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Parish Councillors

 MIKE KELLOW (Chairman) moved to Upottery initially in 1998. He was educated at Tiverton Grammar School and joined the Midland Bank in 1972, rising to the position of Bank Manager in 1994.He is married to Lynne. He retired from the Bank in 2001 and decided on a complete change of role and started his window cleaning business, which he is still doing to this day. He is Chairman of Upottery Playing Fields Association and also Chairman of Upottery Football Club. He has also been Treasurer of Upottery Cricket Club since 2000 to date. He became a Parish Councillor in 2006 and is a firm believer in openness, clarity and "less red tape".

 PHILIP JOYCE (Deputy Chairman) was born in Upottery in 1953 and moved to Luppitt on marriage in 1977, though keeping strong ties with our village. He has been a member of the Manor Room Committee for over 30 years and its Chairman since 1993. Stalwart of the Cricket Club for over 30 years as Secretary and Chairman. Vice Chairman of the Football Club. He is also one of St Mary's bell-ringers and was elected to the Parish Council in 1999.


 EDWIN BARTLETT (Parish Councillor) came back to Langbridge Farm in 1970, aged 3, where his father and grandfather had been born and which his great grandfather had farmed at the turn of the last Century. Schooled at Upottery, Honiton and Bicton College. Loves village life; is caretaker of the Manor Room and has for many years cut the grass in our churchyard. Has served on the Parish Council since 1999.


CHRIS HUNT (Parish Councillor) and his wife Jane moved to Rawridge from Hampshire in December 2010. Originally trained in Landscape Construction, worked as a contractor for ten years across Hampshire and Wiltshire. Joined Hampshire County Council in 1992 fulfilling various environmental roles In the County Surveyors Department, then moving to the Planning Department before finally ending up running IT Projects for the Environment Department. Has been Parish Footpath Warden since 2011 and Chairman of Upottery Playing Fields since 2014. Currently involved in constructing the new cricket pitch at Glebe Park and chairing the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. Interests include supporting Upottery Football Club, walking and gardening.

 DAVID KEY (District and Parish Councillor) came to Upottery in 1975. Elected to the Parish Council in 1995 and to the East Devon District Council in 1999 where he serves as a District Councillor in his own right as well as being Ward Councillor for the five parishes making up the Otterhead Ward. Among many other interests, his principal experience is in planning and housing, in which his expertise is of enormous value to the Parish Council

  TIM KELLOW (Parish Councillor) Has lived in Rawridge since 2004 and first joined the council in the 2010 election. He is married and has 3 children, two of which attend Upottery primary school. He works for the Otter Brewery in the neighbouring parish, where he is an area sales representative in south and west Devon as well as Cornwall. He is a member of the unite trade union and Exeter city supporters trust. Not affiliated with any political party but considers himself fairly liberal. Keen on providing better sports and play facilities for the parish and improving our access to 21st century broadband.

 GRAHAM LONG (Parish Councillor) has lived in Smeatharpe for ten years. After University, he spent many years in the computer industry and has been a Management Consultant for the past 18 years, running his own consulting business for the last 3 years. Graham is a Trustee and Secretary of Smeatharpe Allotment Trust and has long campaigned for better broadband services in the Blackdowns. He is keen to see Blackdown villages and hamlets develop as modern, thriving, sustainable communities in harmony with the precious environment around them. 

 BRIAN SPILLAR (Parish Councilllor) has lived in Upottery with his wife Shirley since 1962. He was elected to the Parish Council in 1991. Brian has played a key role in the Playing Fields Association and on the Manor Room Committee and was a keen village cricketer. A life-time builder, his professional experience is much valued in the Council’s consideration of numerous planning applications

 KERRY KENNELL (Parish Clerk) has lived in Upottery with her husband Andy since 2001. They have three children, one of whom attends the village school whilst the other two attend Honiton Community College. Kerry is Administrator and Clerk to the Governors at Upottery Primary School and Parish Clerk for Cotleigh Parish Council. Before having children, Kerry was a Support Manager for BT.