Your local election candidates for Patcham
Your candidates for May 2015 were:
A Patcham Resident since 2004, Hugh has become increasingly involved in the community: He stood for council here in 2011 and won 1,440 votes coming second only to the Conservative Party candidates. Actively engaged with Patcham and Hollingbury Local Action Teams (LAT), Hugh was secretary of Patcham LAT for two years. Hugh is treasurer of Patcham Memorial Hall and heavily involved with its Raise the Roof fundraising appeal. He is also a trustee of Patcham Community Association and is working to develop a small business group in Patcham. Hugh qualified as a chartered accountant in Canada in 1976 and came to England shortly thereafter. He moved to Brighton in 1980 and commuted to London for over 25 years. His adult daughters attended school in Brighton. Hugh maintains an interest in development issues as the Treasurer of Zambian clean water charity villagewater.org
Myles was born in Patcham and attended the Junior school. He did his A levels at Varndean College then studied Politics at University in Manchester, with a particular emphasis on Local Government and how to tackle the problem of apathy among young people. Having lived the greater part of his life in the area where his parents still live has given him a unique resident’s view of the day to day issues facing the community. Working at the ‘Long Man of Wilmington’ has also given him an invaluable insight into grassroots issues in the area. Myles wants to help younger people connect with politics, by providing a fresh voice for younger voters as well as respecting and maintaining the identity of Patcham. He wants to ensure that our local future is well protected, including for young locals to be able to purchase homes in the area. Myles pledges to listen and respond to your concerns.
Rev Anthea Ballam
Anthea is a writer, ordained interfaith minister, and Secretary of the Brighton and Hove Interfaith Contact Group. She carries out rite of passage ceremonies and runs a regular guided meditation group; she also teaches people with serious health problems to use visualisation, meditation and self-hypnosis to enhance their recovery and healing. Originally trained as a journalist, Anthea ran her own marketing company for 16 years. She is a committed environmentalist. In 2000 and 2005 she stood as the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Hove. She has worked as a fundraiser for the Green Party, established the Greenspeak forum and the Green Women group. Anthea is the author of a number of books including two prayer books – Moving Prayers and Quiet Meditations and Words for Funerals. She has a website of funerals readings that is used by people all over the world – funeralstoday.org