The Council

Parish Lengthsman - The Parish Council have a lengthsman who carries out work for the Council. This includes cutting back vegetation around signs, unblocking grilles and rodding drains. Councillor members liaise with the lengthsman to establish what work is required.


Our Councillors do not have any special responsibilities

Netherbury Councillors

Robert Bowditch

Robert Bowditch


01308 488214

Register of Interest

Robert has lived in the Netherbury parish since 1968, firstly at North Bowood and since 1984 at Parnham Farm. Robert is a farmer with dairying being the main enterprise. The farm also has a flock of sheep and rears beef cattle and dairy replacements. Robert’s family are involved on the farm and all live locally. Robert has been on the parish council since the 1970s and loves the West Dorset area that we live in. The Netherbury Parish villages have slowly changed over the years but have still managed to maintain their character.

Richard King

Richard King

Vice Chairman

01308 488025

Register of Interest

Richard has lived in Netherbury for over 20 years. He has been a Parish Councillor since September 2011 and Vice Chairman since May 2012. Richard is a local solicitor. He is very happy to make himself available to discuss with parishioners any matters at all concerning the Parish.

Graham Hawkins

Graham was born in and has lived in Netherbury all his life. He has been a bell ringer since 1962 and is now the team captain. He has been on the village hall committee since 1962 and has been chairman since 1988. Graham has been a councillor since 1992. Graham is also a trustee for Netherbury Charities.

Kevin Goodfellow

Kevin has lived in Dorset all his life and moved to Higher Silkhay in 1990 where he farms organically.

Clare Handford

Clare has lived in the area for over 10 years. Clare is an active member of the local Community through being a Governor at Salway Ash School, Member of Netherbury Playing Field Committee, the Local Weldmar Hospicecare Committee and Netherbury Players.

Salwayash Councillors

Bob Huxter

Bob Huxter

01308 488295

Register of Interest

Bob has been a councillor for over 40 years and has a wealth of knowledge about the area.  Bob is probably the one councillor most residents of Salway Ash will know.

Yvonne Dyke

Yvonne married into one of the long standing local farming families. Yvonne has been closely involved with village activities for many years.

Peter Bailey

Peter was born, and has lived and worked all his life in West Dorset moving to Salway Ash in 2003.  A Netherbury Parish Councilor for over ten year, he has also been involved in the village life as a member of both the village hall and the fete committees.  He is committed to helping the local community where he can, and happy for anyone to contact him regarding local issues. 

Caroline Pearce

Caroline is a relative newcomer only having lived in Salway Ash for ten years. She works as the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Jurassic Coast Trust which sees her working with a wide range of local organisations and people. She was greatly involved with the school and takes a great interest in helping with functions within the community.

Melplash Councillors

Chris David

The garage in Melplash has been in the family since 1936. Chris took it over in 1994.

Mark Rogers

Mark is an orchardist and beekeeper. Mark has farmed all his life and is of fourth generation local farming stock. Often found amongst the apple trees in Melplash, helping out with local events or chasing bees around in his little shed. Please go and say hello if there is anything that you would like asked on your behalf at a parish level or if you feel that you would like to be represented regarding any local matters.

Ward Councillor:
Anthony Alford
01308  488319