Council Members

Parish Clerk

Karen Smith

(Click on name to email)

1 James Close, Elburton, Plymouth, PL9 8PX

The clerk is a part time role.  Karen works on Mondays and Wednesdays.  If you contact outside these hours, then unless urgent, Karen will respond on her next working day.

Parish Lengthsman

Parish lengthsmen were previously employed by SHDC with responsibility for keeping drains and bundle holes clear, removing mud from road surfaces etc.  These people have all been made redundant as a result of government cuts over recent years.  Staverton Parish Council does not have the budget to replace the lengthsman but it has committed funds for 80 hours of contract work over this financial year.  Our contractor’s details are currently being reviewed.

NameEmail / PhoneResponsibility
Wendy Warren (Vice Chair)Click to emailHome: 01803 762242
Mobile: 07962 189593
Chair of Planning Committee
Personnel Committee, Data Protection, Allotments, Landscove -
Noticeboard, Bus Shelter, Defibrillator
Ian Catherall
Click to email
Tel: 01803 762144
Finance, Highways, Lengthsman, Landscove Playground and
Landscove Benches
Wendy BloomerClick to email
Mobile: 07874227639
Currently unavailable
Bruce ThorogoodClick to email
Tel: 07974 678270
Parish Paths, Emergency Plan, Neighbourhood Plan, Riverside
Walk, Staverton Benches, Jt PC Rep Climate working group
Ed VidlerClick to emailTel: 07786 834595Personnel Committee, Finance, Leases/Deeds/Agreements, PC Rep on TRAYE
Riverford Organics Project Co-ordinator
Oliver WatsonClick to email
07870 594430
Vice Chair of Planning Committee
Staverton Playground, Tree Officer, Parish Paths (Support)
Phil NixonClick to email
01803 762502
Chair of the Court Room & Playing Field Committee, PC rep New
Community Facility working group, Finance, Jt PC Rep Climate
working group

Email addresses are not listed due to the problem of them being picked up by spammers.  But you can click on one of the links above to email a councillor via a web form.

Devon County Councillor

Jacqi Hodgson – Click to email – Tel: 01803 840526 / 07922 411266

South Hams District Councillor

Jacqi Hodgson – Click to email – Tel: 01803 840526 / 07922 411266

Introducing the team:

CP-IanCatherall Ian Catherall (Chair):  I have lived in Landscove with my wife Helen for 12 years.  We have two children and two dogs, which helps us keep actively engaged in local events and I even took a lead role in the Landscove Pantomime.  We run a small house building and renovation business, Cedar Tor Ltd, and are proud to say that we have worked extensively in both Landscove and Staverton.  I have been a Parish Councillor for one year, during which time I was actively involved in the sale of the Wildlife Area, both on behalf of the Parish Council, and the Staverton Wildlife Conservation Society.
 CP-WendyWarren Wendy Warren (Vice-Chair):  I am a full time GP, and have recently moved back to Devon.I have 3 almost grown up children.
I am actively involved in the community, being secretary of Landscove Village Hall committee and regularly help with community events.
I am passionate about community, the environment and preserving our beautiful area. I am in the process of restoring Pennywell Orchard using the planting plans of 1940’s.
I have been actively involved in health commissioning and one of my roles has been lead for patient and public involvement … I believe that as much as possible the people in the community should be involved in decision making and am used to finding ways to help this happen.
I will be in the kitchen at the next Landscove breakfast market if anyone would like to meet me.
Wendy Bloomer Wendy Bloomer:moved to the South Hams with my husband in 1979 and have lived in Staverton since 1991. I trained as a teacher and taught for 5 years in Birmingham, but have since done a wide variety of jobs. I retired in 2016 having worked for Devon Libraries for 25 years, both on the frontline in 4 different libraries and as a County Development Officer. This involved project planning, management and monitoring. I’ve enjoyed working as part of a team, but also managed projects alone. These included running an annual programme of health and wellbeing activities across the county and a Heritage Lottery Fund project at the Railway Studies Library in Newton Abbot.
CP-BruceThorogood Bruce Thorogood: I have lived in Staverton for 25 years. When we moved here from Dartmouth our sons were eleven and thirteen and I was running my own business. Now our sons are in their thirties and I am retired. I joined the Parish Council in 2015 after successfully leading the campaign to buy the Nature Reserve from the then Council. As a councillor I have instigated the development of the Neighbourhood Plan, put the Emergency Plan in place and have lead responsibility for footpaths, bridleways and byways in the parish and the Riverside Walk area. Staverton Parish is a wonderful place to live and I am very happy to be able to play a part in keeping it that way.
John Flaherty: I have lived in Landscove since 2015 and have taken an active part in parish activities such as the Landscove Pantomime, activities at Landscove Primary School, Landscove Victory Hall Committee and served as Chair of the Staverton Parish Neighbourhood Plan for a year. I am an active walker and cyclist and think by now I must know every road and footpath in the Parish. I am responsible for Highways on the Parish Council.
My background is in advertising and marketing and I still consult for a number of global companies.
Oliver Watson:  Born in the parish and lived here all my life except for university and periods abroad doing agricultural development work. Businesses; farming, food processing and retailing.  Married, two sons. Hobbies and interests …usual stuff!
Phil Nixon Phil Nixon: I retired from the Thames Valley to Staverton in May 2018, having run my own businesses for 35 years. As well as being a Parish Councillor I am also Chair of the Staverton Court Room & Playing Fields Management Committee and part of the neighbourhood emergency team.
Ed Vidler Ed Vidler: I retired from running a manufacturing plant in Lancs. in 1997, then moved to Totnes, running my own Consultancy business and as a Voluntary contribution Chaired the Totnes Development Trust for over 10 years. My wife and I then moved to Staverton four years ago with our horses and sundry other animals. Having trained as an Accountant I expect once Lockdown is complete to take on an appropriate range of tasks.

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