The Green Party has selected its Candidate for Evesham South in May’s County Council Elections.
He is Bob Rhodes, a member of the party for more than 30 years and longstanding campaigner on climate change and the nurturing of resilient, caring communities.
Often described as a ‘Social Entrepreneur’ – he was the Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 – Bob enjoys an international reputation as a leading thinker and practitioner on deinstitutionalisation and caring communities and speaks on Social Services for the Centre for Welfare Reform think tank.
His 2010 book, Much More to Life than Services, is widely regarded as a handbook for citizens and families who are ill-served by the marketized social care system, and policy makers and practitioners who yearn for sensible change.
A lifelong proponent of participative democracy, Bob believes that democracy is only realised when citizens take part in the life of their communities and the wider world. In his own life, Bob is a Fellow of the Centre Welfare Reform, a Non-Executive Director/Trustee of All Wales People First, an Associate of the Staff College, a Youth Work activist with NABGC, an FRSA, and Trustee/Adviser with several domestic and international NGO’s. He founded and Co-Directs LivesthroughFriends which works with organisations, groups, and individuals to realise our aspirations for a kinder, more interdependent, and sustainable society within which we can all make our contribution and be responsible citizens.
Bob says, “On the County Council I’m going to be tenacious in promoting and fighting for services that nurture caring and resilient communities; and in holding the council to account, especially with regard to the biggest challenges we confront in climate change and the degrading of our ecosystem.”
Representing you in wychavon
The Mid-Worcestershire & the Vale Green Party nominate candidates for the Wychavon District and Parish Local Elections
The area is divided into 12 County Council Divisions,32 district Wards, and 109 parish wards.
We can make a difference
While many voters only turn out for general elections, it is often the results of local elections that have the most significant effect on day-to-day life.
We believe that 'political balance' is a vital component of a strong local council. Lack of balance fails to represent the views and opinions of many of the region's residents.
With your votes, we have started to change the balance of our local Town and District councils so that they better represent the many local people that are concerned with green issues in the region.
Beryl joined the Green Party in 2019 standing for election in the Evesham South Town Councillor by-election.
Beryl says: "I am very saddened and worried by the rapid disappearing of our local shops. It's so handy to be in walking distance of shops. I am worried about our local economy and want to do all I can to see local business thriving.
I live in the ward that I represent and will be sure to always act in the local community's best interests".
Julie has been involved in the Green Party from the early days when it was the "Ecology Party" and was one of the founders of the Evesham Green Party (now expanded to Mid-Worcestershire & The Vale Green Party).
Julie is an active member of the community and champions good causes, including setting up a water refill scheme in Evesham to reduce plastic waste and save people money.
Julie was elected as Town Councillor in 2017 and as a District Councillor in 2019.
Ed was honoured to become one of Evesham's first District Councillors following the May 2019 local elections.
Dedicated to improving his local community, Ed is passionate about preserving Evesham's green corridor of river, parks and fields.
A keen walker, Ed is determined to improve local cycling and walking routes and will campaign for better access to public transport for all and the introduction of a 20mph speed limit.
Norbert started the local Green Party with his wife Julie Tucker because of their love of protecting our environment.
Norbert became the first Green Councillor and has been representing the Green Party in the Bengeworth Ward for many years.
Norbert has enjoyed seeing the rise of the local party and as Treasurer ensures that the pennies and pounds are accounted for.