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Milborne St Andrew Parish Council

Meet the Team

Council Members

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Jenny Balcon - Chairman   Jenny Balcon - Chairman

I have lived in Dorset since 1976, when we moved from Sussex to work for Hanford Farms.Although most of my youth I lived in a little town called Cuckfield I was born in London and only moved to Sussex when I was ten. l was educated and later worked for a short time in Haywards Heath before being transferred to the Inspection Department of the then Midland Bank.I was an active member of the Young Farmers and remember going to an annual conference in North Wales where I saw the final of the entertainment competition which was won by a small Dorset village called Cerne Abbas, little did I realise that some years later I would be living a few miles away from this beautiful village.  I have two children, Simon who lives and works in south east London mainly. But his acting profession takes him all over the country. My daughter lives much closer at Charlton Down with her husband, three children and the latest addition of two Jack Russell puppies.

   Sarah Fox - Vice Chairman

I have lived in Milborne St Andrew since September 2009, and I run the pub, The Royal Oak. My husband Andrew & I have been married for 16 years and have two children Lily 11, & Ronnie 7.  We have been running our own business for 11 years,  prior to that we were managers for several national pub companies & gained experience in numerous pubs around the country.  Although born in Salisbury my roots are in Dorchester and so it seemed the natural place for us to return to when our children came along.  We were drawn to Milborne St Andrew due to its wealth of amenities & since arriving have not been disappointed by the enthusiasm and commitment shown by villagers to local causes & events.

   Karen Park - Councillor

   Joy Robinson - Councillor

My husband and I moved into the village from south London in November 2013.  We had both retired from full-time work and as our daughter and four young grandchildren live in the village this was the ideal time and place.  I spent my working life in schools as a science laboratory technician and was a school governor for 30 years. I have always had an interest and therefore played an active part in my local community and indeed a concern for it, so I felt I wanted to continue this in my retirement.  Last year I acquired an allotment which keeps me busy and I am now a member of the committee. Earlier this year I was co-opted on to the Parish council and have recently started and become co-ordinator of, the registered Milborne St Andrew Home Watch.  I sincerely hope that eventually the majority of the village will sign up to this as it will help us all to keep ourselves safe and secure. I play Crib on Monday evenings in the winter with other villagers and I am a member of Charlie’s Acorns crib team, sponsored by the Royal Oak, in the South Dorset Crib League (SDCL).  I am now able to see and help with the grandchildren more often and I am finding life in the village is both rewarding and fulfilling.

   Simon Thompson - Councillor


   Colin Hampton - Clerk

   Jane Somper - NDDC Councillor (Abbey Ward)