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Meet the Parish Clerk and Staff

Oakley & Deane Parish Council employs three permanent members of staff  - our Parish Clerk and two Litter Wardens.  Grounds maintenance of the sports grounds, play areas, burial ground and other open spaces in the village is carried out by contractors as is the maintenance of the two sports pavilions.

Our Parish Clerk is Barbara Bedford

Barbara Bedford Barbara Bedford

Barbara  has been our Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer since October 2015.

Contact details:

  • Address:  87A Oakley Lane, Oakley, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG23 7JT
  • Telephone:  (01256) 780886
  • Mobile:  07983 500372
  • Email:  oakleydeanepc@gmail.com

Responsibilities:  The Clerk is employed by the Council to provide administrative support for the Council's activities and to be a point of contact for residents of and visitors to the village.  Her primary responsibility is to advise the Council on whether its decisions are lawful and to recommend ways in which decisions can be implemented. She can be asked to research topics of concern to the residents and the Council and provide unbiased information to help the Council to make appropriate choices. The Clerk is also the Responsible Financial Officer and as such is responsible for all financial records of the Council and the careful administration of its finances.

Personal statement:  Barbara and husband Keith moved to Oakley from Brighton Hill in 1993. They have two daughters, four grandchildren, a Yorkshire Terrier called Molly and two cats, Lulu and Tess. Barbara worked for Motorola in Basingstoke in various finance roles for almost 18 years, and then for Serco in Hook for 8 years where she was Treasury Manager. Outside of work Barbara's main hobbies are reading, listening to music and knitting. She and her husband enjoy attending music festivals, but she is less happy with the mud than she used to be! 


Our Litter Wardens are Jeff Eastick and Stephen Dyer. 

Jeff has lived in Oakley since the early 1970's and has worked for the Parish Council for many years emptying the bins and clearing litter from the central area of the village  - around the shops and the school.

Stephen lives in Basingstoke and has worked for us since 2014, clearing the bins on the outer edges of the village - Beach Park, Peter Houseman Ground and Newfound.

Between them they work twenty five hours a week, emptying a total of 63 bins - some of them more than once a week!  They are also invaluable in reporting areas around the village requiring the Clerk's attention.