Parish Council

The Parish Council is the part of local government closest to the community. In Lode and Longmeadow the parish council is not party political and is made up of volunteers who live in the village. Find out what we do by reading the agendas and minutes posted at the bottom of this page and how you can have your say in local matters. If we are not the correct authority to deal with your query, we can point you to the relevant part of East Cambs District Council or Cambridgeshire County Council.

The Register of Members' Interests may be found on the Lode Parish Council page on the East Cambridgeshire District Council website:

Meetings take place once a month starting at 7.30pm on a Monday evening at Fassage Hall. Upcoming meetings are on
13th July 2020
14th September 2020
12th October 2020
9th November 2020
14th December 2020

Parish Council Meeting Minutes/Accounts







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Parish Councillors

Jonathan Giles (Clerk)   I moved to this area in 2012 having previously had a career in social care. I was employed for nearly 20 years in local authority social services and then for 10 years in the charity sector. I worked first for the County of Avon and was then part of the project team setting up a new department when South Gloucestershire Council was created in 1996 through local government reorganisation. I was responsible for all services for adults and older people for the last two years there until I went to run Leonard Cheshire's services in the North East in 2001. I am delighted to take on the role of Clerk in Lode as the Parish Council is the tier of local government closest to voters and most sensitive to what people need in their community. I look forward to meeting you as I learn all about my new tasks.   Tel 07789 012761 or

Fran Platten   I have lived down Lode Fen for 22 years and our children went to the Village College. I retired from teaching in 2009 at Chesterton Community College where I worked for 14 years. My subject was Science. I very much enjoy being on the Parish Council. We have got the funding and go ahead for the cycle path between Lode and Quy, which will be a great asset to Lode and the other local villages. I loathe waste, and run two jumble sales each year with the help of enthusiastic supporters. The money raised has been used for the cycle path and various charities, and we will continue this. Finally litter. I help with the litter pick each year, and hope to get other villages on board so we have a concerted effort on this scourge on our countryside.   Tel C.813016

Rob Small   I am a newcomer to Lode having moved here with my wife and young family in Autumn 2015 from Cambridge. I volunteered for the Parish Council to help avoid the process of co-option in December 2015. A social scientist by training I have a particular interest in society's relationship with the environment. Through my PhD studies I was lucky enough to spend several years working and researching in Papua New Guinea. For the past five years I have worked for an international wildlife conservation charity, based in Cambridge, and am involved in projects in Liberia, Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique. A keen allotment gardener and home brewer I hope to offer good representation for the village on the Parish Council.   Tel C.812626

Robert Stevens (Chairman)   I and my wife came to Lode in 1978 and I volunteered to return Lode Mill to working order for the National Trust with the help of some other mill enthusiasts. Our children went to Lode School (until it closed) and then Bottisham Village College. I worked in Cambridge for Philips Telecom and also gained an MSc and PhD and thereafter did some consultancy work on planning mobile radio systems. From 2007 until 2015 I was a District Councillor for Bottisham and Lode, where I served on Licensing, Environment and Transport, Strategic Development and Planning Committees. I joined Lode Parish Council in 2016. Lode has not had any new affordable homes built for over 30 years, unlike Bottisham where over 40 have been build built since 2000, so I am keen to see what can be done for young people who have grown up here or work here, who would be given priority for renting or part-ownership of them over those from elsewhere in the District.  Tel C.811643

Meleena Walsh    I have lived in Lode since 2004, first moving on my own and then marrying and now live here with my husband and 11 year old daughter. This is the second time that I have been a parish councillor, I stepped down in June 2018 whilst I was completing my teacher training. That probably gives you a clue to my job! I am a LKS2 primary school teacher at a school in Cherry Hinton. I have had a diverse working background from working as a site secretary on a busy housing development, a training and development manager for a pharmaceutical company, a self employed landscape gardener to my role as an educator of young minds. I am keen to maintain a community feel within the village whilst allowing it to grow and develop inline with modern times.  Tel C.813664

Clive Purbrook   I moved to Lode from Newmarket in 2019 with my wife Belinda, although I have run a livery yard at Gally’s Farm on Lug Fen Droveway for several years. I am a keen runner and do the Lode half marathon every year along with many other local races. I am also an occasional cyclist, and enjoy the bird and other wildlife that thrive out on Lode Fen. I joined the Parish Council to get involved with parish activities and hope to be involved with projects such as the development and maintenance of Fassage Green.  Tel 07885 690781

Teresa Crickmar   I recently moved to Lode with my young family in April 2018 and we feel at home already. I wanted to be an active member of the community and the Parish Council seemed the perfect opportunity to get involved in village life. I have enjoyed a varied career in the creative fields and education. I am a trained jeweller and silversmith as well as a qualified teacher. I have managed art galleries, taught in primary, secondary and adult education settings and until recently ran a social enterprise working with people across Cambridgeshire. The move to Lode is also the start of my new life as an artist. I am hoping to use my skills and experience to continue my passion for community development and for promoting well being among the people of the parish.