Councillor Jean Hanks (Elected – Quedgeley Severn Vale)
Phone: (01452) 728275
I am the longest serving Councillor and possibly the oldest member of your Parish Council, now known as Quedgeley Town Council.
As newcomers to Quedgeley in 1987, my husband Dennis and I frequently attended Parish Council meetings as members of the public in order to find out what made the parish tick. After losing Dennis and recovering from an accident that left me disabled I was co-opted as a member of the Parish Council and later won a contested election. I have continued to serve Quedgeley ever since and in July 2000 became Chairman following a walkout by several councillors and staff. Several groups such as the Village Hall Committee, Quedgeley Community Trust, Quedgeley Social Club and St James’ Church were very supportive and the church Rector showed his support by attending Council meetings.
My interest in parish councils was such that I became a member of the Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils representing the parish councils in the Severn Vale. Training for councillors has always been important to me as “You need to know what you do is correct and within the law”.
One of my other interests is gardening and during the early stages of my disability when I was no longer able to do this I attended Hartpury and Pershore Colleges and obtained 13 City & Guilds and 2 RHS examination certificates in horticulture. I was one of the group that started ‘Gloucester in Bloom’ and chaired it for several years.
Although Gloucester born and bred, I have lived in other parts of England and have now clocked up 50 years of volunteer community work, during which I have been presented to the Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family.
Joined November 2006