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SEATON: New parish councillor looks forward to role

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

LOOKING forward to playing an active role in village life: Councillor Leighton-Fry

LOOKING forward to playing an active role in village life: Councillor Leighton-Fry

NEW Beer parish councillor Matthew Leighton-Fry is looking forward to playing an active role in the life of the seaside village. Councillor Leighton-Fry was elected onto the council at their last meeting to fill the vacancy left by the decision of Martin Cox to stand down due to health reasons and can certainly bring some useful skills to his new role. “I actually worked for a local authority for 15 years with Corsham Town Council in Wiltshire so got a good understanding of how things work,” said Councillor Leighton-Fry. “I was in grounds and property so was working outside a lot and got to know a lot of local people and that is what I am hoping to do here. “I also worked for 15 years as a master baker in business with my wife so I think I have some useful skills to offer.” Councillor Leighton-Fry has a headstart as his wife Sarah’s father, George Hookings, was born and bred in Beer and is now back living in the village with the support of his family. There are clearly strong ties with the area and Councillor Leighton-Fry is looking to build upon that. “We could live our lives here and no-one we would know we were here but we made the decision that we want to get involved in the community and get to know people,” added Councillor Leighton-Fry. “I think it is important that if you live in small community to be part of that and I think it is nice to walk down the street and say ‘hello’ to people and talk to them. “I enjoyed that in Corsham and hopefully it will be the same here in Beer.” Councillor Leighton-Fry has already linked up with the Beer Horticultural Society and is fully behind chairwoman Ursula Makepeace’s campaign to win the top prize in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition. “We won three golds on the trot in Corsham so it would be great to help Beer win gold as well after silver last year,” said Councillor Leighton-Fry. “Ursula puts a lot of time and effort into making Beer look nice and she deserves it.”

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