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Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council
Meldon Reservoir, completed in 1972, supplies much of North Devon's water

The Parish Councillors

Chairman Mr Brian Wood
56 Summering Close
EX20 1FY
Tel: 07764 766925

I moved to Okehampton Hamlets with my wife on our retirement from the NHS, choosing to live in one of the most wonderful parts of England, which we have visited over a number of years. I was a Chartered Chemist by profession and had previously worked in the chemical, pharmaceutical and waste sectors. I served on Kent County Council as a Member for twelve years. During this time I also served on Kent Police Authority for nine years (five as vice chairman) and Kent and Medway Towns Fire Authority for ten years. .I was also a Dartford Borough Councillor for four years, as well as being a parish councillor in Harrietsham where I lived; I was also chair of Harrietsham in Bloom. I also served on two Kent school’s governing bodies being chair of governors of a primary school, which I assisted in getting out of Special Measures. For thirteen years I was a Trustee of Invicta Advocacy Network, mostly as chair, this organisation helped people with mental health issues. I was a founder member of the North Kent Domestic Violence Forum and deputy chair. I am chair of the Meldon Fields Residents Group.
I have a passion for environmental and sustainability issues and am a member of many wildlife and environmental organisations. I enjoy gardening and most of my spare time is spent landscaping my new garden to the East of Okehampton. I am an Arsenal season ticket holder and attend most home games I also follow Wasps and always enjoy attending any Premiership rugby game when time allows. I am also an active member of CAMRA and IAM.

Vice Chairman Mr Martin Littlejohns
Minehouse Farm
EX20 4LN
Tel: 01837 52625

I was born and bred in the Meldon area living on my parents farm with 5 brothers and sisters leaving school to come home and work on the family farm. On marrying Sarah I moved to Minehouse Farm still on the family farm and have 3 girls all of which have an interest in farming. My aim is to preserve the beautiful countryside we live in, in a sustainable manner for future prosperity for generations to come.

Councillor Maria Cooper
9 Fern Meadow
EX20 1PB
Tel: 01837 338355

I have lived and worked in the area all my life, living first at South Tawton then Okehampton Town, now for the last 10 years on the highest working farm on Dartmoor 3 miles out of the Town. After leaving Okehampton Comprehensive I joined Mole Avon and 30 years later I am still there! Working my way up from the shop floor to Manager.

We live in a beautiful part of the country and hopefully we can keep it like that. I enjoy the farming life and its people.

Councillor Mr Andy Ewen
Brightley Farm
EX20 1RP
Tel: 01837 54019

I moved with my family to Okehampton in 1965 to Brightley Farm where I now live. I played rugby for Okehampton for nearly 30 years and coached numerous junior teams until last year for a total of 18 years. With my wife I set up Okehampton Glass 21 years ago and am still running that business. I have 2 daughters and I belong to the Okehampton Rotary Club and sit as a Trustee on Okehampton Unitied Charities.

Councillor Mr John Heard
Hughslade Farm
EX20 4LR
Tel: 01837 54575

I am a beef and sheep farmer, brought up at Hughslade Farm where I still live today with my wife Sandra and two sons. I am a past chairman of Okehampton Young Farmers Club and also played for the local rugby club many years ago.
I am on the Okehampton Show and Meldon Village Hall committees. I am a keen horseman, training a few point to pointers on the farm.
Dartmoor and the surrounding area is a beautiful place to live and I hope I can help to keep it as such for everyone to enjoy.

Councillor Mr Philip Heard
Meldon Farm
EX20 4LU
Tel: 01837 52409

I am a beef and sheep farmer born and raised at Meldon Farm, Okehampton, married to Mandi a farmers daughter, who works as a barber in Okehampton, I have three sons who were all educated in Okehampton College.Meldon Farm lies on the edge of Dartmoor and I am an active grazier on Okehampton Common. I am involved with many local organisations:Chairman of Okehampton Commoners Association; Chairman of the 'Dartmoor Moorskills' apprenticeship scheme, a scheme set up to train young people in the traditional skills used on Dartmoor Farms;Chairman of the Dartmoor Farmers Discussion Group, a group of Dartmoor farmers who meet socially once a month through the winter; Committee member of Dartmoor Farmers Limited, a company set up to promote the sale of red meat from Dartmoor;I am on the Management committee of Okehampton Show; I am a qualified Rugby referee, and regularly referee junior matches at Okehampton Rugby Club; My interests are Rugby, Dartmoor and I am a keen horseman and always check the stock on Dartmoor with a horse.In 2008/9 I was fortunate to win the Farmers Weekly 'Beef Farmer of the Year Award'.

Councillor Mrs Ruth Maile
West Hook
EX20 1RL
Tel: 01837 52305 mob: 07769 819996

I have lived in the Hamlets on the family farm all my 58 years. My grandfather served on the old Okehampton Rural District Council now West Devon Borough Council and my late father served on the Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council. I was employed as a bank clerk for over 10 years, then after marriage went into the family farming and tourism business. I am a former Vice Chair of the Okehampton Primary School Governers, and am the current President of the Okehampton & District Young Farmers’ Club.

Councillor Mr Derek Webber
79 Exeter Road
EX20 1QF
Tel: 01837 52496

After 40 years working for the Prison Service as a Farm Manager and Area Manager looking after up to 40 establishments and their staff, I am now enjoying retirement in Okehampton.

I have served on a number of local committees and am currently Chair of Okehampton United Charity as well as the Parish Council. I have been involved in many local events including being President of Okehampton Show and Secretary of the Beating of the Bounds committee. During the past 4 years I have served on a number of Committees at the Dartmoor National Park including the Dartmoor Commoners Council.

Devon County Councillors:

Councillor Louis Samuell  (member for the Okehampton Rural Division)

West Devon Borough Councillors: 

Councillor Kevin Ball (member for Okehampton North)

Councillor Tony Leech (member for Okehampton North)

Councillor Rev Mike Davies (member for Okehampton North)

Councillor Mrs Julie Yelland (member for Okehampton South)

Councillor Paul Vachon (member for Okehampton South)