Colin Corbett, Chairman of the Parish Council
Colin Corbett is a Devonian by choice, coming to live in Musbury back in 1973. He met his wife Penny, an ex-teacher in Axminster, while they were both at Reading University. Today Colin is a dairy farmer living in a beautiful old farmhouse (17th century Devon longhouse). He also offers two cottages for holiday rental. One of Colin and Penny’s sons, Rob, runs Musbury’s first ever vineyard at the farm. In the thirty-odd years of living here Colin thinks Musbury has changed remarkably little. The average age of the village resident has probably gone up and certainly there are far fewer working farms but overall it retains much of the quiet charm that first drew him here. Colin is the longest-serving Musbury Parish Councillor. (Written 2009).
Special Responsibilities: Allotments; Finance
Contact: Colin Corbett
Peter Perryman is also a Musbury man through and through. His mother was born and bred here, his father came from Beer and his grandfather was one of the gardeners tending Mountfield House. Peter was born in a house on the Axminster Road and has lived all his life in the village. He went to Musbury Primary School (when Mrs Edwards and Mrs Wallington were the teachers) and has always worked locally. He was a postman for over 18 years, most recently delivering mail in Seaton. He is Chair of the Village Hall Committee and a breeder of budgies and cockatiels in his spare time. Peter has served on the Parish Council since the early 2000s. (2009).
Special Responsibility: Musbury Village Hall.
Matt Craker was co-opted onto Musbury Parish Council at the October 2019 meeting. He was born in the fishing village of Beer and spent his first 23 years there before moving to Colyford and subsequently Colyton prior to the move to Musbury in 2018. He is married to Michelle and they have two boys aged 27 and 15. Matt runs an electrical contracting business and 2019 sees his 30th anniversary as an electrical engineer.
Apart from being a keen amateur builder, Matt enjoys singing in his spare time as part of a Shanty group and is also a keen cyclist in the fair weather as part of a team of four!
Matt was overwhelmed with the welcome he and his family received moving into Musbury; it was quickly apparent that this would be a happy place to put down our roots. He hopes to be a positive addition to the parish and is looking forward to working with the community. (2019).
Special Responsibility: Musbury Community Playing Field.
Contact: Matt Craker
Born in Axminster, Andrew was educated locally and directed his own company in Axminster for 24 years. He is married to Mary and retired six years ago from his employment for 16 years with Somerset County Cricket Club.
Andrew has been Chairman of East Devon District Council, where he was a District Councillor for 36 years & is a former Chairman of Devon County Council.
Andrew served as a Governor at Axe Valley Community College for over 20 years and led the development of Cloakham Lawn Sports Centre which offers sporting and social opportunities for people of all ages.
Andrew is a trustee of Axminster Heritage and Patron of ARC Bereavement Service.
Andrew and Mary have now lived in Musbury for 30 years. Andrew loves life in the village and now that he has retired as a District and County Councillor, he is delighted that he has been co-opted onto Musbury Parish Council. (2024).
Morag was born in Germany, her Dad was from Northern Ireland & served in the British Army whilst her Mum served in the RAF & was from Ottery St Mary. She spent a few years there and in Hereford before moving to Honiton in 1976.
Morag moved to Axminster in 1996 and has lived and worked in Musbury since 2015 where she is now manager of the local shop. She has 2 children, Lana, 27 is in the Army and Kyle, 22 is in the RAF.
Morag spent 4 enjoyable years in the army reserves and still enjoys being active, walking with 2 boisterous dogs. running and spending time at home with the dogs cats and chickens.
Morag loves living in Musbury. She believes it’s a very friendly place to live and she looks forward to contributing to the village by joining the Parish Council & will assume joint responsibility for the Footpaths in Musbury. (2024).
Special Responsibility (joint): Footpaths.
Nigel has lived in Musbury for nearly fifteen years. Following a career as a family doctor in various parts of the country Nigel and his wife Sarah, with the help of several local tradespeople whom they are very grateful to have been slowly renovating their ancient thatched farmhouse in Musbury.
Local community involvement is important to both Nigel & Sarah including volunteering for the Axminster Waffle programme and a local woodland management scheme.
Having been co-opted onto the Parish council at the beginning of February Nigel will assume joint responsibility for the Footpaths in Musbury, many of which he regularly walks with his dog. (2024).
Special Responsibility (joint): Footpaths.
Sue Coombe, Clerk to the Parish Council
Sue Coombe has been appointed to the position of Musbury Parish Clerk with effect from May 2023.
Contact: Sue Coombe