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Stroud Parish Council

Members of the Parish Council


David McKinney

Anne and I lived in Stroud between 1999 and 2017 when we moved to Petersfield. I have been involved with village life helping at social events and becoming a trustee of the village hall looking at ways to improve the facilities and ultimately trying to secure funding for a new hall.

I joined the Parish Council in 2010 with the responsibility as the parish tree warden. In 2011 I became the Vice-Chairman and in 2012 I became the Chairman. The Parish Council is committed to working with the community ensuring we have engagement with the important issues that affect the parish. This has recently included the upgrading of play equipment at the recreation ground in Ramsdean Road, the production of the Parish Plan and more recently community engagement over affordable, sustainable and open market housing in the village. In April 2018 Cala Homes made an application for 30 dwellings (12 affordable or 40% of total) and a village hall, in Ramsdean Road, Stroud. This application was heard and passed in August 2018.


I live with my husband and children on my husband's family farm in Stroud. I currently have children who attend Langrish Primary School, where I am the parent volunteer for the Rights Respecting Committee. I have worked in the local government sector for over ten years. To enhance my knowledge I am currently studying Law at Guildford College. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and history.


Alan Burges

I have lived in Stroud since 1987, having been in Petersfield since 1970 when I worked for Wadham Stringer as a technician in the old Folly Market. I joined White Rose, Sheet as Service Manager in 1979 and White Rose, Petersfield in 2000 as Quality Manager. I retired in 2009 and now have more time for family, hobbies and volunteering.

After my daughter started at Langrish Primary I became more involved in that community, ultimately becoming a Parent Governor in 2009. I believe strongly that we are extremely fortunate to have such a successful school in our village and that the link with the wider community is a vital one. It was through being a governor that I met Chris Snow, then Chair of the Parish Council, and was delighted to take up the opportunity to become a councillor. I have now moved on to become a Community Governor at the school and am currently Vice-Chair of the Parish Council.

My ambition is that the village be actively involved in determining its own future, particularly in relation to the development of the South Downs National Park. Integral to this, I believe, is the provision of affordable housing for local residents, the enforcement of speeding controls (making walking along the A272 a rather safer venture than it currently is!) and the desirability of a village hall as a focal point for the community.


Carl Foulston

Having lived in the Haslemere area previously, I moved to Petersfield and then Stroud with my wife, Liz, in 2002. We enjoy living in the village and can often be seen walking our dog on the many great walks in this area. In my spare time I also enjoy sailing and clay pigeon shooting.

Following a 20 year career in estate agency I decided to change careers in 2010 and took the opportunity to retrain as an electrician and chimney sweep. Since starting my own business I have really enjoyed working with and getting to know people in the local area and this encouraged my decision to stand as a parish councillor in May 2015. I am looking forward to becoming more involved in village life and the local community.


Oliver Howe

I came to live and work in the Parish when Stroud was still part of Petersfield Town Council, and was elected onto the inaugural Stroud Parish Council at it`s formation. My family have grown up in the Parish, both of which attended Langrish Primary School, and TPS before going onto further education. My wife Lesley, now retired, was a local secondary school teacher.

My principal work responsibilities are to manage New Buildings Farm within Stroud, and further afield, manage farms within 3 other Parishes. Outside of work, I have held office in various other organisations as well as the Parish Council, such as the NFU, Petersfield Autumn Show and Petersfield Round Table. My main interests are therefore rurally based, reflecting the parish of Stroud whom I am honoured to represent.



ELISABETH FOULSTON - Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)


I moved to Stroud with my husband Carl in 2002 having previously lived in Hindhead and Petersfield. We very much enjoy living in the village, joining in with village events and also taking our dog on the many great walks available locally.

My career has mainly been Finance based and I have been a Payroll and Pensions Manager in the education sector for over 15 years. I felt I would also like to become more involved in helping the local community and have been Clerk and RFO to the Parish Council since December 2014. I am the only employee of the Parish Council and I currently work 10 hours per week.




Phone No.


David McKinney Chairman, Parish Plan, Village Hall -
Alan Burges Vice Chairman, Bus Shelters, Footpaths, Langrish School -
Carl Foulston Planning, Tree Warden -
Oliver Howe Community Forum -
Vacancy Communications, SDNPA Representative -
Michelle Snow Recreation Ground -

plus, our local county and district councillors:
Nicholas Drew District Councillor 07884113636
Russell Oppenheimer County Councillor 07984 692367