Council Members

Martin Ractliffe, Chair

Martin Ractliffe


Martin is the longest serving member of the Parish Council and is the current Chairman. Martin, along with his wife, operates a self catering holiday cottage business in Sudgrove and has many friends worldwide as a result. He enjoys his role with the Council and is keen to see more community involvement.

Tel: 01285 821322
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Kevin Allin, Vice Chairman

Kevin Allin

Vice Chairman

Kevin left his home in Wales at the age of 16 to join the Royal Air Force, where he stayed until 1998.

In 2001, Kevin and his lovely wife Debbie came to Miserden where they have been warmly welcoming visitors and locals alike at the Carpenter’s Arms ever since.

Their extended family includes six children, 28 grandchildren and two great grandchildren!
In the rare instance of having time to himself, Kevin enjoys sport, especially rugby and horse racing, as well as gardening and cider making.

Richard Dangerfield, Councillor

Richard Dangerfield


Richard lives in The Camp with his partner Vicky, whose family are also long term residents of the community. Between them they have six children and an assortment of horses and dogs! His parents also live in The Camp and Richard is keen to support all members of the local community by being a parish councillor.

Richard has a well established connection with the Miserden area; having lived and worked here for a 20 year period on both the Miserden Estate and also in The Camp from the 1980’s onwards. He moved back home to the area four years ago.

Richard has a farming, equestrian and countryside background. He now works locally at St Rose’s School in Stroud, running their hydrotherapy pool and as a site technician. In his spare time, Richard supports Vicky in her role as a local Headteacher and the family also work together to continue to provide a livery service at Camp Riding Centre, which includes the RDA ponies that provide valuable sessions for the St Rose’s School students.

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Gideon Duberley, Councillor

Gideon Duberley


Gideon is Head Forester for the Miserden Estate and has lived in the village since 2002 with his wife and four children. He has been a Parish Councillor since 2014. He is a governor at Miserden C of E school.

Tel: 01285 821753
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Laura Cobb


You will no doubt recognise this friendly face as she is one half of the dynamic duo that runs our community shop, Miserden Stores and Post Office.
Originally from Reading, Laura and her family moved to the parish in 2007.
Besides fielding questions from locals and tourists alike in her shop, Laura is also an integral part of St Andrew’s church, organising services, training, socials and being a warm, welcoming face of the congregation.
Laura put her name forward for the vacant seat of the council in 2022, and has eagerly learned local government legislation, the ins and outs of planning permission, and has brought a positive voice to the council.
When she’s not at work or volunteering in the community, you’ll find her planting in her garden, spending time with her family and friends, or behind the needle of her sewing machine!

Gwen Durland, Clerk & RFO

Gwen Durland

Clerk & RFO

Gwen became the clerk for the Parish Council in July of 2020.

Originally from the United States, Gwen has lived in the UK since 2005 and has been a resident of Miserden Parish with her children since 2017.
Besides her work for the parish, she also works for Stroud Town Council.
She is an avid animal lover, and if she had spare time, she’d be found drawing and painting in and around the local villages.

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