Contacting the Council
To contact the Hermitage Parish Council in the first instance please email the Parish Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Council also has a Facebook page – click here to access it. Please note that you do not need to have a Facebook account to view this.
Please note: We are seeking new Councillors to join the team. Whilst it is a volunteer role it offers a fantastic opportunity to contribute to your local community. If you are interested please contact the Clerk.
Mr David Brown
Married with four children who have all attended local schools, I have been a Hermitage resident since 1971.
My interests include walking, music and photography and I have served on the parish council twice, from 2007-2008 and from 2011 to the present.
Mr Nick Burraston OBE
My wife and I moved to Hermitage when I retired 3 years ago. A Chartered Engineer and Chartered Fellow of IOSH, I have served as a non-executive on the Board of IOSH and on the boards of small technology companies. I also served as a parish councillor in a previous place we lived.
My later career spanned 13 years in senior roles in retail, engineering consultancy, water supply and in railways construction; with a further 36 years in electricity generation and supply industries, including as a director/general manager for 3 different power companies both in UK and overseas.
Ms Ruth Cottingham, Chair
My family and I came to Hermitage in 1990 because it was in the right location and we found a property with a large enough garden. We are still growing our own vegetables, as those of you who suffer from our gluts will know, but I do not manage to find the time to do my share. I still walk with a group I joined in 1972. I have been a member of Hermitage parish council since 2007 and chair since 2008.
Mr Oliver Cronk
My wife (who currently manages the Hermitage village hall) and I moved to north end of the village in 2006 and we have put down roots and started a family here. I am a keen cyclist and work in a technology strategy role for a professional services firm. I oversee this website, the council’s presence on social media and also am one of the administrators of the village Facebook group. I have been a member of the Hermitage parish council since 2016.
Ms Ann Goldsmith
Ann moved to the village in 2013 to be closer to her work at Tadley as a Technical Consultant, having lived in Wantage for over 20 years. Her main interest is her animals: she has a dog, cats and pond fish, and keeps llamas, horses and ducks, whose eggs and offspring she sells, at Chieveley.
Mr Ian Hunter
I moved to Hermitage with my wife and two young boys at the end of March 2017, having lived in Thatcham for the last 12 years. I enjoy spending a lot of my spare time with my family, and what time I have left at the moment I use to sort out my new house and garden. I have worked in the telecommunications industry for most of my adult working life in a variety of roles relating to process performance measurement and improvement, particularly focussing on the delivery of IT projects. I have been a member of the parish council since June 2017.
Mr Roy Marr
Although I’ve been on the council for just two years I have attended as a member of the public for many years. In fact I’ve seen 10 chairmen come and go.
I have been a village hall trustee for 30 years and am chairman of Hermitage horticultural society. I’m a retired design engineer and have lived in Hermitage for 35 years.
Ms Carolyn Purchase
I have lived in Hermitage for 22 years and both my children attended local schools. I am currently a Headteacher of a local primary school and only recently joined the Parish Council – feeling that it was time to give something back to the community in which I live.
My interests include walking and climbing and my husband and I have climbed a few well-known mountains around the world. I have recently started quilting -which is proving quite a challenge, having never really sewn more than a button on in the past!
Mrs Sue Russell
I became a Hermitage parish councillor in 2013, having moved to the village in 2011. However I sat on the council where I previously lived so knew what I was letting myself in for!
My interests and hobbies include gardening, home crafts, theatre, family and my dog – not necessarily in that order plus implementing the 2013 parish plan with its aims for the Hermitage community.