Pic above - l to R - Juliet Bullimore, Sarah Quinlan , Bob Jackson, Dilys Hall with Linda & Richard Ginn seated at the public consultation, Westleton Church March 2019
For some years the parish nurse here was Linda Ginn, the vicar’s wife. In the course of her work she identified a need: a significant number of older people were well enough to be living independently, and wanted to stay in the village, but in varying degrees felt lonely and isolated, their houses no longer right for them, and would have liked more regular social contact, with some availability of support. The glebe land behind the vicarage was unused, so she lobbied the Diocese to lease the glebe land so that it could be developed to provide suitable living for older members of the community. Despite her efforts, nothing came of this, her husband Richard retired, and they left the village in 2014. Following up Linda’s ideas two years later, Juliet Bullimore found that many local people shared these concerns, and were keen for such a solution, and a group was formed to explore what could be done and to raise it on the public agenda. When the Diocese decided that the site was indeed surplus to their requirements and proposed to sell the Vicarage and its land as a whole, the group realised that it needed more professional expertise. At this juncture, Sarah Quinlan offered her services, and Glebe Meadow Westleton CIC Ltd was formed to acquire the site and bring Linda’s vision to fruition.
The CIC has a management team consisisting of -
Juliet Bullimore - I moved from East Bergholt to Westleton in 2007 and have always enjoyed village life and community projects. I hope to remain living in Westleton for the rest of my life.
Dilys Hall * - Weekender from 2000 and full time resident of Westleton since 2011. Work experience mainly in the public sector, including the British Tourist Authority and Ministry of Defence. I spent most of my working life in NHS/Higher Education, supporting medical and nursing staff and students in the use of information resoures, IT and AV. Managed a budget of £2m and staff of 56.
Jennifer Humphreys * - Jennifer is a solicitor and notary public at Marshall Hatchick in Saxmundham, dealing with general private client work.
Robert Jackson * - resident in Westleton for 40 years, during most of which time I have run a second hand bookshop from my home in the former Chapel. My background was as a painter and writer.
Sarah Quinlan * - resident of Westleton since 2010, ex City banker, set up the Suffolk Tourist Guide in 2007 & sold it in 2016. Involved in property development & management since 1992. I will act as the Project Director for Glebe Meadow as I'm passionate about how property can enhance peoples lives. Also a non-executive director of Equality Works Ltd since 2001
* Also directors of the CIC
Glebe Meadow is a Community Interest Company established to buy the former Vicarage in the heart of Westleton and convert it into the social hub for a new development of 20 modern, age appropriate homes for locals aged at least 65.