Andy Aylott

Throughout the 42 years that Andy Aylott has lived in Stratton he has always been keen to promote village life and community involvement. During this time he has accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge relating to local matters and concerns. Andy has been either councillor, chairman or vice chairman of Stratton Parish Council, for 19 of the last 23 years along with a 15 year stint as organiser of the Stratton Summer Fayre. Andy helped to start the current Stratton Youth Club and besides his present tenure as a parish councillor, his longest and still continuing service, is as the Chairman and Treasurer of the Stratton Village Hall Charity, a position he has held for some 30 years. Prior to retirement, Andy worked as a local authority accountant with Dorset County Council.

5 Carpenters Close

01305 260054

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Cheryl Hobbs
Vice Chairman

Cheryl Hobbs has lived in Stratton since 2003 although her connection to Dorset goes back to the early 1920’s when her grandparents moved to Winfrith Newburgh. Prior to retirement, Cheryl worked for Dorset County Council managing services for older people and has over 35 years experience in the caring professions. Since being co-opted onto Stratton Parish Council in January 2015 and then re-elected in the same year, Cheryl has held the Council brief for social care and crime prevention. Committed to preserving Dorset’s natural heritage, Cheryl is a staunch supporter of the campaign for a Dorset and East Devon National Park.

6 Locks Lane

01305 260848

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Matt Garner

Originally from Hertfordshire, Matt moved to Stratton in 2012 & was co-opted onto the Parish Council in 2020.

A Chartered Building Surveyor by training, Matt is currently the Divisional Managing Director for Education at Sodexo, providing support services to Schools & Collages across the UK & Ireland. Matt is also a qualified Coach/Mentor.

Outside of work Matt loves the great outdoors, raising over £2000 for the Dorset & Somerset air ambulance completing the national 3 peaks with friends. Often seen walking around the village, on the allotment he shares with his partner Karen or in the Saxon Arms Matt’s decision to join the council was founded on the belief that for a community to thrive, those who are able to should make a contribution to its sustainability & diversity.

4 Penn Hill View



Tel: 07969 561001 & 01305 259642


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Simon Joslin
Simon and his family moved to Stratton in the Summer of 2014 after really spreading his wings and moving out of Dorchester for the first time in his life aged 43!, although his family did hail from Stratton and another West Dorset village Rampisham up until the 1970s. 
A committed father of two children and two labradors with his wife Mandy who teaches at Charminster Primary School is a keen sportsman who is passionate about sport and in particular Cricket, Rugby and Table Tennis and other interests include gardening along with being a keen Bath Rugby Fan and Real Ale enthusiast who assured his wife The Saxon had nothing to do whatsoever as to why he was so keen to move to the village!! 
Simon is also a qualified coach who runs the Junior Section of Dorchester Cricket Club having been on the committee for over 25 years and accessed several grants to improve facilities which hopefully with this experience can secure some funding for the village.
Along with being employed in the Prison Service at HMP Dorchester and HMP The Verne for the past 24 years he is also a committed trade union representative and regularly lobby's MP's to improve working conditions for staff and to improve public services. I would dearly love to see the return of the bus services to rural villages when the country's finances recover after the pandemic to give a lifeline to those who need it and will be hopefully planting a seed and writing to our local MP to try and fight our cause for this to return at some point.  
Please get in touch and if I can help with anything to assist the village . I will certainly try my best!

11 Pen Hill View
01305 262850
Vacant Position for Councillor

If you can spare some time to help the village please consider applying to be a Councillor.

Please contact the Parish Clerk for details.

David Northover
Parish Clerk

Mr David Northover has been appointed as Stratton Parish Council’s parish clerk.  David has considerable experience in this area of work and is currently a Committee Clerk at Dorset Council. Although now living in Dorchester, David has strong connections with both Stratton and Maiden Newton areas. David has a wide range of interests including writing, walking, farming, gamekeeping, shooting, record collecting, natural history, photography and numismatics and he looks forward to getting to know our parish more thoroughly.

Tel: 01305 541581


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