The following members of our group stood for Bexhill Town Council in May 2021. Visit our results page for more information. If you are interested in supporting them, then please have a look at our 'Get Involved' page. 
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DAN BARFOOT

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"I am a qualified teacher, counsellor and sports coach with over a decade of experience working with practitioners and young people from a wide variety of backgrounds. I have recently been appointed as the youth management specialist on the board of trustees for Amaze Sussex which helps keep me abreast of the latest developments in law, best practice and the needs and requirements of parents and carers with young people with special educational needs across East and West Sussex. I ensure I am always up to date with the latest training available to me, constantly embarking on course for personal professional development, recently completing a Pathological Demand Avoidance. My work and dedication has seen me nominated for the nationally recognized ‘Best Therapist’ and ‘Business of the Year’ award through the Centre of Excellence – all in my first year of operation with Up-Grade Training and Therapy Ltd and then in the second, achieving winner of the "Community Engagement Award" with Sussex Sport. Up-Grade Training and Therapy Ltd provide educational services for local authorities including East and West Sussex County Council and also to many private parents and carers and private organizations across Sussex."

Elected

Old Town Ward

Dan Barfoot

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VIV TAYLOR-GEE

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I love this town, not only for its sea, skies and pace of life, but also the friendliness of the people who live here. I came to Bexhill nine years ago from Denmark where I worked for the World Health Organization, running communication across the WHO European Region of 52 Member States, and also chairing the Board of Copenhagen International School. Before that, I was a documentary TV producer/director in London for Thames TV, BBC, and Channel Four.

I have been a member of Democracy4Bexhill since 2015 and am currently Chair; Bexhill gave great support to our campaign for a town council. I also coordinated the Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddy Scheme in Bexhill. I want an efficient town council that will take care of the things, great and small, which matter to people, working closely with the residents, charities, independent shops and organisations that make Bexhill so special. There are many new ideas which other towns are introducing, and we can look at those too if outside funding can be found. Post-COVID, there will be a lot to do. I have four grown-up daughters (and a husband).

Elected

Central Ward

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PAUL PLIM

"Like so many others who come to settle here, I first came to Bexhill when as a child my grandparents took me on holiday. Having been a permanent resident in Bexhill for 20 years now I have seen the need for a Town Council from day one. My involvement with Bexhill organisations began in 2009 when I became the fourth chair of the Bexhill Town Forum. I sadly saw first-hand the contempt the then ruling Conservatives had for Bexhill citizens. I then became a school governor for St Peter and St Paul Church of England Primary School in 2007 (chair 2010-2017), member of Senlac District Scouts 2015-2020 (chair 2016-2020) and member of 9th Bexhill Scout group 2012 to date (chair 2013 to date).

I worked within the retail wine trade in the 80s, driving London Tube trains in the 90s, and now pound the streets of Central Ward daily as a postman. I have represented the 86 postal workers in Bexhill since 2002 as a rep for the CWU, currently also being the deputy area safety rep for the TN postal area.

I have supported Democracy for Bexhill since its early days, standing previously as an independent candidate in Central Ward.  I am thrilled to be able to offer myself up for election to the new Bexhill Town Council. Not being a member of any political party, I believe that party politics should play no part in local decision making. I pledge my support to the people of Central Ward to work with the other Town Councillors and make Bexhill a better place for all its residents and visitors. " 

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Elected

Central Ward

Paul Plim

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CLAIRE BALDRY

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"I moved to East Sussex in 1982 and have been happily settled in Bexhill for over 12 years. My daughter and her family also live in Bexhill, and my grandchildren attend local schools. Prior to retiring (I am now 65) I spent most of my working life in education as a primary headteacher, english advisor, and university tutor. I also ran a small business offering leadership training and school improvement services to schools.
I now volunteer for the local community and am Chair of 'Friends of Bexhill Events'. In this capacity, I have raised thousands of pounds for and offered practical support to several local events including the Festival of the Sea and the Christmas Lights. I run the annual Christmas window competition. I also raise money for local and national charities. In 2017, my husband and I were jointly given the Diabetes UK South East Fundraising Inspiration Award. Before lockdown, I was the part-time volunteer co-ordinator for the Bexhill Heritage Hub and Tourist Information Centre.
When I am not busy volunteering, I write and publish light-hearted poetry and novels as a hobby. I am an accredited public speaker for the East Sussex Federation of WIs.
I am absolutely delighted that Bexhill is finally getting its own Town Council, and would love the opportunity to use my experience and local knowledge to support the community and further develop and promote our amazing town."    

