Phil Folly, Green Party Candidate for Newtown, Chesham
Phil is a founder member of the local Green Party and involved with a huge number of activities in Chesham and is out and about in the town every day volunteering in many ways. This earned him the Chesham People's award in 2010, and a nomination for the 2013 'Pride of Bucks' Award.
"I attend Town Council full meetings in the public gallery and many other committee meetings and AGMs, and I am an avid reader of the minutes. I could say my main interest is Chesham! If I am elected to be a Newtown councillor it would be a great honour. We have lived just off the Berkhamsted Road for 30 years and many people talk to me about issues concerning them. Residents and shopkeepers alike are exasperated by the litter and anti-social behaviour, and reduction in police station opening hours.”
Some of Phil Folly’s roles and activities for Chesham:
Chesham Over 50s Positive Action Group) Vice-Chair. Helps with advice and talks for over 50s. Helps with transport.
Chesham Environmental Group Chair. Organises working parties.eg. clearing the River Chess of silt; and the ‘litterpick’ around Newtown and Nashleigh Hill in early April; and he works with the councils on environmental issues which arise and liaises regarding graffiti, fly-tipping.
Chesham Flood Action Group active member
Chesham in Bloom active member
Friends of Lowndes Park Treasurer. Phil attends the monthly working party, maintains the gardens, etc, planting of nature areas eg ‘Spring into Action’ initiative.
Friends of Chesham Cemetery Active member. Maintenance including older graves and railings; wild flower area.
Transition Town Chesham Treasurer, one of the organisers of the local produce market in conjunction with Chesham Town Council for which they collected a national award last year. Helps man the TTC stall at the monthly market. He organised the cycle ride through Chesham to promote the need for safe cycling routes.
Good Neighbour scheme Active member. Helps the elderly with shopping and transport to the doctor’s and hospital.
NAG (Neighbourhood Action Group) Attends group meetings held with a Community Support Officer and police officer.
Chesham Allotments Phil is famed for his Quizmaster role at social events, and he organises a treasure hunt for children at the annual open day.
Walkers are Welcome Phil was responsible for bringing this national initiative to encourage walking visitors to Chesham.
Litter-picking Tidies up litter several times a week in Chesham parks, The Moor, and the litter he has found accumulating behind the Chess Medical Centre.