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:

Meetings take place once a month starting at 7.30pm on a Monday evening at Fassage Hall. Upcoming meetings are on
12th September 2022
10th October 2022
14th November 2022
12th December 2022

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 email

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

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 or email