Elected

Sackville Ward

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ELLY GIBSON

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"I live in the Sackville ward of Bexhill with my husband and our two young daughters. There is so much to love about Bexhill - not just the beautiful coastline, but the friendliness of the people who live here and Bexhill's real sense of community. I would relish the chance to be a town councillor and give the Sackville ward a voice for what you need and want for the town. And I think I would be a good advocate for you. I've spent most of my 20-year career working in public relations for the voluntary sector, for a range of health, children's and adults' charities. I am passionate about fairness, equality and opportunity. And as a qualified counsellor I am a good listener. In my spare time I volunteer at Bexhill food bank and I am the Secretary of the PTA at my daughters' primary school. We also regularly attend church here. A vote for me will be a vote for someone genuinely committed to this wonderful, vibrant town, and I can guarantee I will do my best for you. Let's preserve Bexhill's past - and look to how we can build and grow our unique town for the future." 

Elected

Sackville Ward

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DAVID HARDING

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"I moved permanently to Bexhill in 2015 after having a holiday home here since 2012. Bexhill appealed to me because it is a friendly town, the shops covered the essentials and were all walkable from my home. The sea front was flat, well maintained and the colonnade was a destination to rest and enjoy the passing world.
Since moving I joined several groups and made friends with a range of people. I think we need to maintain all that makes Bexhill special while looking to the future to improve the use of our amenities for young, old and less able residents. I want to make Bexhill a vibrant destination to encourage tourists to spend money locally.
I had a long career in the BBC working in various departments as an administrator. I believe in public service and in my spare time, whilst working, I taught English as a Second Language and volunteered helping reading skills in the local school. After leaving the BBC I then volunteered in the Court service and now also want to volunteer to be one of your Town Councillors."

Elected

Collington Ward

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BENJAMIN IZZARD

"Bexhill is a fabulous gem, not only due to the beautiful seaside, right here on our doorstep but also because of you, our amazing community. A community I am proud to be a part of and the reason I have chosen to live here in St Stephens Ward with my wife, 7 month old daughter and our little dog. I am a Paramedic within the local area, regularly attending emergency calls within our community and a former Commanding Officer of the Bexhill Royal Air Force Air Cadets. I am passionate about local democracy and aim to see those who live and work right here in Bexhill have a greater say in the direction Bexhill heads. I care deeply about our environment, and would love to see Bexhill adopt a community led environmental policy that secures and maintains our beautiful town for future generations. Through my role as a Paramedic, I have seen directly the challenges and far reaching implications on local people Covid has created. I have witnessed how isolated some people have become and how family’s have been ripped apart unexpectedly. I have also seen how for some, the pandemic has created massive financial insecurity placing unprecedented strain on both business and personal finances. I am so proud of how many Bexhill businesses have adapted to ever changing guidance, with many going above and beyond to support our wider community such as offering children lunches over the holidays. Its the perfect example of community in action. Now more than ever, our communities are in need of support, something I truly believe a good Town Council could facilitate once up and running. If elected as a local Councillor, I pledge to work towards constant and transparent engagement with you, the people of Bexhill opening up real democracy, facilitating experts, and local communities to drive the policies and agendas that affect your town".
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Elected unopposed

St Stephens Ward

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BRYAN CLASBY

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"As a  Bexhill resident who has lived here for twenty years, a member of the Democracy for Bexhill (D4B) and a person who cares deeply about the future of our town I am standing for election as a candidate supported by Bexhill Together.  There will be challenges.  However, I know that we have the talent, commitment and energy in our residents to work together to make the next chapter in this town’s life a success. From a career that has been largely spent in education - in schools, universities, inspection and administration - I appreciate that successful organisations are those that pull together with determination to tackle difficulties to achieve positive outcomes.

