Friday 24th May 2019
Quorn Parish Councillors
Throughout his life he has been involved as a volunteer, trustee and chairman with many charities, mainly in the areas of green and built environmental conservation and volunteering. He chaired the Conservation Volunteers (turnover £25m) and is presently a trustee of Butterfly Conservation. He lobbied in Parliament for the 2005 Charities Act and worked as a consultant grant assessor for the Big Lottery. He has extensive knowledge of governance and has written and lectured on its application.
As a Councillor for Quorn he takes a particular interest in the green environment and also the quality of the buildings and public spaces of the village. He chairs the Quorn Old School charity and serves on the Parish Council's Old School Committee. He also chairs the Parish Council's Environment Committee and serves on the Human Resources, Finance and Neighbourhood Plan Committees. He works as a volunteer with Quorn in Bloom and led the project to place a large rock at the entrance to Church View Garden.
He is presently leading the Parish Council's project to create a BMX cycle track.
I have lived in Quorn all my life, our family going back several generations on my fathers side. I went to St. Bartholomew's School (now the old School Community Building, Tea Shop and Library) and later Rawlins. I am married to Bill and have two grown up children - Mark and Aimee. My faith in God is the driving force in my life. I was an active member of Quorn Baptist Church and was a play group leader there, a job I greatly enjoyed until twenty six years ago when I became ill with ME.
I designed and planted the War Memorial Garden and have maintained it for the past twenty one years. I was also approached by the Parish Council and asked to give a planting plan, source the plants and oversee the planting of the Sensory Garden on the Stafford Orchard which I also looked after for three years.
My father Peter Gamble is a very keen naturalist and it would be hard growing up with a father so devoted to nature conservation without being interested in it yourself so my main interests on the council are conserving the small amount of green spaces we have left within the village. I'm very pleased that the PC bought Tom Long's Meadow and think its development will be a huge benefit to wildlife within the village and a lovely peaceful spot to sit and listen to the birds and watch the wildlife.
I'm also interested in maximising the beauty of the cultivated areas within the village to make them beautiful to look at and also good for wildlife, the two are not mutually exclusive.
I'm Chairman of Quorn in Bloom and with support from the Parish Council the efforts of the Bloom group and other voluntary groups around the village have resulted in Quorn being awarded Silver gilt and Gold awards as part of the East Midlands in Bloom over the last few years.
We have cleared and developed and named Church View Garden as an area to be attractive to wildlife and for villagers to enjoy, we have also made an attractive bed on the central reservation on the Loughborough Road entrance and are in the process of trying to improve the area under the trees near the Station Road car park.
Volunteering in different roles started during my schooldays in Kent: youth volunteer, Rotaract, NCT, PTA, Scouts, youth club, and latterly a Parish Councillor for 12 years in Rothley. My professional background includes marketing and project management in both the corporate and public sectors.
The threatened closure of village libraries presents a new challenge and a chance to use acquired skills to retain and develop a key village amenity. Establishing a community managed library run by volunteers will dovetail with a number of aspects of life in Quorn, so I see my place on the Parish Council as a way to enhance further the strong community spirit that already exists in the village.
Managing our portfolio of rental properties, playing tennis and supporting Leicester Tigers also compete in unequal measure for my time.
In 1991 my job managing all the civil engineering structures on, the then, New British Gas Research Facility in Loughborough brought the family North to set up home in Quorn. Since then we have lived in the village, with me mostly weekly commuting up to Manchester or down to the London area for work. I must admit, at the time, I was expecting to work from home for more than just two years; however it was not to be. Being a contractor, you are always working yourself out of a job and then moving onto the next. Being employed by the same major contracting firm from 1968 until semi-retirement in December 2016 came as somewhat of a surprise to me; especially as during that time Anne & I had set up home in 6 countries, with me working in 9 count ries over almost 21 years.
Working with Dennis Marchant and others from Quorn within the Housing Group of the Quorn Neighbourhood Plan got me thinking about becoming more involved and assisting the village by standing as a Councillor. My technical expertise to date is as a professional civil engineer on several small and large projects. The last of which was as the contractor design manager of London Bridge Railway Station.
Following a posting to East Midlands Airport in 1991, Dennis and his family selected Quorn as the village that they wanted to take up residence in and have remained.
His experience of village life has engendered a realisation of the importance of maintaining a strong community spirit as the village modernises and develops, together with the need to preserve the charm and history of the village.
Dennis continues to develop his interest in local government by regularly attending seminars and training sessions. He is also a nonvoting Parish Council representative of the Charnwood Borough Council Members Conduct Committee. He firmly believes in the guiding principles and good governance associated with public service as a Parish Councillor and his work on the Councils Neighbourhood Plan has strengthened his believe that the best way to achieve results is by close cooperation with the electorate.
He has lived in Quorn since 2007, having known it well since about 1977. He is a country boy from the Welsh borders and is determined that his retirement will include time supporting and preserving a village community, particularly working to maintain its independence from other settlements.
Roger joined Quorn Parish Council in 2016 and has quickly become aware of the challenges faced by both the village and its Council. He firmly believes that the best way to achieve what is necessary and desirable is by close cooperation between the electorate and the Council. He hopes to continue promoting the highest standards expected of a Council and encourages others of a like mind to share this ambition.
But the majority of his time will be spent enjoying life with his wife and his family, now scattered around the UK, and including several grandchildren.
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