The Wiveliscombe Area Partnership (WAP) was formed in 2000 with the aim of improving the general and economic well being of all people in the designated area.
WAP was set up as a 'not-for-profit' company limited by guarantee. Its role has been for the most part as an enabling body for Wiveliscombe and its surrounding area, acting strategically whilst providing specific services delivered out of the Community Office for which it is part funded through Service Level Agreements (SLAs) by District and Parish Councils. In 2010, WAP was awarded full charitable status (Registered Charity No. 1132983).
WAP is managed by a group of executive partners, representatives of the Community as a whole. The Community Office and Wivey Link Community Transport are managed and supported by two part-time staff and a team of local volunteer drivers. The Community Office also receives further back-up from a team of volunteer reception/administration staff as the need arises.
The current serving members of the WAP executive are shown below with a brief summary of their backgrounds:
John Bone - Acting CEO
Proprietor of Hurstone House, a self catering country house and Hurstone Studios, home to a group of contemporary artists and craftspeople. John has lived and worked at Waterrow since 1965, his interests are Heritage, Conservation, The Arts and Community Issues, particularly those affecting young people. Currently Trustee & Chair of Wiveliscombe Town Hall Trust & Chair of Lister House Patient Participation Group
Pauline Homeshaw MBE - Chair of WAP
A Wiveliscombe resident for 22 years, Pauline has a sales and editorial background. She is Chair of the Wiveliscombe Civic Society and also sits on the editorial committee of the Wiveliscombe Messenger and is a presenter on community radio station 10Radio. She is county publicity officer for a SSAFA Forces Help and PCC Secretary for St Andrew's Church. She is Trustee of the Wiveliscombe Town Hall Trust and also runs the biennial 10 Parishes Festival, a celebration of the arts and crafts so prevalent in the 10 Parishes area. Pauline loves theatre and books and she and her husband Bob have a huge interest in gardening.
Eddie Gaines is a director and presenter on 10 Radio, a member of the Wiveliscombe Rotary Club and known to many through his many volunteering activities with the local scout group. He is also chair of the local film society Cinema Obscura . Eddie works in supporting job seekers and employers and also trains older people in using computers & laptops for the first time. Eddie has served the community for three years on Taunton Deane as an Independent - successfully challenging plans to charge for parking in Wiveliscombe. He was an original member of the Wiveliscombe Business group initially set up in the mid 1990's to support the local economy.
Linda has lived in the area for the past 25 years and has been the public face of the Wiveliscombe Community Office for the past 6 years. Initially with a background in merchant banking and stock broking, she then ran her own business until joining the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton as Facilities Manager from 1993 to 2005. Through her interest in riding she was the Area Rights of Way Officer for the British Horse Society for 10 years. She is a School Governor at Cotford St Luke Primary School
A resident of Wiveliscombe since 2008, having moved after 30 years from Berkshire and taking early retirement from a long and wide ranging career in the IT industry. Background includes project and line management in sales, support and customer service, for private and public sector contracts. Roy is a regular driver for Wivey Link with interests in travel, gardening, walking and DIY.
Mary Washington-Smith a retired RAF wing commander, has assumed the responsibilities of Company Secretary since March 2013. Mary brings not only her military administrative skills to the position, but also her experience as Stamford Festival Secretary, as well as the skills learnt as Deputy Chair of Governors at Stamford College of Further Education. She is Vice Chair of Huish Champflower's Parish Council and Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator and enjoys part time work at Wiveliscombe Primary School.
Linda Hatswell is the Wiveliscombe Town Council representative.
Wivey Link Office
In addition to the WAP Executive, the person responsible for running the day to day activities for Wivey Link is:
Jill lives in Cotford St Luke and joined in 2010 as a part-time employee in the Community Office. She manages Wivey Link Community Transport bookings and the scheduling of the volunteer drivers. Her background has been in driving, scheduling and delivery of transport services within the Royal Navy where she has spent much of her career.