The creation of a Neighbourhood Plan will be at the centre of our work to enable our town to develop and thrive.  In its creation every resident will be invited to contribute and participate.  For my individual part, and given my history in education,  I would like to promote improvements in the provision and involvement of young people, as well as increased opportunities for the not so young, for example, through an extension of activities within U3A."

My joy in living in the lovely town will, I hope, encourage you to consider placing your trust in me when you cast your vote."

Elected unopposed

Kewhurst Ward

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BRIAN DRAYSON

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"Since my wife and I moved to this gem of a town in July 2017 we have become very much involved in the life of our chosen hometown. I volunteer with and belong to several groups in Bexhill and will continue to play a full part in making Bexhill the place to be. The fact that Bexhill then, was the only community in Rother not to have a Parish Council struck a chord with me and so I set out to do something about it. I joined Democracy 4 Bexhill as a first step but realised that, without support from Bexhill’s District Councillors, it was not going to happen any time soon. In May 2019, I was honoured to be elected as one of the Rother District Councillors for Bexhill Kewhurst Ward. Since then, as part of the Rother Alliance, I have been able to help get us to this point in the story of a new Town Council for Bexhill. I believe that it will help in setting up our new Council, to have a councillor who is also on the District Council, a person who can work actively within each to deliver the best for both. I am certain that I can fill that role and will be standing as an independent candidate for Bexhill Kewhurst Ward."

Elected unopposed

Kewhurst Ward

Brian Drayson

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JIMMY STANGER

"I have lived in Sidley/Bexhill for over 20 years now. I love the town and its amazing community spirit. I am a senior manager and executive committee member at Sidley Working Men’s Club and part time taxi driver. I am also a school governor. I am on both the finance and admissions committee, and responsible for monitoring health and safety. My youngest is still at St Mary Magdalen’s, whilst the older two are now at St Richard's. My wife, Sophie, works on the frontline for the NHS and in social care. She also is the school PTA secretary, and I often help at PTA events and with extra-curricular activities.

I have many years’ experience in business and retail management, was a shop steward for the trade union Usdaw, and am currently studying for a Diploma in Human resources management and AAT, with a view to starting as a business and HR adviser in the local area. 

I organise and run the Bexhill and Hastings amateur darts league on a voluntary basis, and  am a volunteer at Bexhill swimming club. I love country walks with my family and dogs, football, rugby and I have a keen interest in politics on a local and national level. 

I have wanted to stand for my local community for many years and believe this would be a great opportunity to serve the people of Bexhill and especially Sidley. I have decided to stand as an independent candidate as I don’t want to be restricted by party politics, I am a passionate straight-talking person who will give 110 percent if given this opportunity by the amazing people of Sidley.

Sidley is a, sometimes misunderstood, vibrant and hard-working community which genuinely cares. I hope to further develop and create opportunities for children and teenagers in the area. When I was young, I attended Sidley youth club which was fantastically run and kept a lot of children out of trouble. The Heart of Sidley is a brilliant community organisation, and I hope I can work with them if I am elected.

I believe local government and councils need to be run efficiently, ensuring that every £ spent of hard-working taxpayers’ cash is used wisely to provide good value for money. I would be honoured if the lovely residents of Sidley gave me the opportunity to serve them..

