The Current Council

The Current council came into being in May 2024  following the local council election. Details of their Declarations of Interest are now held centrally by Dorset Council and can be viewed here


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Councillor Stephen Corben

First elected September 2004.

I was born in the parish in the house that I now live in with my wife Helen in Castle Avenue Okeford Fitzpaine.
I attended the village school as did my six brothers & three sisters & also both my parents , my mum was born here & my dad came to the village in the earlier 1930s when his dad came as the village policeman.
My trade is cabinet making which I have done all my working life.
I was first elected to the parish council in 2004 winning a by election.
This parish is a lovely place to live as is many parts of our county & as a parish councillor I intend to do my best to keep it a nice place to live for everyone.
I am currently the Chairman of the village football club & have been in that position for the last fifteen years but have been a member of the club for forty three years of its One hundred & nineteen years since it was formed in 1900.
If any parishioners wish to contact me regarding any village matters please do I will do my best to give a fair balanced view .

Councillor R Rowe

I have lived in Okeford Fitzpaine since 2009 and originally came to Dorset to work with cancer projects across the county. I currently work part time as a writer and am an NCTJ trained journalist. My work includes reporting on issues such as housing, heritage, science, local businesses, and rural issues which has given me significant insight into the challenges and opportunities of living and working in North Dorset. I’m currently commissioned to write non fiction books for a major publisher. I also help organise the annual Sturminster Newton Literary Festival.

I’m originally from Cornwall and trained as a nurse in London specialising in heart disease. During my career I have worked as a ward sister in coronary care and accident and emergency in Birmingham, managed a national project on nursing, and worked on major healthcare programmes including research, preventing cancer and diabetes, and setting up new services.

I enjoy walking, writing and travelling and have visited over 60 countries but nothing beats the view from the top of Okeford Hill. Okeford Fitzpaine is a wonderful village to live and I am looking forward to helping shape the future with the community.




Councillor F Light

I was born in Exeter, Devon. I have lived in Okeford Fitzpaine with my partner, Vanessa, for 14 years. Many of you will know me from the Mud Pie Cafe. I served in the Royal Air Force for 12 years followed by 12 years in the Army. My first posting was to Blandford Camp with the Royal Corps of Signals. After my army service I bought a house in Poole. I became a driving instructor forming the New Driver Schools of Motoring in a partnership. After selling the business I became a bus driver working for Damory Buses where I met Vanessa with whom I took up residence in Okeford Fitzpaine in 2007. I fell in love with this beautiful village, joining the local u3a (University of the Third Age) and taking part in community activities. I feel that I can give good service to the parish and its residents of all ages. My concerns are;­

  • The state of hedges, pavements and roads,
  • Planning and infrastructure (including large scale development),
  • Public services (particularly bus services)




Sam Smith Parish Clerk