As a resident of Burton Latimer, I have watched the town grow over the past few years.
As well as running a business on the High Street I am also involved with the local school as a member of the PTFA and also as a parent volunteer.
I look forward to working on events to promote our town to the wider community
I am 79 years old and a widow; I was a Liberal Democrat councillor in Luton for 34 years and was Deputy Leader of Luton Borough Council.
When my husband died in 2013, I moved to Burton Latimer to be near to my family; this has proved to be a happy move. I was elected to Burton Latimer Town Council in a by-election in September 2016 and re-elected in May 2021. As well as sitting on several committees I served a term as Town Mayor.
Over the years I have been involved in many campaigns, most of them against unsuitable developments or the loss of green space. These campaigns led to a particular interest in planning matters; I am currently Chair of Burton Latimer’s Planning Committee. I also have a deep concern for the environment. A long-standing interest in astronomy taught me just how small and vulnerable our lovely planet is – if we mess it up there is nowhere else to go!
I have always believed that the most important duty of a councillor is to do everything possible to support constituents who have problems or queries.
On a personal level, I am disabled with arthritis, walk short distances with a stick and use a mobility scooter – which gives me a special interest in the state of the local pavements!”
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Address: 14a Alexandra Street Burton Latimer NN15 5SF
I have lived in Burton Latimer for the last 26 years and retired 10 years ago. I am married and have one daughter plus 4 dogs and one cat!
I am a geologist by profession and – due to office closure – I opted to take early retirement in early 2014. I therefore now have more time available for ‘other’ activities – hence my interest in joining the Town Council. After all, there’s only so much gardening I can cope with!
As a child I lived and went to school in the area – but my work has meant that I have lived and travelled widely. When my job moved back to London in the late 1990s I decided to come back to Burton Latimer, where my family has roots (my father was a local GP until his retirement in 1991).
I am Church secretary at Burton Latimer Baptist Church, and have been involved in community outreach work over several years. Given the change to my working life, I feel that the Town Council gives me an opportunity to ‘payback’ by serving the community as best I can.
I have recently re-joined the Labour Party and actively support the values and core beliefs of the party. As a BLTC councillor, I will adhere to these values and hopefully this is evident in my service to the community.
My interests are the community, green issues, recreational facilities and planning, and I feel that I will be able to contribute positively to the life of the town.
I have represented Burton Latimer variously on the town, borough and county councils, with main interests in planning, transport, education and children’s services.
Outside Burton Latimer – but helping Burton residents amongst others – I am chair of the Kettering Old Grammar School Foundation, an educational charity which runs an outdoor activity centre at Govilon in South Wales and gives grants to help young people realise their full potential. I am also chair of LANRAC, the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Rail Action Comiittee, which campaigns for improved services and electrification of the Midland Main Line through Wellingborough and Kettering.
My main mission is to ensure that the growth in population imposed on us by central government is matched by an enhanced town centre, with a better shopping offer and improved public services. To achieve these objectives I am working with colleagues to ensure that the financial benefits of housing development in Section 106 contributions are spent in Burton Latimer, together with wind farm community payments, so that the town council can kick start the improvements. I am also a great believer in working with others as partners to retain and improve services such as the library and highways.
If you have a contribution to make on any of these topics or other topics, I shall be pleased to hear from you.
I have lived in Burton Latimer for 25 years. Some of you will know me from the Dry-Cleaners or I.M.Kelly Automotive where I previously worked. I have 3 grown children who previously attended Meadowside school then onto Latimer School. Over the years many people have approached me for advice and information about Burton Latimer. I felt by becoming a councillor I would be able to help solve some of the issues and support people who needed help. Thank
Cllr Ruth Groome trained as a librarian in Leeds in the 1980s and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. She currently works for the North Northamptonshire Library Service, but in the past she has run commercial and business libraries.
Ruth served as a Kettering Borough Councillor for 26 years and Mayor of the Borough of Kettering 2009/2010. She has been on Burton Latimer Town Council since 2002 and was Mayor of Burton Latimer 2014/2015.
