BARRINGTON Cambridgeshire





The Parish Council is:

Councillor Tim Bedford
Councillor Peter Bird
Councillor Anne Day - Vice Chair
Councillor Amanda Hopewell
Councillor Ray Kemp
Councillor Jacquie McBride
Councillor Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp - Chair
Councillor John Walker

Clerk Beckie Whitehouse

Responsible Financial Officer Rixon Zvauya

Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp (Chair)

I first qualified and worked as a nurse before becoming a lawyer. I now combine the two qualifications in my role of Assistant Coroner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and also for Oxfordshire. I regularly hold Inquests in Huntingdon and in Oxford.

I have lived in Barrington for 12 years and have been a Parish Councillor for 7 of those. My passion and enthusiasm centre on enhancing the well-being of the local community. So in the last 3 years, in the face of a growing population, I have focussed on campaigning for better Health provision and in setting up the Barrington Speed Reduction Working Group. I have also been active in starting the QE2 Woodland Working Group to support our wonderful Volunteers. I am particularly concerned about the need for much better provision for older people – including housing and access to services.

The work of the Parish Council is varied, interesting and challenging and I am pleased to be able to use my legal and negotiating skills to help guide our Village through the redevelopment of the Cemex site and the complexities of the 106 agreement.

I am always pleased to hear the views of villagers as it is you that we represent.

Anne Day - (Vice Chair)

I have lived in Barrington, with my husband, for just over 40 years.  We were teachers at Melbourn Village College and our daughter grew up here, attending the Primary School.

I have been associated with the Parish Council since 1998, initially as the Clerk and then as a Councillor.  During this time I have been particularly interested in our Play Areas and was much occupied with the enhancement of the Challis Green Area.  I chaired the Sub- Committee set up to consult with our young people, to obtain grant funding to work on designs with Suppliers of equipment and ultimately to oversee the implementation of the project.  I carry out monthly inspections of both Play Areas and report to the Parish Council meeting. I also have responsibility for liaising with Cambridgeshire County Council staff in respect of our footpaths and for requesting the appropriate maintenance from our Parish Council for those paths closest to the Village.  I also attend liaison meetings with Cemex staff. 

I have a personal interest in the history of the Village and I care deeply about preserving and protecting its special character and places, in particular, the Green.

Ray Kemp

I have lived in Barrington for 12 years and in South Cambridgeshire for over 22 years.  I hold an MSc and a PhD in Town Planning; am an experienced environmental risk consultant working on major development and decommissioning projects internationally, and have been a Chartered town planner for over 25 years.

I am also an experienced committee member and sit on national advisory committees for the Department of Health and Social Care, and for several scientific organisations. I was previously the Chair of the main Advisory Council to the Australian Nuclear regulator in Melbourne and Sydney, and held three honorary professorships in risk and sustainability in both the UK (Univ. of Surrey) and  in Australia (Univ. of Swinburne, Melbourne Vic; and Univ. of Wollongong NSW).

I helped the Parish Council in formulating its early position on the 106 Agreement for the redevelopment of the Cemex site. I am looking forward to engaging with Redrow on the safe demolition and redevelopment of the site over the coming years.

Away from work I can be seen walking our two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels around the village, or helping friends and colleagues on the Barrington Speedwatch team during all weathers!

Jacquie McBride

I am a relatively new resident of Barrington, having moved here with my family in 2013. I have lived in several different places both in this country and abroad so am fully able to appreciate the special qualities of Barrington, and will do my best to keep it special as a village and as a community for everyone who lives here.

As a musician I have worked with people of all ages in a wide variety of situations, and in a voluntary role have helped to raise money for several different charities.

I am passionate about keeping our village and the surrounding countryside beautiful in every way and I have become particularly involved in supporting and conserving our green spaces.  During lockdown I have been helping to coordinate village volunteers delivering prescriptions and other help to village residents.

Peter Bird

Originally from Norfolk, I have lived around Cambridge for the last 60 years apart from forays to Antarctica (2 years) and Mexico (7 years). Barrington has been our home since 2002.

Now retired, I worked for one of the Pye of Cambridge companies as export area manager for Latin America before being seconded to Mexico to develop the market there. Upon return, I was technical director of an export project management company in the science and technical education field.

My professional career ended as a consultant on export promotion to Mexico for British Trade International, the export arm of the Department of Trade and Industry.

I don’t claim to be an expert on local government issues, but I am pleased to devote my time and energy to the village at a critical time in its history.

Tim Bedford

We moved to Barrington in 2010. Before that we lived in Cambridge and then Meldreth. I have worked on Melbourn Science Park since 1999, first for TTP and now for SPT Labtech developing laboratory automation solutions. Our products are used widely in the fight against the pandemic.

My wife works at Hauxton Primary School. We have two boys; the youngest attends Barrington school and his brother recently started at Melbourn Village College. We feel very lucky to live here. Barrington is a special place.

I enjoy cycling, running and the catching and cooking of crayfish.

John Walker

I have lived in the village for 10 years and in the area for a further 30 years.

Following a law degree, my career was spent in the food industry including 20 years in commodity trading and four years living abroad. I was then in charge of a series of businesses in the UK and on the continent. On the board of Tate and Lyle plc for 10 years I had responsibility for its sugar activities in the UK and the EU as well as its international trading division.

I have been a governor of a 6th Form College and have been involved in inner city regeneration in East London.  Following retirement, for seven years I was chairman of a London based international Commodity Trading Company.

I am a keen skier and an indifferent golfer and gardener.

I hope that my experience in a variety of management roles will be of use to the Council as we enter a very critical time with so many development pressures on the village and the area. 

Amanda Hopewell

We have lived in Barrington since 2014 so relatively new to the village.  I have lived in villages all of my life other than the first few years I moved to Cambridge when I lived in the outskirts of the City.

My career has taken many forms along the way starting in catering management of various forms, then moving through different types of companies broadening my knowledge.  This led me to become an IT Trainer which I enjoy along with doing various tasks for a company who works with supplements for dogs and cats.  This combination requires a lot of people contact which I feel right at home with and has led me to become more active both with the Barrington Society and the Parish Council.

Most people round the village will know me by our dogs - the first one was a Border Collie who was know for carrying her frisbee and latterly two rescues, one black and one ginger.

Beckie Whitehouse (Clerk)

I have been clerking for a number of years and there is always something new to learn. I enjoy and am happy to help any resident where I can or at least find out who else might be able too.

We live close by in South Cambs, in a village sharing many of the same development pressures as Barrington.

I can often be found walking around the village with my dog, a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel called Toby, and may at times have persuaded other family members to join me. Do say hello if you see me.

Rixon Zvauya (Responsible Financial officer)


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