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 who we are by going to the bottom of this page where you will find details of your Councilllors and how to contact them. 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:

Documents regarding the cemetary for use by funeral directors and residents can be found here: Burial pack

Documents relating to the Parish Council annual meetings can be found here: Annual meetings

Meetings take place once a month starting at 7.30pm on a Monday evening at Fassage Hall. Upcoming meetings are on
10th July
11th September

Parish Council Meeting Minutes/Accounts






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Parish Councillors


Sam Chambers-Turner (Interim Clerk):   

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 or email

Rob Small (Chairman)   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 or email

Christina Ferdinando      Tel 07748 653039 or email

Rima Page   

Lucy Wells    I moved to Lode with my husband in 2005 and immediately felt very welcome and part of a community. We have two children who attended Bottisham Primary School and then moved on to the Village College. I was a school governor at the primary school for 4 years during which time the school joined the Anglian Learning academy trust and welcomed a new headteacher. My professional life involves managing classical musicians and developing their careers worldwide. I am a member of the Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers and sing quite regularly for services in the Cathedral. I always try to support village events and as a result have got to know a lot of people in Lode. I subscribe to the saying that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, a phrase that I think perfectly sums up what Lode and Longmeadow offers across the generations.   email