer

Councillor for Mendlesham Ward

Andrew Stringer

The first ever elected Green Party District Councillor in Suffolk, Andrew was elected in the Mendlesham Ward back in 2003. 

He has been re-elected in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019 with a majority over all other parties.

Andrew has been a Suffolk County Councillor since 2009, and now leads a group of 12 Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent councillors.

Represents:

Mendlesham, Rishangles, Thorndon and Wetheringsett-cum-Brockford.

More information on Andrew Stringer

   

John Matthissen

Councillor for Onehouse Ward

John Matthissen

First elected to Mid Suffolk District Council in 2007.

Re-elected, with an overall majority of 55% of the vote in 2011, 56% in 2015 and 56% in 2019. 

Served as a member of the Planning Committee throughout this period, as a member of the former Environment Policy Panel several times, and, for four years, as Vice-Chair of the Scrutiny Committee. Also spells on Licensing and Audit committees.

Represents:

Combs, Great Finborough, Harleston, Little Finborough, Onehouse and Shelland.

More information on John Matthissen

Rachel Eburne

Councillor for Haughley, Stowupland & Wetherden Ward

Rachel Eburne

First elected to the District Council in a by-election in March 2010, since re-elected uncontested in 2011 and 2015, and then elected again in 2019 in a large majority. 

Rachel has a history of environmental campaigning.

Working on local committees supporting community initiatives, such as provision for wildlife areas, local footpaths - as well as many others.

Represents:

Gipping, Haughley, Old Newton with Dagworth, Stowupland, Wetherden

More information on Rachel Eburne

   

Keith Welham

Councillor for Haughley, Stowupland & Wetherden Ward

Keith Welham

First elected in 2015, representing Stowupland and Creeting St. Peter. In 2018 Keith was elected to Chair the Scrutiny Committee and is now in his second term in that role. He is also a member of the Suffolk Police and Crime Panel and the East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board.

Keith has been a Parish Councillor since 2002 and served several years as Chairman.

Among many other activities, he co-ordinates community events and has been a member of the working group which produced the Stowupland Neighbourhood Plan. He remains active locally as a Good Neighbour volunteer; a member of the group that produces Telstar, the village magazine; assisting with environmental projects at the local primary school and is a collector for Tools With A Mission, a charity which refurbishes a wide range of tools and transports them to Third World countries.

In 2019, Keith was re-elected with a large majority.

Represents:

Gipping, Haughley, Old Newton with Dagworth, Stowupland, Wetherden

Sarah Mansel

Councillor for Elmswell & Woolpit Ward

Sarah Mansel

Elected Green Party District Councillor for the Elmswell and Norton ward in 2011, supporting the three communities of Elmswell, Norton, and Tostock. Sarah was re-elected in 2015, and again in 2019 in the new Elmswell & Woolpit Ward.

Currently working as an instructor for Bikeability, the national programme or cycle training, and as an exam marker.

Represents:

Elmswell, Woolpit

More information on Sarah Mansel

   

Helen Geake

Councillor for Elmswell & Woolpit Ward

Helen Geake

Elected Green Party District Councillor for the Elmswell and Woolpit Ward in 2019, Helen is an experienced archaeologist, and has lived in Woolpit since 2002 and been a Parish Councillor since 2017. 

  • Lived in Woolpit since 2002
  • Works as an archaeologist, mainly from home
  • Three children who have all been to Woolpit Primary School
  • Parish councillor since 2017
  • Committee member fund-raising for new play equipment at the Village Hall field
  • Campaigning for the cycle path between Elmswell and Woolpit to finally be built

Represents:

Woolpit, Elmswell

 

Andrew Mellen

Councillor for Bacton

Andy Mellen

First elected Green Party District Councillor for the Bacton ward in 2019.

  • Local smallholder, farming land in Wyverstone, Bacton and Cotton.
  • Wyverstone Parish Councillor.
  • Founded the Wyverstone Community Café in 2009
  • Regular stallholder at the Cotton Community Circle Café Sells eggs, apple juice and other seasonal produce from his roadside stall on South View in Wyverstone
  • Churchwarden at St George's Church

Represents:

Bacton, Cotton, Finningham, Westhorpe, Wyverstone

   

Daniel Pratt

Councillor for Battisford & Ringshall

Dan Pratt

First elected Green Party District Councillor for the Battisford & Ringshall ward in 2019.

  • Brought up locally
  • Returned to Suffolk with a Doctorate in marine ecology
  • Lived in Offton for last 3 years
  • Now studying to be a teacher
  • Hobbies include walking and studying wildlife

Represents:

Barking, Battisford, Great Bricett, Offton, Ringshall, Willisham

Oliver Amorowson

Councillor for Chilton

Oli

First elected Green Party District Councillor for the Chilton ward in 2019.

  • Local resident of the Chilton estate, Stowmarket.
  • Husband and father of two young children.
  • Have volunteered time and skills to The Green Party and a sustainability charity.
  • +20-year career in design and communications.
  • Long time supporter of environmental and animal welfare issues.
  • Advocate of ethical and progressive economic policies.

Represents:

Chilton (Stowmarket)

   

Terence Carter

Councillor for Stow Thorney

Terence

First elected Green Party District Councillor for the Stow Thorney ward in 2019.

  • Four years past experience as an elected Town Councillor for Needham Market.
  • Focused on the Future: a parent governor of Acorns, Robins and Sunshine Children's Centres as well as a patron of Home-Start Suffolk and their children's activities based at the Red Gables on a Friday Morning.
  • Proud patron and member of Museum of East Anglian Life, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, League Against Cruel Sports, Amnesty International and the RSPB.

Represents:

Stow Thorney (Stowmarket)

Wendy Turner

Councillor for Thurston

Oli

First elected Green Party District Councillor for the Thurston ward in 2019.

  • Lived in East Anglia all her life, and the last twenty-three years in Thurston
  • Her two children grew up in the village and benefitted from the local schools and community activities that Thurston offered
  • Photographer by profession
  • Degree in Environmental Studies studying part time with the Open University

Represents:

Beyton, Norton, Stowlangtoft, Thurston, Tostock

   

Rowland Warboys

Councillor for Gislingham

Rowland

First elected Green Party District Councillor for the Gislingham ward in 2019.

  • Lived in Suffolk since 1980
  • Taught in Ipswich and then at Stowupland High School, finally retiring in 2012
  • Mellis has been home since 1988.
  • Founder member of Mellis Cricket Club
  • Parish Clerk for Thrandeston 5 years
  • Trustee for Mellis Memorial Hall
  • Working to put our communities on the route to a more sustainable and democratic future, not just for ourselves, but for generations stretching out into the future.

Represents:

Burgate, Gislingham, Mellis, Thornham Magna, Thornham Parva, Wickham Skeith, Wortham

 

Councillor group on Suffolk County Council

Town and Parish Councillors

Linda Baxter

Stowmarket Town Councillor for Chilton Ward North

Linda Baxter

 

   

Miles Row

Stowmarket Town Councillor for Combs Ford Ward

Miles Row

   

Oliver Amorowson

Stowmarket Town Councillor for Chilton Ward South

Oli

       

Terence Carter

Stowmarket Town Councillor for Stow Thorney Ward

Terence

                   

Meetings & Events

Next meeting Thursday 19th September 

Café 52. Stowmarket 

Refreshments from 7pm 

Speaker 8.15pm - Catherine Rowett MEP 

She will be visiting Stowmarket at the end of a busy session in Strasbourg.  She will be talking about what it is like to be an MEP, how we can work with Greens in Europe in the future and how we can cut through the Brexit mess and take some positive messages from the EU.  

All Green members and supporters are welcome.

 - Mid Suffolk meetings generally held at Cafe 52, Crowe Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1DL

7:30 PM

 - Meetings occasionally held in Woolpit, Eye, Walsham le Willows, Stowupland, Needham Market and other villages.

All Members and well-wishers welcome.

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