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Quorn Parish Councillors

David Cawdell
Chairman Quorn Parish Council

Having originally come to Quorn in 1964, I bought a house here with my wife Christine in 1969. We have a son Edward.

I was a member of St. Bartholomews PTA, and a Governor of Humphrey Perkins and Rawlins schools.

I have previously been a Parish Councillor at Quorn for 7 years. I am now retired from working as a Project Manager on Power, Water, Civil construction and Mechanical handling schemes in UK and abroad.

I am keenly interested in maintaining and improving the Quorn community facilities and infrastructure and avoiding where possible the erosion of green belt surrounding our village.

 Andrew Brown Andrew Brown

Andrew was originally trained as an industrial designer and spent his early career as an interior designer, including working on projects for Oxford University, Scottish Opera and Ampleforth College. Later he managed his own company designing and creating office interiors and has many years of contract management experience.

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.

Ken Brown

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Joanna Clarke

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 Liz Harrison Elizabeth Harrison

Elizabeth has lived in the village for 25 years and has been a member of the Parish Council for 7 years. She is married to a solicitor and has four grown-up children.

Her other interests include being the Chairman of Home-Start Charnwood, a national charity which helps families with young children under stress. She is also a member of the executive committee of the Charnwood Community Council and a member of the Welfare Trust. She has been a board member of a local housing association and is responsible for handling applications from people who wish to move into the local Abbeyfield House in Quorn.

Elizabeth represents the Council on the Police Consultative Committee and Dr Babington’s Charity. Her designated responsibilities under ‘The Plan for Quorn’ are environmental issues covering Crime, Flooding and Quarrying.

 Jane Hollingworth Jane Hollingworth

I have lived in Quorn all my life, our family going back several generations on my father's side. I went to St. Bartholomews School (now the old school building) 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 two years ago when I became ill with ME.

I designed and planted the War Memorial Garden and have maintained it for the past seventeen 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 Parish Council purchased Tom Long's Meadow and think its development will be a hugh benefit to wildlife within the village and a lovely peacefull spot to sit and listen to the birds and watch the wildlife.

I'm also interested is 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 entered our village into Britain in Bloom this year.

 Gary Hughes Gary Hughes

Gary has spent all of his working life in the film and television industry working in many places throughout the world as a film cameraman. Attracted by the Leicestershire countryside, he and his family moved to the local area thirty years ago to keep horses.

Throughout the ensuing years he has been involved in a great many local parish council initiatives within the surrounding villages. He became chairman of the combined action group for the Wolds villages against the building of three thousand houses on Wymeswold airfield “Stop the Blot” which proceeded all the way to a Public Enquiry before being finally rejected. Further experience was gained in Leicestershire County Council training schemes in the appreciation of quality design within the rural environment. These early initiatives proved to be a forerunner to the excellent Village Design Statements of today.

Quorn has always been a village held in the highest possible regard by Gary and his family, so the move into a house into Chaveney Walk in 1999 was an opportunity to gain residence in a village with so much to offer.

Previous experience, together with respect for the village and its history, has produced a desire to play an active role in Quorn Parish Council.

Main objectives being the maintenance of a strong community spirit, together with the preservation of this charming and historic village.

 Olwen Jones Olwen Jones
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Half my life has been spent in and around Quorn, and my husband, Tony, and I finally became residents four years ago when we downsized from Rothley as our two adult sons had left home.

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.

 Dennis Marchant Dennis Marchant

Dennis is originally from the New Forest and has moved around the UK working as an aircraft engineer and later as an Airworthiness Surveyor with responsibility for the issuance of Airworthiness Certificates and aircraft manufacturing and operating approvals. He worked at an international level developing aircraft maintenance requirements.

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.

 Roger Price Roger Price

Roger retired in 2017 after 43 years’ service in the NHS. He was a GP in Loughborough and spent an increasing time in training doctors across the East Midlands. He was appointed to several national bodies which managed the recruitment of trainee doctors and their supervisors, chairing the national recruitment body. He was heavily involved nationally with Quality Management of training and performance.

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.

 Carolyn Thornborow Carolyn Thornborow


I was born and raised in Dorset then came to Leicestershire to work in the pharmaceutical industry. I spent 10 years working for Fisons and then moved to 3M for another 20 years before going freelance. I now work from home trading as Quorn Consultancy. I have spent much of my working life travelling extensively across the UK, Europe and the USA.

I have lived in Quorn since 1992. I joined the Parish Council in 2017. Prior to that I was actively involved in the Neighbourhood Plan project. I wanted to support the project as I am a great believer in local democracy.

I am also involved with the Community Library (my husband, Philip, is a retired university librarian and we both love books). I very much look forward to seeing the Library develop and expand.

I am an active member of the local Methodist Church. I love going for walks in the countryside and spotting the wildlife.

For Borough and County Councillors, and MPs, see Local Representatives.

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