About us

Neighbourhood Plan Working Party members


Don Crossman      I have been in New Buckenham for 16 years.   I am a retired money/foreign exchange broker having worked at home and abroad.  I am a parish councillor with a keen interest in architecture and buildings in general, with the well being of New Buckenham close to my heart.

Mary Dowson      New Buckenham resident for 30+ years.  Retired laboratory manager, Medical Microbiology, NNUH.  I am treasurer of New Buckenham Players, a member of Parish News editorial team and a parish councillor.  Enjoy a drink at the pub, theatre and sport – mostly watching these days!

Violet Highton        Lived in New Buckenham for 16 years. Was in WRNS during war then three years in Angola when first married. Farmed in Forncett for 18 years. Parish and district councillor. Primary school governor 40 years. Ran B&B in Wattlefield for 10 years. CAB adviser 30 years, latterly Trustee. Interests – travel, gardening, reading and village life.

The Working Party is sad to report the death of Violet early in 2021.

Trish Mallett    Having lived overseas for some 25 years I moved to New Buckenham eight years ago. I have spent some time in London working in publishing, the North Sea oil business and for a well known auction house. (Trish has now left the village and is no longer part of the team).

Trish left the Working Party in 2020 when she moved away from the village.

Mary Manning      I moved to New Buckenham a couple of years ago from rural North Yorkshire. I have previously lived and worked in Europe and the Far East, raised a family in Surrey, and enjoyed 25 years working in a variety of management roles in central London, latterly as Executive Director of a leading scientific academy.

Charles Oxley (project lead)     A New Buckenham resident for nearly 40 years and former local family doctor. I’ve been involved in village events, organisations and charities, and have undertaken major professional and community projects. I’m interested in the arts, village and family history, and enjoy travel and the local produce of France and Italy.

Robert St John Cooper       A Londoner by birth I have been a resident of New Buckenham for 20 years.  I am an engineer and currently work for a science technology company.  Along the way I have organised exhibitions, managed restaurants and baked croissants for a living.

Janet Trewin      New Buckenham resident for 30 years. Investigative journalist, presenter and reporter for TV and radio. Author and voice-over artist. Crisis management, media consultant and lecturer. Partnered Ross for 35 fabby years. Mother of two children. Interests in wildlife and politics… or is that the same thing?

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