Your Councillors

Robert Boscott (Chairman) – This is my first year as Chairman of your Parish Council and I hope I can encourage more people in this wonderful village to get involved in the community. I am a Chartered Building Engineer and have a good understanding of Planning, Construction and Local Government. This was put to the test when our community successfully defended the Conservation Area Boundary changes.
I’m the Chairman of the Rothersthorpe Short Mat Bowls Club and enjoy a friendly game of bowls on Tuesday evenings at the village hall. Many of you will have seen me walking my two dogs Holly and Jess around the village and I’m pleased to say that I ‘scoop the poop’ off the pavement as I care about the quality of the village.
I have a keen interest in social history and I am proud to live in such a fascinating ancient settlement. Not many villages can boast having an ancient monument (The Berry Mount), a rare Saddleback Church Tower, Two Manor Houses, traces of the Jurassic Way and village enclosure ditch, a magnificent circular dovecote, the sunken medieval streets and properties near Poplars Farm, and the crash site of a WW2 Wellington Bomber. I am passionate about preserving and enhancing the special character of our village.
My three girls have now grown up and two have moved out of the village starting their own families. Most villages nowadays have become out of reach for young families and there is no easy solution.
Christy Nolan (Vice Chairman) – I have lived in the village since 2004 and enjoy life here very much.
I try to involve myself in village activities as much as possible, being the Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for the village and also the Treasurer for the WI, also playing skittles for the WI and being part of the bowls club as well as other activities within the village. I spent my working life in office based employment, firstly as a private secretary and for the last 21 years working for a Northampton based charity mainly in the accounts department. I am now retired.Like most people in the village I am keen to see the community spirit enhanced, I feel we need to move forward in our efforts to do more for our young people and also to bring various links i.e. Broadband, transport and amenities up to the 21st century.
Contact details: phone – 01604 831908 // mobile – 07760 114060 email – christyjoe90@gmail.com
Jodie Johnson – I have spent most of my life (35 years) living in Rothersthorpe, only moving away for a few years when I got married. When offered the opportunity to own a property here, especially as it was one with family history I jumped at the opportunity. A key reason for this was that I have always felt passionately about the community aspect of village life, and now see my role on the parish council as an opportunity to try and find out about the needs and interests of other villagers, in order to try and build on this. I am keen to involve myself in activities that already exist such as Ladies Skittles and attending the Propeller Café as well as helping to organise other events such as the New Year’s Eve party and village Diamond Jubilee celebrations. I have recently qualified as a Secondary PE teacher and I am looking to find full time employment.
Contact details: Phone- 07875 478976 email: jj281078@hotmail.com
Julie Botterill – I have lived in Rothersthorpe for 12 years. I feel honoured to have been voted twice to be a Parish Councillor. Most of you will know me as The Wild Flower Lady, initiating the planting of the wild flower borders along Banbury Lane. I take great pride living in our peaceful village, I played a big part in protecting the Conservation Area Boundary. As a Parish Councillor I believe in informing residents of village matters that villagers should be involved in. I have succeeded in getting a bench on the crossroads, it does take time. I am a freelance Hairdresser and my job one day a week is on the hospital wards doing patients hair at Northampton General Hospital. The rest of the week is my normal rounds. I feel we, as a Parish Council can work together for our village and I will happily take anyone’s queries and concerns to our meetings and put them forward.
Contact details: phone – 01604 830830
email – wildflowerlady@banburylane.plus.com
Harriet Griffith – I have been fortunate enough to live in Rothersthorpe all my life (25 years). The village holds a lot of history for my family, with my grandfather owning St. John’s Farm from 1982 (now more commonly known as St. John’s Close) and then my father taking over, and farming the local 160 acres.
I have always been involved with any events which the village has hosted, as well as being part of the local ladies skittles team for the last 10 years.
Unfortunately, I feel over the last couple of years, the ‘community spirit’ of the village seems to have depleted and the efforts of the same people, organising village events, are not being appreciated enough.
I wanted to apply to be on Rothersthorpe Parish Council, because I feel like I am old enough now, to understand the needs of a village and its people. I believe having a mix of age ranges on the council will be advantageous, allowing a wider spectrum of opinions on different topics.
I have been working as a full time accountant for the past 7 years, but I’m also looking forward to adding the responsibility of a Parish Councillor, to my daily routine.
I believe as a team, we can make a positive impact on the village, make it an enjoyable place for everyone to live and restore that ‘community spirit’, which I know we are more than capable of doing.
Contact details: email – harrietgriffith@aol.com
Janet Eliot – I have lived in Rothersthorpe for 39 years. I have recently retired after serving 20 years as a District Councillor for South Northants Council, I enjoyed being on the planning and development. I am pleased to be on the Parish Council as I have a vast knowledge and experience of council workings and I’m sure I can be an asset to our village. I have taught Home Economics all my life in London, South Africa and Northampton. I have been a lecturer at Croydon College in textiles and also a chief examiner.
Shayne Major- I am married with, now grown up daughters and grandchildren, all of whom live in the Northampton area. I am educated to master degree level (MBA), and am a keen Saints rugby fan. We have lived in Rothersthorpe for two years and my granddaughter attends the local school.
I am a local small business owner, operating from an industrial unit in Northampton manufacturing and supplying specialist equipment to the Construction and Civil engineering industries. I deal with government departments, usually related to roads and also construction & civil engineering companies and specialist contractors, mainly in the UK.
I am very conscious that a village is a community and in many respects needs looking after and am offering to do my bit to help by serving on the Parish Council. I am a “can do” sort of person, technically competent with good management & commercial skills & see a councillor’s role as helping to maintain, protect and where possible improve the village facilities and amenities for the benefit of all in the village.
Contact Details:Phone 01604 839105, mobile phone 07831567765 email – shayne.major@btinternet.com
Sarah Murphy Parish Clerk Contact via email – parishclerk@rothersthorpe.info

3 Responses to Your Councillors

  1. avatar Jodie Johnson says:

    Hi Geoffrey, The 2013/14 Accounts were only discussed at the April AGM meeting. They have now been typed up and forwarded to the editor of the website so will be on by the end of the week. Please contact me if you need anything explaining. Regards Jodie Johnson (Parish Councillor)

  2. avatar editor says:

    Geoffrey thanks for the interest. The reason for the delay is that the minutes need to be written following each meeting and then signed as accurate at the next meeting. Any further delay is incurred by me as I need to then fit their publication on the web site around my day job (which has kept me rather busy of late). An option to find out earlier would be to attend the parish council meetings to listen in which is always welcomed. I will endeavour to speed up the publication and Jodie (my wife and new councillor) will enquire with regard to the accounts.
    Any other questions please just ask and I’ll endeavour to get an answer for you.

  3. avatar Geoffrey Newton says:

    The delay in issuing Parish Council Minutes is too long. When will the Accounts for 2012/13 and 2013/14 be available?

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