She is a Deacon at Burton Latimer Baptist Church and a local preacher. Ruth is also chairman of Kettering Community Unit which provides training for people who are long term unemployed and runs the Kettering and District Food Bank.
Currently Ruth is Chairman of Burton Latimer Ancient Parish Charity and serves on the Burton Latimer Ex Servicemen’s Association.
In the past Ruth was a Non-Executive Director of the Northamptonshire Heartlands Primary Care Trust.
Ruth is married to Cllr Christopher Groome and they have three grown up sons.
I have now lived in Burton Latimer for over thirty years and seen great changes in that time. I have been on the Council for over 12 years and in that time have built up a good rappor with many of the officers in the various administrations; in particular with those concerned with highway matters. I have been the lead on getting the monies from the wind farms ringfenced soley for use within Burton also I was responsible for getting dropped kerbs installed and the grasscrete in Churchill Way to try to preserve the verges
i am keen to try to ensure that Burton Latimer takes full advantage of any opportunities presented by 106 monies and plays an active role in promoting a greener environment.
I have lived in the borough for almost 40 years, and raised my family here. I was first elected to Kettering Borough Council in 1994, and was deputy leader of the Labour group, and lead spokesperson for housing and the voluntary sector, for many years.
Now retired, but for many years I was the CEO for Kettering Centre for the Unemployed running education courses and providing support to those with little or no basic qualifications.
Following the death of my husband I moved to Burton Latimer 7 years ago, and felt that the time was now right for me to support and get involved in the future of the town.
During 2020 I started walking around the town more, as my permitted exercise and discovered many beautiful areas that I had been unaware of. As a result of which I became a WOMBLE, and am now a bit obsessive about litter.
I am looking forward to serving Burton Town Council, and keen to make sure it provides a voice for the people of the town within the structures of the new Northamptonshire Unitary authority
Originally from Northolt in West London, I moved to Northamptonshire in 1977 living first in Wellingborough and then Irchester.
My wife, Denise, and I moved to Burton Latimer in 1984 where we have enjoyed a long and happy relationship with the town. Both our girls attended East lea (now St Marys) Primary School where my wife also worked for several years as a Teaching Assistant. During the late 90s I was both a Parent Governor and also a Parent Helper where I was able to share my experience in IT and Training to help establish and support their first ICT suite during the fledgling years of the school’s ICT lessons. For a while, at the turn of the century, I edited ‘Focus’ magazine and am currently responsible for preparing burial plots in the Garden of Remembrance in the Parish Church of St. Marys Burton Latimer.
My work career has been varied spanning Design, Sales and Information Technology; Training and Project Management. An eclectic mix of skills which I hope will bring an equally eclectic influence to our town. I am very keen to encourage and reinforce community engagement particularly in relation to sustainability and the environment.
Burton Latimer is a growing town with a long history and a bright future, but the responsibility to face the challenges that this growth will inevitably present falls to us all: Young and not so young. We all have a voice and a role to play in ensuring that the needs and wellbeing of our community are met both in the short term and for the benefit of future generations. For this to happen your voice needs to be heard and I look forward helping to facilitate and support this.
I joined the Armed Forces after leaving Bishop Stopford School and returned home to settle close to where I grew up. For 35 years I have been a part of the Burton community; I have worked for Weetabix for 25 years, spent 15 exciting years as a Scout leader and (don’t hold it against me) am joint leader of the local ukulele club.
Many people may know me for my Facebook posts about my free little library, the community seed library, sharing allotment veg surplus and plants in the box outside my house, the National Garden Scheme, the Burton Litter Wombles and recently the Burton Latimer Community Nature Reserve.
My 3 girls were brought up here and although the town has changed physically there has always been a deep sense of home about the town to me and my wife, Sue.
I feel there is a groundswell of support for a more open, interactive, accountable and ecologically minded council and as such I feel proud and humbled to have so many local people supporting me standing; I am on the council not just for myself but to be a voice for the community I have loved, supported and enjoyed for most of my adult life so please get in touch and tell me how I can help.
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