Your Parish Councillors are:

Any correspondence for Councillors should be addressed to the Clerk, either at our postal address of via email.  Please see our Contacts page for details.

Bill Ayling
0118 9419437
Chairman of Highways & Footpaths
I have been on the Parish Council for 18 years, served as Vice Chairman of Council, Chairman and Vice Chairman of Highways and Footpaths and Chairman and Vice Chairman of Recreation.  Organised the Best Kept Village in 1994 in which we were runners up.  Chairman of  HM the Queen Golden Jubilee Steering Committee in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee Steering Committee in 2012.  Hobbies include dog walking, bowls (indoor and outdoor), reading and gardening.
Pam Beddoes
0118 9414186
MartinB2 Martin Bishop
Sue Briscoe Sue Briscoe
0118 9456085
Chairman of Council
In 2012 my husband, David and I moved to Purley from St Albans, where we’d lived for over 30 years and brought up our two children. I was a Teacher of the Deaf/Education Manager by profession and in my retirement, enjoy volunteering at Purley School as well as being a member of their fundraising team. It was love of the river that brought us to Purley; this has been one of our favourite parts of the Thames during our 40 years of boating and remains so, even after being flooded out of our home in 2012! My interests include going to the theatre, listening to music of all types, dancing and cooking. I’ve been a parish councillor since 2013, sit on the Planning, Highways and Footpaths sub-committees and am vice-chairman of the Barn sub-committee.
John Chapman
0118 9426999
StuartC Stuart Chester
0118 9422951
I’ve lived in Purley for around 20 years, having moved down the road from Tilehurst so I suppose I’m classed as a “Local” now.
I’ve loved it here in the Village from the first day I arrived; the peace and quiet after Tilehurst, the “Village” atmosphere and most of all the friendliness of the people. Living by the river, the occasional flooding is a nuisance but watching the way it brings people together, with complete strangers helping one another is worth all the inconvenience – well, almost!
I worked in the travel industry straight from leaving school so it’s no wonder that travelling is high on my list of interests. In more recent years I’ve become involved in training customer service staff for a local company which is a refreshing challenge and a great place to work, especially as I now only work part-time!!
I’ve been a Flood Warden for several years and am now also a member of the Purley Flood Defence Group which aims to reduce the risk of flooding in the Village, but working with (or is it against?) some of the other organisations involved can be both frustrating and time consuming. Hopefully the efforts the group are making will in due course begin to reap benefits for the whole village, but clearly it won’t happen overnight.
Apart from travelling, I enjoy gardening, fishing, painting with watercolours, reading historical fiction and – strangely – working!!
Christine Collier
0118 9422951
I was born and raised in London and moved to Thatcham in Berkshire after getting married. I have lived in Purley on Thames for some 10 years after moving in with my new partner Stuart. I have spent most of my working life as a Manager in a Business travel agency. I now work in an internet based company selling garden products which is locally based. I spend many years helping to run a boys football team based at AWE in Tadley, and am an ardent Tottenham Hotspurs supporter.
Rick Farrow
0118 9624577
Chairman of Recreation
Rick and his wife Carol moved to Purley in 1978. Rick has been involved in his Reading based family printing company since he left school and started as an apprentice in 1970. The family business was founded by his Grandfather in 1922. Rick became a Purley Parish Councillor in 1999 and has served on all the various committees including the roles of Vice Chairman of the Council and Chairman of the Recreation Committee. He has had a long association with are local football clubs, having been involved with Purley Jubilee F.C. for the last 25 years. He is currently Deputy Chairman of the Reading & Dist. Sunday Football League. His other interests include Motorcycling, Walking, Holidaying in Greece and last but not least his family; especially his three grandchildren.
Rick Jones
0118 9623793
He moved into the village in 1985, and his two children have grown up here. He and his wife, Val, are members of Project Purley, and both have also been local school governors. Rick enjoys tennis and golf, Val golf and walking, and both love the community ‘feel’ of Purley.
Neil Haughton
0118 9844507 (Office)
A resident of Purley on Thames, Neil is a Professional Engineer currently working as a Software Development Manager in the Laboratory Information Systems field. Enthusiastic resident of Purley, keen dabbler in electronics and other arcane magic and married to Molly.
JaneLa Jane Langford
Graham Rolfe
0118 9417247
Vice Chairman of Council
Chairman of Planning
Graham and his wife Margaret moved to Purley in 1986. A Chartered Engineer, now retired, he worked as a senior manager and consultant in the telecommunication industry. Graham is involved with several local organisations.

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Your Parish Officers are:

CLamb Christine Lamb
Parish Clerk
0118 9844507
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NoPhoto Sarah Williams
Parish Assistant Clerk
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