Sidley

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HANNAH CORKE

"I have lived in and around Bexhill my whole life, having attended Pebsham CP School, Bexhill High and then Bexhill College. I currently live in Sidley with my fiancé and two young children, one of whom attends the local primary school, of which I am an active member of the PTFA. Last year at the start of the first COVID-19 lockdown, I founded the Facebook page ‘Bexhill Emergency Action Team’ (BEAT), a community-led initiative which was set up to provide Bexhill residents with access to help and support from fellow locals. The response was incredible - the page quickly gained over 3000 members, with help and support being readily offered across all areas of the town by so many amazing, kind-hearted people. The way our local community came together during such a difficult time to help those in need was truly inspiring and has played a major part in my decision to stand as a candidate in this year’s elections.  I have seen first-hand how amazing the residents of Bexhill are and how efficiently and effectively we can work together. I would love the opportunity to continue to support my amazing town in as many ways as I can, and however it may be needed. Having worked in customer service for over 15 years, I consider myself to be a friendly, personable and approachable member of the community who is ready and willing to listen to any concerns, ideas or suggestions that you have for the town no matter how big or small. My role as a Councillor, if elected, would be to act as a strong voice on your behalf, and to work alongside the other town councillors to make Bexhill the town YOU want it to be.
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Sidley

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Hannah Corke

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TIM FENNER

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Bexhill-on-Sea...I have my first vague memories of being dragged to this small south coast town, when I was about 6, to see a close friend of my mother’s exhibit at a craft fair at the De La Warr Pavilion. At that time, I could never understand why anyone would make an effort to visit. As the years progressed, and after further trips, my opinions of the town were structured by noticing how unexciting the town was to visit with its decaying white elephant on the seafront and what I perceived as its elderly, often ex-city population, looking for somewhere quiet to see out their last few years, affectionately labelled as 'Gods Waiting Room'. Not sounding too promising is it? But...over the years, and strangely ending up living in Bexhill on and off since 1986, I have learned to identify the town as where I started my own family and have developed a love of living by the sea with all that it has to offer... even the De La Warr has had (pre-covid of course) a change of direction, losing its stuffy image and, in my opinion, thereby lowering its 'trunk'.

I've recently volunteered to take over the Little Common Village flower basket/trough maintenance,  and no doubt some residents in the St Marks Ward may have seen me out in the locality with my litter pickers around the Tesco Express car park area, as I'm fed up with the rubbish blowing around that ends up all over the grass in Church Hill Ave (they no longer employ a cleaner so I've been told by the staff) or walking one of our elderly neighbours dogs especially when it's been icy, and I've also helped carry shopping for those that need help crossing the Barnhorn Rd outside The Wheatsheaf. Maybe a discussion is needed about proposing a crossing there? I have now lived in Little Common for almost 3 years and I would like to try and support my community by putting myself up as an independent Bexhill Together candidate for the new town council elections. I have no political party affiliation, and my only interest in this local election is that I'd love to hear what ideas local residents have about improving our neighbourhood, for the good of everyone in our community, and then seeing what could be done to implement change through the newly formed town council."

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Elected

St Marks

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Tim Fenner

SAM DAVEY

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"I’ve lived in East Sussex for quite a while now and moved to Bexhill from St Leonards in 2019.  We chose to live here because we love the town – and really wanted to be part of the community. I currently work in Hastings as a project manager for a Healthcare provider, helping to make our services faster and more accessible for patients. I love reading and am the treasurer of the Hastings Writers group. Wanting to share my love of the written word more widely, I set up the Hastings Literary Festival in 2017, working very closely with schools, the literacy trust and local community centres. I’m also a regular volunteer for Hastings and Rother talking books and magazines, which provides services for the visually impaired, and during lockdown have volunteered my services via the Bexhill Emergency Action Team, doing shopping, dog walking and fetching prescriptions for people who have had to remain in isolation.   This has been a hard year for many of us, and I’m sure I’m not alone in having found it incredibly tough not to be able to say goodbye to loved ones, or to spend time with family. But it has also been a time when we have seen just how important it is for us to help each other, to work together and to give each other support.  I’ve also got over fifteen years’ experience working in both central and local government and still work occasionally as an auditor and improvement advisor for the Local Government Association. This has given me a real insight into the workings of local government and I’m standing as a councillor because I want to use my experience, enthusiasm and energy as part of Bexhill’s new Town Council"

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Pebsham and St Michaels

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Sam Davey

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