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Find out more about Newton Flotman Parish Councillors 

Dr Paul Weeks, Chairman

 

I have been the Chairman of Newton Flotman Parish Council since May 2022 and have served on the council as a co-opted member from September 2019 until I was elected to the council in May 2023.

 

I have lived in Norfolk since 1996 at which time I started my academic career at City College Norwich. My wife and I moved to Newton Flotman in 2009 as I was working at the time at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford and wanted to cut down on the time I spent commuting to and from work.  I retired from lecturing in 2019 just before the Covid pandemic struck and have enjoyed getting more involved in village life as a member of the NFAST historical group, being the Parish Council representative on the Long Stratton Medical Partnership Patient Participation Group, being the administrator for the Newton Flotman Charities, and I am a member of the cell group from St Mary’s Church.

 

I was born in London and have lived in Yorkshire (Barnsley, Sheffield and Bradford) and Belfast in Northern Ireland where between 1971 and 1977, I completed my undergraduate studies with a degree from Ulster University.  Northern Ireland was an interesting experience as the 1970s was the first decade of the “troubles” in that part of the world. 

 

Returning to England in 1977 I worked in marketing departments for companies in the Market Research, Fire Protection and Construction Industries before I moved into academia in 1996.  During my time in academia, I gained additional academic qualifications which concluded with a PhD in 2018 on the student value of their higher education experience.

 

In my spare time I avidly read books from a range of authors including Michael Connelly, Lee Child, John Grisham, Bernard Cornwall and Ian Rankin.  I attend Proclaimers Church as well as the cell group noted above.  My wife and I enjoy exploring the countryside and coast of Norfolk.  I am interested in all sport and have followed the exploits of Arsenal football club since I was ten years old so have lived through the good and the bad times! 

 

Like many others before me I joined the Parish Council to try and improve the access to Ipswich Road from Flordon Road having experienced the frustration of trying to turn right to go to Chelmsford in the morning rush hour.  It is still a high priority and something I continue to try to improve for all of us.

Bruce Turnbull (Vice Chairman) 

After living in the village with my wife for over 25 years, I began my involvement in the Parish Council as an interested resident in 2020, originally as a co-opted member. I was elected as Parish Councillor in 2023, I am now serving as Vice-Chairman.

 

I moved to the village whilst still serving in the Army, based at Swanton Morley, prior to my final posting to RAF Wattisham – no, I didn’t meet Prince Harry. After leaving the Army I worked as an IT professional for Norfolk Constabulary, before hanging up my keyboard and mouse to enjoy my retirement.

 

Personally, I am still very interested in computers and technology, as well as spending my time walking my dog, swimming and archery. You will often see me around the village being walked by Marvin.

Cate McNerney

Coming soon

David Segens 

I was born in Hardwick, a village in south Norfolk thirteen miles from Norwich, and have lived in the county all my life, formerly in Harleston and Norwich. My wife and I were married in Mulbarton in 1968 and have lived in Newton Flotman for fifty-two years. We have two children and three grandchildren.

I started work as a Laboratory Technician in the Histology Department and Mortuary at the old Norfolk and Norwich Hospital after working part-time, while still at school, in betting and menswear shops and a department store.

I moved on to the then Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food as a Laboratory Assistant in the marine laboratory at Lowestoft and on various research vessels, out of Lowestoft and other U.K. ports, mainly in the North and Irish seas.

 

I spent most of my working life at Norwich Union, now Aviva, beginning as an office junior and ending in a variety of senior management roles in Norwich and London.

I possess a Bachelor’s Degree in English Law from London University and an Associateship by examination of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

I have served as Parish Councillor for Newton Flotman, first from 1999 and again from 2022. My interests include walking and reading.

Drew Broad

I was born in Worthing in Sussex in 1944; christened as Andrew, but my parents always called me Drew and it’s stuck ever since!

In 1966 I met my future wife, Valerie. We married in 1968 and moved to Norfolk in 1970, where we raised our two sons and our daughter in the village of Pedham, near Blofield.

Having risen through the ranks of the St. John Ambulance, I later joined the East of England Ambulance Service where I worked as a paramedic and senior manager until my retirement in 2012 at the age of 68.

 

Two of our children and their families are now based in Newton Flotman and nearby Forncett St. Peter, so we decided to move nearer and eventually found our lovely bungalow on the Flordon Road in 2013. We have grown to love the village and the people in it.

 

I served as a governor at Newton Flotman Primary School, until the school graduated to being an academy when the governorship came under the auspices of the Dioceses.

 

My wife passed away in February 2023 and the village have been a wonderful support network to me since.

 

I was elected on to Newton Flotman Parish Council in May 2023 and am now the Parish Council representative on the Newton Flotman Village Centre committee, as well as a trustee.

 

I very much enjoy playing an active role in village life; regularly attending church and visiting the school on a weekly basis to listen to the pupils read, something Val and I very much enjoyed before the pandemic.

Lesley Crump

I was co-opted  to the parish council in November 2023.

Having lived in the village for 3years I felt I would like to give something back to the community. I moved from Mulbarton having lived there for 25 years and am very familiar with the area.

I have a love of music and have singing and piano lessons.

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