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Councillor Brian Burbidge - Chairman & Mayor

Brian is married with two children and is a grandfather to four boys and one girl. He is qualified as an electromechanical engineer and later studied ceramics and set up his own company, this allowed him travel the world problem solving for companies in the heavy clay industry. He has been  involved in local activities since 2005, becoming part of Horncastle Theatre Company, Horncastle Now and subsequently Horncastle Festivals. His involvement with local groups led him to believe there was an opportunity to join with local people in promoting the town. His aim is to do whatever he can to retain Horncastle as a desirable place in which to live, work and visit.

Councillor Rose Williams

Rose has lived and worked in Horncastle for over 30 years and is absolutely dedicated to helping to look after this lovely town. She knows it has to move forward with the times but wants to ensure it maintains it’s essential character and values, which can be passed on to future generations. She was a member of the Horncastle Neighbourhood Development Plan team. She is also a member of the Stanhope Hall Committee, as the Booking Clerk; and Committee member of the following organisations: Horncastle Festivals, Horncastle War Memorial Centre, Walkers are Welcome, Love Lincolnshire Wolds, Lincolnshire Time & Tide Bell and a founder member of Transition Town Horncastle. Rose also sings with the High Toynton Choir.

Councillor Matt Wilkinson

Matt grew up in Horncastle and after some time away moved back in 2003. He is married with 2 children attending Horncastle Schools and works as a development manager covering all aspects of  retail construction and development in convenience retailing. Hobbies and interests include cycling, walking and football (watching not playing). He joined the council in 2011 and is passionate about improving Horncastle for future generations.

Councillor John Lechler

John was born in Edinburgh and educated in Bath. He has been married over 40 years to Alison and has lived in Horncastle for over 30 years. Some years ago he initiated the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Willow Close and have been a regular blood donor for many years (116 donations to date). He is Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Horncastle Community Centre and oversees Life Church, Horncastle. His employment background is in Agricultural education and training with other employment and his other interests are sport and the arts.

Councillor Craig Moore

Craig has lived in Horncastle most of his life including attending local schools. He works for his family's local agricultural business and wants to give something back to the town. Craig understands that residents of Horncastle face some challenges but he will work with other Councillors to achieve a positive future for our community.

Councillor Angela Birchall

Angela was elected onto Horncastle Town Council in 2011, shortly after retiring from a career in Education. She is committed to supporting the local community and volunteers for several organisations – SSAFA (working with ex-military personnel), Age UK, Horncastle Community Centre and is a School Governor. One of her first suggestions on joining Horncastle Town Council was that the Council should hold Council Surgeries so that councillors are regularly available to talk, informally, to any members of the public who would like to speak to them on any issues. The dates for the surgeries are advertised in the Horncastle News and on our website. Since joining the Town Council she has served on many committees and working groups and has previously been the Town Mayor. Her children all went to school in Horncastle, as do two of her grandchildren, so she is keen to ensure that Horncastle continues to develop as a vibrant community and a great place to live.

Councillor Dominic Hinkins

Dominic is proud to be ‘born and bred’ in Horncastle, and returned to live here permanently in 2015 after a short period working from London. Professionally, he is a freelance writer, with many years’ wide-ranging experience working in the fields of finance, healthcare, international NGOs, linguistics and human resources. Dominic is passionate about his town and community, and is involved in several other local groups including Horncastle Theatre Company, Horncastle Choral Society, and Up Stagers. Politically, he is aware of the fine balance between preserving Horncastle’s distinctive character and heritage for future generations, and moving with the times, and hopes to use his voice on the council to promote a considered and sensitive approach to getting this right. Dominic is also a member of the Labour Party.


ELDC – CCTV PARTNERSHIP: Bill Aron and John Lechler
ELDC – AREA FORUM WEST:  John Lechler and Craig Moore 

GEORGE WHELPTON’S ALMHOUSES TRUST: Maurice Lamb and David Roark (4 year term – ends April 2019)

HURSTCROFT & SNODEN CHARITIES: Angela Birchall (4 year term – ends April 2019)
MANOR HOUSE STREET SCHOOL TRUST: Matthew Wilkinson (4 year term – ends April 2019)
STANHOPE HALL COMPANY (observers): John Lechler and Craig Moore
WALKERS ARE WELCOME: David Roark and Rose Williams


COMMUNITY EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS: Councillors Bill Aron, Angela Birchall, Brian Burbidge and Fiona Martin (also Lionel Higman)
FLOOD ALLEVIATION PROJECT BOARD: Councillor Fiona Martin is the council’s representative


Councillors’ Interests

Disclosable pecuniary interests

In accordance with the Localism Act 2011 all councillors have to declare their disclosable pecuniary interests and those of their wife/husband/civil partner.

Councillors with a pecuniary interest in relation to any item being discussed at a meeting may remain in the room but must not speak or vote on it.

Dispensations for certain disclosable pecuniary interests

Where most or all of the members on the Council has a pecuniary interest in the business due to be discussed they can apply for a dispensation (eg deciding on the Council’s response to a proposed development that affected the whole, or a large proportion of the parish).

A member must request for a dispensation in writing using the appropriate form and this must be with the Proper Officer by the start of the meeting to which it relates

Copies of declaration forms for Town Councillors are available on request from the Town Clerk

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