Finance and Policy Committees
Hartley Wintney Parish Council Projects
Community Bus Focus Team
Councillor Sarah Craig was co-opted to the council in 2019. She is a member of the Planning and Finance Committees in addition to chairing the Policy Committee. During her time on the Council, her focus has been on projects to upgrade the Parish Council Website and to find a way forward for the Community Bus.
Following a first career in HR, Councillor Craig lived in the Middle East and raised a family of three boys. When she returned to work in the 1990s she switched careers becoming a Programme Manager of large scale technology and media related programmes, such as the launch of Channel 5 and the roll out of 4G networks for O2. Just prior to retirement she managed O2 Smart Metering programme.
Councillor Craig moved to Hartley Wintney six years ago. It followed a three year search for the right downsizing opportunity and village location. Hartley Wintney ticked all the boxes. It has a vibrant High Street where you can buy pretty much anything, from moustache wax to pork chops. You can eat out or take away at a different place everyday of the week and there are a selection of different housing types all within walking distance. Add to this the range of sports clubs and walking opportunities in close proximity and you have the ideal location for the couple approaching retirement.
Cllr Craig values the diversity of the Hartley Wintney Community. It is served by a good mix of clubs and activities for young and old and for those with diverse interests. She sees it as vital that the Parish Council supports the wider community as a whole including those that make their living in the village as well as those who make the village their home. She sees the Council’s task as listening to the diverse views of the Community and reaching decisions in the overall interest of the village. The Council must also play its part in supporting the already thriving community of volunteers.
For the future, in the words of David Gorsky who wrote “The Old Village of Hartley Wintney”, Councillor Craig sees Hartley Wintney as a “living village…. adapting itself like a mirror to English History”. The roll of Parish Councillors is to play a part in overseeing how the village adapts while protecting its heritage and above all its community spirit.
Since retiring from the Corporate world three years ago, Councillor Craig has enjoyed “giving something back” through serving as a Parish Councillor. She has rekindled her interest in history through various Oxford University courses. Walking and keeping fit have become a focus and once COVID restrictions are over she intends to get back to the golf lessons she started.