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Council Members

The elected and co-opted members of the Parish Council are shown below, they are unpaid Councillors. Our Clerk, is a part time employee of the council as is Clerical Assistant Louise Fox.

Clerk: Sheila Parker

The Old School, Vicarage Lane, Colerne, SN14 8EL         

Tel: 01225 742207 / 07775 462299  


Parish Council Assistant:  Katherine Pugh Admin Assistant

The Old School, Vicarage Lane, Colerne, SN14 8EL      

Tel: 01225 742207


Unitary Councillor: Cllr Brian Mathew                

The Old School, Yatton Keynell, SN14 7BA  

Tel: 07771 607983 


Parish Councillors:

Richard Tonge: Chairman

(Colerne Old School Charity)

Bank House, Tutton Hill, Colerne SN14 8DN 

Tel:  01225 742471 / 742631 / 07904 436068 


Anthony Clarke: Vice Chairman 

(rep Corsham Area Transport Group) 

Charcoal House, Market Place Colerne, SN14 8DF
Tel: 01225 743215 / 07774 658522


​Bob Child: 24 Watergates, Colerne, SN14 8DR  
Tel: 01225 743575 / 07802 797868  


Glyn Thomas: (Allotment Supervisor)

22 Forrester Green, Colerne, SN14 8EB.

Tel: 01225 742690  ​

Peter Gooding: Oakdown, Rode Hill, Colerne, SN14 8AR

Tel: 07970 282780 


Ben Pike: (Corsham Area Transport Group rep)

16 HItchings Skilling, Colerne, SN14 8ED

Tel: tbc


Mike Griffiths:  8 Market Place, Colerne, SN14 8DF

Tel: tbc    


Jane Mellett: 16 Tutton Hill, Colerne, SN14 8DN

Tel: 01225 742163 


Colerne Parish Council members - Register of Interests

2021 List of Representatives for external bodies and PC Working Parties


Corsham Area Board - Anthony Clarke


Corsham Area Transport Group  – Anthony Clarke

PC Working Parties & Committees

Allotments and Recreation: Glyn Thomas, 

Allotment Supervisor: Glyn Thomas

Community Resilience & Emergency Plan: 

Finance, policy and assets management: All Parish Councillors

Neighbourhood Plan: Jane Mellett, Bob Child

Personnel: Glyn Thomas, Richard Tonge

Sports Development: Richard Tonge

Parish Council Website & Public Communications: Bob Child, 


Bob Child

I’ve lived in Colerne for nearly thirty years, and work at home as a graphic designer, so my main contribution, since becoming a parish councillor in May 2015, is communication. I’ve designed, built and now manage the website and hope it becomes the main village information point.





Anthony Clarke

My wife, Louise, and I have lived in the Market Place for 30 years. I was a Consultant in Rheumatology & Rehabilitation at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (the Min) in Bath, also for 30 years. I was the MedicaI Director of the hospital for 15 years. I retired in 2007, when I was elected to represent Lansdown Ward on Bath & North East Somerset Council, which included two years as the Cabinet Member for Transport.


Glyn Thomas

Born of Welsh parents and raised in Bathampton, I was educated at Oldfield Boys School in Bath. I then worked at Stothert & Pitt Engineers for 22 years;  travelling all over the UK, Ireland, Europe and Africa. I have been a self employed engineer for 35 years. I have been married to Margaret for 45 years with four children and five grandchildren. I have lived in Colerne for 50 years. I was elected to Colerne Parish Council in 1975, working on the  Rights of Way and Recreation & Allotment committees. I have acted as allotment supervisor for about 35 years. 


Richard Tonge

I have lived in Colerne since 1987 when my company moved me to run an engineering business in Corsham. I have been on the Parish Council for about twenty years, was a District Councillor for ten years and a Wiltshire Councillor for the last seven. At Wiltshire Council I have the responsibility for Finance. I live in Tutton Hill with my wife Monica. My daughter and her family,  including two lively grandsons, live in Malmesbury . While on the Parish Council I led the £450,000  project to convert the Old School. I am a Trustee of the Almshouses in Corsham raising money and helping manage the £1.4million  refurbishment of the Grade 1 listed building.

Jane Mellett

I have lived in Colerne Village since 1973, and both my children went to local schools.

Whilst they were young I was involved with the Colerne Preschool Playgroup, and since my retirement from work I have been involved in creating the Colerne Neighbourhood Plan. I joined the Council in February 2022 to continue my interest in ensuring the Neighbourhood Plan is actively used to ensure the future sustainability of our beautiful parish.

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