The Councillors


Sarah Brown 

My name is Sarah Brown and I am Clerk to the Council.  I have lived in Hopton Wafers since 2001 and together with my husband we have brought our two children up here.

Hopton House, Hopton Wafers, Cleobury Mortimer, DY14 0NA
Tel: 07729 480201



Mark Humpage – Chairman

I was born in Wolverhampton in 1961 and became a Parish Councillor in early 2020 having moved to Hopton Wafers village in 2016 from Ludlow where we had lived for over 30 years. I live with my wife Julie and we have three grown up daughters. We enjoy gardening, walking and golf and much of our free time is spent in the beautiful local countryside.

Before retirement in 2019 we had our own financial services business and before that I worked for 30 years for Lloyds Bank.

We have been impressed by the fantastic community spirit in Hopton Wafers village and I felt that by joining the Parish Council I could represent the community and try to have some influence on local matters for the wellbeing of the neighbourhood.

Tel: 07971 603316


Sue Turner – Vice-Chair

I have been a member of Hopton Wafers Parish Council since July 2013.

I have lived in the area for 30 years, firstly in Cleobury Mortimer and then I moved to Hopton Wafers 12 years ago. I live with my husband Nigel who is the 3rd generation of his family to live and work in Hopton Wafers. I have 2 children who have both attended the local schools.

A farmer’s daughter, I was born in Shropshire and I have lived and worked in this lovely rural county most of my life. I have worked at Ludlow and Kidderminster hospitals as a registered nurse and throughout the county of Shropshire as a trainer, teaching other students.

Twelve years ago I gave up my nursing career, as I wanted a change, to work fulltime with my husband, Nigel, who runs a joinery business in Hopton Wafers, manufacturing wooden gates.

As I work and live in Hopton Wafers, I am very keen to be involved in helping my local community ensuring our rural parish remains a pleasant place to live.


Barry Buffery 

Barry was born in Birmingham and lived most of his working life in Droitwich Spa with his wife Christine and their four sons. They have six wonderful Grandchildren. He has lived in Doddington since 2002.

Barry studied for a Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering and received a distinction, he then became a design engineer specialising in special handling equipment and air conditioning. This led to a career in Technical Sales and became the UK Sales Manager for an International Company and travelled in the UK and parts of Europe.

Barry is passionate about road safety regarding speeding and the environment.

Tel: 07900 791028


Linda Clayton

I have resided in the parish of Hopton Wafers for the past 59 years, living in Doddington. I attended the local primary school at Hopton Wafers and then secondary school in Cleobury Mortimer. I was also the local post lady for the parish for 18 years until recently. I was a county council governor for 9 years and I have been a parish councillor for 25 years. Within this time I achieved, with the support of the then district councillor Mr M Cramp, the speed limit for Doddington and also getting the last remaining original squatters cottage listed, saving an historic cottage from being demolished, with support from Mr A Jenkins. I am passionate that the people’s voices of the parish should be heard and considered in important matters as our parish is very unique.


Tel: 01584 890071


Harold Deane

I was born and bred in the parish, I attended Hopton Wafers Primary School and Lacon Childe School and then went on to Kidderminster College to study Engineering, I worked as an Engineer at Mullers in Cleobury Mortimer for 25 years. I have owned the local garage since 1986, which I run with my wife Pat and my 2 daughters. I have 4 wonderful grandchildren and 2 incredible great – grandchildren.

I have a lifelong love of cars with a particular passion for classic cars.

I am keen to represent the views of our parishioners many of whom I see on a daily basis at my garage business.

I have been on the Parish Council for 32 years, and I have family links within the parish going back many generations.


Tim Evans


Maria Cook

I was born in Birmingham and have lived most of my married life in        Halesowen with my husband and our 2 children. We moved to Hopton Wafers in 2018 where we’ve been made to feel very welcome.

I retired from West Midlands Police in 2019 after 30 years service.  I currently work part time for Christians Against Poverty as a debt coach.    

Since moving here I have been involved in litter picking within the Parish, collecting donations for our local food bank and the renovation of the telephone kiosk in Hopton, into a library.  I look forward to getting to know my neighbours within the Parish.




Paul Blakeway

Hello everybody, Let me tell you a little about myself.

I live in Doddington with my wife Jane. We have two grown up children, a son and daughter and 5 wonderful grandchildren.

Previously, I lived in Bromsgrove for many years prior to moving to Doddington in 2019 after a long search for the right home. Doddington and Hopton Wafers feel like home.

I have worked for a local authority for over 37 years, currently as a Senior Manager where I deal with many varied community matters and initiatives that help people live better lives, so I do have a sense of what local people want to improve their community. I also love motorcycles and raced nationally and now work as an instructor helping other motorcyclists to improve their race track skills and safety. 

I became a Parish Councillor in early 2021 with the hope of being able to support the community in regards to local issues that matter to you. There is a fantastic community spirit in Doddington and Hopton Wafers and I feel that the Parish Council can work to improve matters of concern, for all. 


Andy Jones