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Beenham Parish Council

There are currently five parish councillors:

Alex Cother, Chairman

I am a company director, married with two sons, one at The Willink and the other at Aldermaston Primary, where I was a Parent Governor and latterly Chair of Governors. Having lived at The Wharf for 13 years, I have become concerned about our community and want to make a contribution to its general wellbeing. In my limited leisure time, I enjoy live music and anything mechanical.

Responsibilities: School Liaison, Community Room, Flood Liaison, Police & the Community, Digital, Wharf

Tel: 971 4697, E-mail: alex.cother@beenhamonline.org  

Philip Leijten

My wife Sarah and I moved to Beenham in 2008, moving here from the Netherlands. We have one daughter, a young dog and 3 (much older) cats. This is our first experience of village life and we love it. I commute to Thames Valley Park where I work for a company in the upstream oil and gas sector. Cycling, yes in Lycra, across the surrounding countryside keeps me fit. Particularly the hills. And so does playing soccer, skiing and walking Mara.
Responsibilities: Recreation Ground / Outdoor space

Tel: 971 4020

Jackie Johnson
I have lived happily in Beenham for over 20 years now. I am married and we have a very energetic dog and a rather lazy white cat. I also enjoy horse riding, especially when the weather is fine. My two grown up children both attended Theale Green school many years ago. I have now retired after years of working primarily in the IT sector.
Responsibilities: Parish Web Site, Finance

Tel: 07922 068646              

Graham Bowsher
I have lived and farmed in Beenham for over 50 years and have 2 children Kathryn and Andrew. We all live at the farm in Beenham, and also farm in various places over a 9 mile radius.  I have a particular interest in rural employment and integration of diversity into the rural economy. My hobbies are rare breed cattle breeding and conservation projects (barn owl breeding habitats in particular).
Responsibilities: Planning, Grundon Liaison

Tel: 971 3035
Glynis Harman
I was born in Beenham and went to school here, as did my 2 children, now grown up with children of their own. My husband Chris and myself have owned The Six Bells for nearly 13 years. I feel very lucky to live here in Beenham and enjoy being part of village life. During my limited spare time I enjoy gardening and walking in the local woods.
Responsibilities: Footpaths, Traffic

Tel: 971 3368


The Parish Council usually meets at 7:00pm on the first Monday of each month in the Community Room adjoining the school. Notice of the meetings appears on the Parish Council notice board outside the school, together with the minutes of the previous meeting and other relevant information. The first 15 minutes of each meeting are allocated to the public to allow them to raise any matters of concern. In addition to the monthly meetings there is the Annual Parish Assembly which takes place in April.

The Parish Council is responsible for many aspects of village life, including the provision of recreation facilities, reporting on the state of highways, footpaths and bridleways, commenting on planning applications and supporting parish initiatives, sometimes with grants.

The Clerk to the Parish Council is Lucy Rumens, 46 Maple Crescent, Newbury, RG14 1LR Tel. 01635 45487. For further information about the activities of the Parish Council or if you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Clerk, any member of the Parish Council or email info@beenhamonline.org

Dates of Meetings for 2017


9th January agenda
6th February agenda
6th March agenda
3rd April agenda
26th April – Annual Parish Assembly agenda
8th May – Annual and ordinary meeting
5th June
3rd July
31st July
11th September
2nd October
6th November
4th December

Minutes from the Parish Council Meetings

Minutes and other documents below are available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Clicking on one of the links will open the document in a new window. From there you can save or print the document if desired. Closing the window will return you to this page.

Notes from the Parish Council meeting on 3rd April are here

Draft minutes of the last six Parish Council meetings (For authorised minutes please look at the Parish notice boards or contact the Parish Clerk):

March 2017

February 2016

January 2016

December 2017

November 2016

October 2016

The Parish Council Budget for 2016/17 is here and the latest unaudited Year-To-Date figures are here

The year end accounts for 2015/16 have been audited and a summary is available here

Other Parish Council activities

The Chairman's report for 2016 Annual Parish Assembly, held on 20th April, can be found here

The District Councillor's report for 2016 Annual Parish Assembly, held on 20th April, can be found here

Minutes of the Annual Parish Assembly held on Wednesday 29 April 2015 were agreed at the 2016 Annual Parish Assembly and can be found here

The Parish has a Parish Plan which can be found on the Future of the Parish page. An update of the Action Plan is available here. During 2016 a number of working groups will be involved in a refresh of the Parish Plan Action Plan with a view to starting the implementation during 2017.

A member of the Parish Council attends a Beenham Liaison Group meeting chaired by Grundons for the purpose of discussing local activities that may be of interest to the parish.  The liaison meetings include a number of local residents and representatives from West Berkshire District council and they are held every four to six months.  The notes from the most recent meeting are here

Transparency Code for Beenham Parish Council
The following documents are available to view following the submission of an Annual Return by Beenham Parish Council:
Note: The documents are available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Clicking on one of the links will open the document in a new window or tab.
Annual Governance Statement for 2015/16
Accounting statement for 2015/16
Declaration of Status of Published Accounts for 2015/16
Notice for period of exercise of Public Rights
Internal Audit Report for 2015/16
Details of Public Land 2015/16
Regulations - including Standing Orders and Financial Regulations

District Council

West Berkshire Council is a unitary authority responsible for the full range of local authority services.
It was created in April 1998 when the former Newbury District Council took on responsibilities from
Berkshire County Council, which was abolished. West Berkshire Council has its main office at
Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD.
Tel: 01635 42400.
Web site: www.westberks.gov.uk

Keith Chopping is our West Berks district councillor.
Tel: 0118 983 2057
E-mail: kchopping@westberks.gov.uk,
Web site:www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10155


Member of Parliament

Our Member of Parliament is John Redwood (Conservative).
Constituency address: 30 Rose Street, Wokingham, Berks RG40 1XU
Tel: 0118 962 9501 Fax: 0118 962 9323
E-mail: redwoodj@parliament.uk
Web site: www.johnredwood.com

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