The Council May 2021
Cllr John Alwyn Hughes -Chairman
Cllr Phil Barnett - Vice Chairman
I have worked in various aspects of water treatment most of my working life, both as a chemist and chemical engineer. I am now a volunteer driver with Dial-A-Ride/ Community Cars in Oswestry.
Cllr Sue Barnett
I was born and bred in Warrington and met my husband Phil in a lab. We have lived in Cheshire, South Wales, the Middle East, Berkshire, and now lovely Shropshire. Parish Council meetings are very interesting, everyone should come along to see for themselves!
Cllr Angela Bright
Cllr Sheila Haskell
I was born in, and lived in Oswestry and moved to Weston Rhyn 28 years ago. I have three children and want to enrich the village for the young and elderly alike.
Cllr Paul Herbert
I was born and raised in the parish, went to Weston Rhyn school and live in Bronygarth. I love the place and would like to try to help make it even better so decided to get involved with the Parish Council. Having worked in local government (Environmental Health at Wrexham Council) for many years I've gained a good understanding of what can be achieved to improve local facilities and the environment and have the energy and determination to speak up for our communities. I'm involved with Bronygarth Social Committee and enjoy fitting cycling, jogging, music festivals, film, comedy & organic gardening around a busy family life with Emma and the kids.
Cllr Alison Layland
I have lived in the parish since 2016. A writer and translator, I have lived in village communities in various places around the UK, and have enjoyed getting involved in local life and organisations wherever I have lived, including fundraising to provide playground equipment and organising local events. I want to use my experience to help improve the facilities in Weston Rhyn, and am especially keen to nurture the environment and ensure the sustainability of our parish for the benefit of all who live here as well as future generations. I volunteer for a couple of local organisations and am currently editor of The Wren, our free parish magazine.
Cllr Pam Manley
I have lived in the village for 32 years, was a parish councillor for 2 years in the early 1990s before returning to full time employment in the building industry as administration clerk, then as Health and Safety Officer and CDM compliance officer until retirement ten years ago. I have a wide range of local knowledge, and an interest in safety, environment and wildlife protection.
Cllr John Mattocks
Cllr Maggie Rowlands
I have lived in Chirk Bank since 1996 and became a parish councillor in 2011/12 after retiring early from being Shropshire Council’s Community Regeneration Officer for our Three Parishes area. As a councillor I am most involved in community support and with planning within our parish. I am a member of the Three Parishes Big Local partnership https://big-local.org/ and active with Old Oswestry Hillfort groups. I sit on the Steering Group for the Community Led Housing project in Aspen Grange. I have degrees in Geology and Heritage management. My hobbies and interests include canals, sailing, wildlife, the environment and archaeology and I am desperately trying to find time to return to my first love, palaeontology. However I hate unfairness so continue to be drawn to working to make our parish a better place for us all.
Cllr Polly Smith
Cllr Luke Syrett
I have lived in Weston Rhyn all my life and believe I can offer a lot of innovative ideas to the community. I want to create a more community-based village and take advantage of promoting local history to people. Being a student and young myself, I would like to see more opportunities for the young in Weston Rhyn to meet up with their peers and socialise through more youth facilities and for them to use improved playground equipment. I’m a bowling club member and enjoy playing at Weston Rhyn bowling club, I enjoy walking, swimming, reading about history and visiting historical sites and events and listening to music.
Cllr James Wallace
I have lived in Weston Rhyn for over 8 years and care very much about the future of the Parish. With over 34 years in industry and 9 years working with children in care, I have seen both private and social elements of society. I will put that experience to good use for the people of Weston Rhyn Parish.
Clerk to the Council