Chair

Mrs Judith Farr 

Judith Farr

Judith was a civil servant with the Department of Work and Pensions, having worked there since she left university. Judith took early retirement in 2019 and has not looked back as Stebbing has so much to offer and for individuals to give. Stebbing has a first class community spirit which was heighted during the COVID outbreak.

Judith was Chair of the Parish Council from May 2019 to May 2021, becoming chair again in 2022 when the incumbent moved away from the village. Judith, along with other Councillors  were re-elected (un contested) at the 4 yearly election in 2023 and remains chairman. Judith is on the on the Highways Committee, Greener Stebbing Committee, member of the Village Hall Committee, member of the Stebbing Neighbourhood Steering Group which has now had its plan 'Made' by UDC in 2022.

Not only is Judith a regular volunteer in the Community Village Shop but also chair of the village shop committee.

Judith is happily married to Adrian, they have lived in Stebbing for over 25 years and hope for many more.

Judith had a very demanding job entailing lots of travelling, so her home, village and garden  is her refuge which she wants to protect.

 

Vice Chair

Mrs Sandi Merifield

 

Sandi a retired teacher has lived in Stebbing with her husband Peter and their family for over 25 years. She has always enjoyed being part of our village community from being a member of some of the many clubs and societies, to serving on their committees or helping fund raise. Most recently organising the Poppy Appeal and as a member of the Stebbing Fete committee.

She joined the Parish Council in 2007 and has served on most of its’ committees as both member and has also chaired the Greens and Planning committees. Sandi believes that there will always be change, but it must be change that keeps the rural nature of the village, conserving its heritage but that adapts to the needs of housing demands but also to our environment and our climate.

Councillors

Mr Ernest Howard 

Ernest has lived in the village for over half a century and has seen many changes over the years, some good, some not so good.  The village has expanded over the years and will continue to do so, but he believes we must get housing that caters for younger people for these are the villagers who will keep this a good place to live in supporting the great many clubs and amenities that we enjoy and all the benefits of a rural life.

After leaving the army Ernest went to live in Canada, and this along with the other travels has given him an open outlook on life.  He ran a small wholesale business in Dunmow for many years before retiring and was a member of the Dunmow Round Table and Dunmow 41Club for many years.  Over the years he has been a member of many of the village clubs, but at the moment is restricted to just the Bowls Club.

Ernest has been a member of the Parish Council for a number of years and takes a special interest in Stebbing Green. In the past he has been a Governor of Stebbing school, a long time member and Chairman of the Stebbing Society and the footpath representative for the parish. He believes the most pressing problem at the moment is the volume of traffic that appears to cut through the village and most important of all the speeding of these vehicles.

 

Mrs Christina Cant

Christina Cant

Christina is retired after working in finance for various oil companies. She has lived in Stebbing for over 50 years and has always been involved in village life. She is married to John with two daughters who live and work in London.

Christina has represented Stebbing on Uttlesford District Council and was a member of it's Planning Committee for 19 years which included chairing the committee throughout the 35 million passenger application for Stansted Airport. Christina has been a member of Stebbing Parish Council for many years and a school governor, and is passionate about the advantages of growing up and living in a small socially cohesive community.

Christina has recently been honoured by Uttlesford District Council when she was made an Alderwoman of Uttlesford.

 

Mr Gary Spilman