New councillors bring Cranbrook Town Council up to full strength

PUBLISHED: 06:55 15 January 2018

Cllr Sam Hawkins. Picture: Contributed.

Cllr Sam Hawkins. Picture: Contributed.


Three new councillors have joined Cranbrook Town Council (CTC).

Cllr Barry Rogers. Picture: Contributed.Cllr Barry Rogers. Picture: Contributed.

It’s the first time ‘in quite a while’ that the council has been at full strength, with 12 councillors.

Cllr Sam Hawkins was co-opted at CTC’s November 20 meeting. He grew up in Exeter, attended university in Bristol and moved to Cranbrook in 2016. He works in the business recovery and insolvency department of a local firm of chartered accountants. “I joined CTC to be able to have an active part in the town’s future, helping it to grow and thrive,” said Sam.

Cllr Barry Rogers – who’s lived in Cranbrook for two and a half years – was co-opted at CTC’s December 18 meeting. He’s recently retired from the petroleum industry. “Throughout my working career, I’ve tried to balance the necessity for industry and employment with the needs of the local communities,” he said. “Now retired, I believe I can bring a reflective and mature view to the council’s considerations.”

Cllr Sarah Gunn was co-opted at CTC’s meeting on December 18. Sarah – who moved to Cranbrook in 2014 – works for a local charity. One of the original members of CTC, appointed in May 2015, she stood down last January due to family issues. She believes that Cranbrook ‘can be a town renowned for innovation and a fantastic, inclusive and vibrant place to live and work’. She says she’s ‘proud to be part of a modern, engaged and energetic council’.

Cllr Sarah Gunn. Picture: Contributed.Cllr Sarah Gunn. Picture: Contributed.

“I’m delighted to welcome all three of our new councillors to the town council,” said Kevin Blakey, CTC’s chairman. “We now have a full complement of 12 councillors for the first time in quite a while. Sam brings financial experience and knowledge, while Barry brings a wealth of experience gained in international business. Sarah has returned to the council after a break and her previous experience will be invaluable.

“I have no doubt that all three will make significant contributions to the ever-increasing workload. 2018 will be a busy year for us, and it is pleasing that we now have a full membership of capable councillors to share the responsibilities. I wish our newest members well in their endeavours.”

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 18:42

Beautiful Days, the ‘perfect festival for families’ has done it again with three days of fabulous live music and all-round entertainment.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

A motorist whose van rolled into a wall in Honiton was found after police took to the sky to track him down.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30

The secretary of Honiton Rugby Football Club is trying to take a positive note out an episode in which three ‘feral’ youths burned out one of its containers.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:01

Silhouettes pay tribute to local servicemen who fought in The Geat War

Read more
Yesterday, 13:16

A collision between two vehicles caused the A35 Axminster to be closed for around two hours - but the A-road has now re-opened.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:35

A committee meeting to determine how Honiton will continue to evolve in the future is being held for the first time this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:01

Housebuilders donate a further £3,800 to the League of Friends

Read more
Sunday, August 19, 2018

Almost 100 bikes roared up to Cranberry Farm as part of a show put on by Cranbrook Motorcycle Riders.

Read more
Sunday, August 19, 2018

Villagers turn out in force to support their traditional community event

Read more
Sunday, August 19, 2018

The A30 is closed both ways this afternoon (Sunday) due to a road traffic collision between Honiton and Monkton.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 20°C

min temp: 16°C

Useful Links

Photo Orders
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Devon Freewheelers

Devon Freewheelers

Read Online

Read the Cranbrook Herald e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications