The role of a Parish Councillor is voluntary and provided without payment. It can be a very time consuming role but it enables a Councillor to be fully involved with local community matters.
Councillors are obliged to attend meetings when summoned. They prepare for the meetings by considering the agenda and any related documents. Participation and decision making are required during the meetings, as well as giving due consideration to the views of others as expressed during the meeting. A Councillor is obliged to take part in voting and to respect majority decisions of those present, to represent the electorate and to ensure the Council is properly and efficiently managed.
All Councillors must sign a formal declaration of acceptance of office upon election or co-option to the Council and are required to act within the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council. Councillors are required to make a declaration of interest about any disclosable pecuniary interest they have, which would potentially interfere with Council business (for details see here).
If you’re interested in being a Councillor please contact the Clerk for details.
Register of Interests
It is a legal requirement for Councillors to register any interests and for these to be available online. The redacted Register of Interests for each Councillor is available on their individual biography.
Office Opening Hours
The Parish Council Office is open to the public by arrangement. Our Clerk, works ten hours a week and you may find the best way to contact her is by phone or email. See our contact page.
The Register of Parish Council assets is available on application to the Council office.
Andy Alsop, Chairman
This area has been my home for 57 years, I attended the C of E primary school on the A38 before continuing on to Patchway High School. After my education, I became an electrical apprentice at ICI, enjoying 24 years there. Following this, I became an electrical Lighting designer until my retirement. Many residents will remember me, as a young lad working at Rod’s, the local greengrocer in Chelford Grove.
My father always wanted Stoke Lodge to break away from Patchway Town Council and I am very proud to have made his wish come true. It is very important to me that the Parish precept we all pay is spent in our Parish. I am a very strong supporter of the local kids’ clubs and the football team that utilise the Common Pavilion and sports field. As funds allow we will make improvements to the Parish of Stoke Lodge and the Common and make it something to be proud of.
I am delighted and extremely proud to have been elected Chairman.
Tracey Harrison-Ashe, Vice Chairman
I have been a resident of Stoke Lodge with my husband for 23 years; we owned a vehicle body repair company established over the last 40 years. Prior to that, I worked at Avon and Somerset Police and in corporate sales.
I believe in people before politics and actively campaigned for independence in the Parish; I now work to identify local issues to improve the future of the local community for generations to come.
My role as a parish councillor can be both rewarding and challenging. My ambition is to meet the needs and aspirations of the people in our community of Stoke Lodge and The Common.
I’ve lived in Stoke Lodge for 61 years. My parents and I came to Stoke Lodge in 1956. We were the first to move into the Stones Development. I remember cattle in the field with just a rope to hold them back!
In January 1968 I married Hazel and we moved into 21 Standish Avenue. Our daughters went to Stoke Lodge School. My main occupations was selling ladies’ wear to department stores and ladies’ fashion shops and also flour to bakeries and food manufacturers. We were both keen hockey and tennis players and played tennis at Almondsbury Tennis Club. I did 2 stints as chairman when we were upgrading the courts and lighting for a total of 10 years.
I became a parish councillor along with Andy Alsop and Brian Hopkinson to support the move for independence from Patchway and with the backing of our residents we had a great result. Thanks to you all.
Andy Dyer, Councillor
Originally from Surrey and Dorset, I’ve enjoyed living on The Common for over 20 years. My wife and I have brought up our two sons and a daughter, who are teaching English in school, studying physics as a PhD and managing a restaurant respectively.
I’m an engineer with Airbus at Filton, where I also mentor school children learning about aircraft design.
My interests are cycling, motorbikes, gardening and dog walking as well as appreciating and maintaining our green spaces.
I really enjoy talking with our local residents and am very keen to encourage all to engage with our Stoke Lodge & The Common Parish Council. By working together we can help maintain and improve the safe and pleasant place we live in.
Brenda Stokes, Councillor
As a Stoke Lodge Parish Councillor, I’m able to support its endeavours in serving the community. I moved to Stoke Lodge in 1961 when the area was still being developed, I watched it grow. My children were born and grew up here and went to local schools.
Having worked in the Education sector for a number of years I took up the post of Bursar at Patchway High (now Patchway Community College) in 1987, until I retired in 2004. My responsibilities included finance and budgets, building maintenance and property development.
I am an active member of the local Townswomen’s Guild. I have supported Stoke Lodge and The Common Neighbourhood Watch for a number of years.
John Blight, Councillor
Born in Cornwall, my working life began in Bristol at eighteen years of age. On my first workday, as a student engineer, little did I expect to meet my future wife, Anne, working at the same drawing office. Anne and I married five years later in 1960 and were blessed with four children during the 1960s. We also designed and built our own house during this period, ‘Trevaylor’, at Patchway Common, where we still happily reside some fifty years later, our children having presented us with nine grandchildren. My busy, interesting and very fulfilling working career came to an end when I chose to take retirement at the age of fifty-eight years.
Since retirement, I’ve drawn on all my professional working life experiences to contribute to the development and success of organisations that I helped found*. In particular the application of engineering, managerial and business skills.
*Patchway Festival(Committee, founding member, now retired), New Pavilion at The Common (Chair, Funding & Building Committee, disbanded), RegenSW (Founding member now retired), Embley Energy Ltd (Founding Director and Company Secretary.) and Stoke Lodge and The Common Parish Council (Elected to The Parish Council.)
This period in my life has been most interesting, challenging and enjoyable thanks in no small part to the many friends and colleagues engaged with me in these enterprises.
Hello, I’m Bryan, I worked for the Ambulance Service for 29 plus years, a career I found very enjoyable.
My hobbies are gardening and DIY. I like to go swimming about twice a week and when the weather is dry I go out on my Triumph motorcycle which has been my passion for many years. I’m delighted to be a Parish Councillor.
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