There are exciting developments around Beaminster at the moment. Businesses are getting ready to re-open, some never closed. While others wait for the go-ahead before they, too, can join the ranks and welcome visitors and clients and customers back through their doors. And while all this is happening, the Town Council, too, has some exciting new developments to share, of their own.
For the past few months, as part of the Beaminster Community Resilience Plan, the Town Council has coordinated a gallant effort to ensure that nobody in Beaminster is forgotten about, that all businesses have the support they need, that people are fed and cared for, while still doing their day jobs. A big part of this initiative was to deliver shopping to people who were self-isolating, liaising with local businesses who needed help, putting together fruit and vegetable parcels for those who needed them, and more.
And as part of that team was Town Councillor, Craig Monks.
The news comes in today that this week, Craig Monks was elected to the Chairman position of the Beaminster Town Council, taking over the reins from Cllr Chris Turner.
We took the opportunity to find out more about Craig and what he loves most about life in Beaminster.
Life before Beaminster
Craig originally hails from North Devon. Before settling back in the South West, Craig joined the Metropolitan Police when he was 18 years old which saw him move to the capital. Having worked in a number of roles during his 16 years of service in The Met, Craig was involved in a number of High Profile events, working with a wide range of important individuals in Government. Meeting his wife through work, they decided, after the birth of their 2 children, that it was time to change careers and find a new quality of life where they could grow as a family and enjoy time together.
Arriving in Beaminster
Craig and Amy knew they wanted to settle back in the South West, and they’d always planned to ‘come home’ eventually, but quite where ‘home’ was was uncertain at the time. They knew, when the time came to leave the Police, that the time was right to explore their dreams of escaping to the country. Amy had friends and family in West Dorset and, through regular visits to the area, had grown to know the area well, and had loved Beaminster from the moment they first visited.