These are the current members of Poynings Parish Council following the election on Thursday 12th May 2015.
With election Notes (2015):
I have lived in Poynings for ten years with my life Christine. I believe that energy reduction is important to sustainable living. Our home now has extra insulation, solar thermal heating and solar PV electricity. I served as a police officer in Sussex for over 30 years and currently work part-time with young offenders for the Ministry of Justice. I organise the Poynings Races and have held the title of Poynings fastest Man. I enjoy hill walking and living close to the Southdowns. I have always found time to work in the community including time with St John Ambulance and the Scout Association. I’ve set up film shows and talks on Poynings and enjoy being involved in the community. I was co-opted to the current Parish Council. I am committed to doing my best for the village and would like to continue with the newly elected council.
Poynings for 40 years, Parish Councillor for 18 years, Vice Chair for 8 years. I should like to help guide the Parish Council and the village through a period of change. The Parish Council needs greater transparency and clearer guide lines for both councillors and parishioners. Through listening to villagers over the years, I have been inspired to organise many social events and projects as well as gathering and acting on local opinion re planning issues etc. Ten years ago I initiated “The Parish Plan” which was based on a village questionnaire and for seventeen years have edited a biannual newsletter that many contribute to. At present I run the “Sloe Gin Night”, Garden Competition”, “End of Summer Party” and “Bonfire Procession”. I care passionately about the natural environment and perform a “Wild life puppet show” as a children’s entertainer. More recently I have enjoyed consulting with people from neighbouring villages and the National Park.
I have been lucky enough to live in Poynings since I was born, 54 years ago!! Through this time I have been able to get involved in the village in many ways, through playing and founding the infamous Dynamo Poynings FC and played for Poynings Cricket Club for 40 years! I have been a school governor at Albourne Primary School for the past 17 years and Chair for the past 10 years. A number of our village children attend this school and I am very passionate about supporting the education of our local children.
I care passionately about remembering the past, looking after the present and ensuring there is a sensible future for Poynings. Which is what I want to bring to the Parish Council if I am elected.
Jan Nichols (Co-Opted 2017)
I have lived in Poynings for over 30 years therefore have the perspective to appreciate and understand the issues and challenges facing the village. If I am elected would represent all parishioners but particularly those in the Northern part of the village – the part outside the Conservation area which contains many of the village facilities/amenities including the old school/village hall, the recreation ground, the cricket ground and the allotments. I have recently retired so have the time and energy to devote to local matters. I have a working background in finance and personnel for a Sussex based charity so have practical skills and knowledge to bring to the Parish Council. I recognise that places like Poynings need to adapt and change otherwise they will stagnate. However, I believe strongly that where changes and developments are made, they should be on a small scale, incremental, proportionate and in keeping with the character and nature of the village.