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Join Berkhamsted Citizens

Our Town Needs You!

The membership, elect annually a small, enthusiastic team to lead our activities. Do join the organisation to lend your expertise and enthusiasm to protect our town. In addition, we make sure we have lots of fun and get to know each other well, so that we can work together effectively. Check our events page for opportunities to say hello in person or drop our secretary an email at

Listed on this page are the people that drive the Berkhamsted Citizens project forward in the community.

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Lindy Weinreb Chair, Berkhamsted Citizens

Lindy has lived in Berkhamsted by the canal since 1965. Created and ran Bridgewater Boats for twenty eight years and her own public relations company for eleven years. She was a Berkhamsted Town Councillor from 1995, (Mayor for the Millennium Year), instigated and chaired the Canal and Riverside Partnership. Chairman of Berkhamsted Citizens Association. Trustee of the Swan Youth Project. Served on the statutory body which advised DEFRA on inland waterways. Keenly interested in planning and the environment where we love to live.

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Paul Crosland Vice Chairman

Paul trained as a Quantity Surveyor and has been with Gardiner & Theobald LLP since 1984, and a Partner since 2005. He has been involved from a commercial and cost management viewpoint on a number of medium- and large-scale construction projects in the retail, commercial, energy, transport and sports sectors. These have been both within the United Kingdom and overseas, in Indonesia, Dubai, Argentina and The Netherlands. Paul is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (1987). He lives in Berkhamsted and is a committee member of the Berkhamsted Citizens Association, he is a member of Transition Town Berkhamsted.

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Christopher Talbot Ponsonby Membership Secretary

I have been on the Citizens committee since 1988 and Membership Secretary since 1990 I was elected as a Town Councillor from 1999 to 2007, and served as Chairman of Planning for seven years. My other involvements include Trustee and Treasurer of the Berkhamsted Town Hall Trust, Treasurer of Fairtrade Berkhamsted and Trustee of Northchurch Social Centre. I am now retired having worked for 45 years; four years in catering and a year with Lloyds Bank in Berkhamsted. I spent the greater part of my career as a Civil / Public Servant, first with Department of the Environment before moving to English Heritage when it was formed in 1984.

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Miranda Cummins Secretary to Berkhamsted Citizens

I have lived in Berkhamsted for 60 years and attended Ashlyns School. I am married with two married sons and two grandchildren who also live in the town. I have been secretary of Berkhamsted Citizens for nearly 30 years. Having worked in publishing and education for most of my working life, I took a course in horticulture fourteen years ago and now work part-time as a gardener, which I enjoy very much.

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Christine Manning Treasurer

Born in North London, went to Latymer Grammar school leaving at 16, working in London for 6 yrs. Moved to Aylesbury when married husband Peter in 1972 and to Berkhamsted in 1979 to work for a local Accountancy firm whilst studying for my professional exams. Was a Council Member for Institute of Accounting Staff and then Association of Accounting Technicians. After I left work to have son David in 1984, Ken Sherwood first involved me in Berkhamsted community life as Finance Manager of the Town Hall Trust. I started my own accountancy practice in 1987. Now retired, I have been active committee member for Berkhamsted branch of Save The Children for 23 years and Treasurer for BCA since 2001. Hobbies are walking with friends, bridge and gardening.

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Barbara Gainsley Events Organiser

Barbara started at the BBC whilst waiting to go to university- and stayed there for almost 20 years! As a Vision Mixer and then a Studio Director she has worked on a wide variety of programmes, ranging from sports to Question Time and many in between. She has experience of organising many television shoots, and taking large crews abroad to film. She has lived in Berkhamsted for three years, and enjoys contributing to the Citizens during her busy retirement.

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Rita Jones

I moved from London to Berkhamsted in 1984, a place I had known from walks in Ashridge. I realized that I could get to my work near Euston as quickly as I could on the crowded Underground from the suburbs and have the lovely countryside on my doorstep. I have lived in west, then north London, apart from a spell in Sunderland, where I qualified as a pharmacist, and then worked in in London in retail pharmacy, but mainly in London teaching hospitals. I joined the BCA soon after I moved here and have been on the committee for 26 years, serving as Chairman for 2 years and organizing Activities for several years. I am also on the committees of the Local History and Museum Society and the Archaeology Society and chair the Dacorum National Osteoporosis Society Support Group. I gained a Diploma in Local History from The Institute of Adult Education at Cambridge University and still take short history courses there. It is still a pleasure to notice that street lights stop after Hemel Hempstead, and you know London has been left behind. We should try to keep it that way.

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Mischke Weinreb Photographer / Videographer

Mischke was born in Berkhamsted went to Westbrook Hay and Tring School, then Chelsea School of Art followed by a BA from Central School of Speech and Drama, in Drama and Theatre in Education. Prior to throwing her energies into DeeTV she created her own theatre group with fellow graduates. During her teenage years in Berkhamsted she chaired the Berkhamsted Youth Town Council of which she is now President and was active in the setting up of the Swan Youth Centre where she is now a trustee. She now has her own commercial videography company www.moviesbymischke.com

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Susan Johnson Chairman of Townscape

Susan joined the BCA as soon as she moved to Berkhamsted in 1981 and has served altogether 24 years on the main Committee and 27 years on TASC/Townscape. She has been Chairman of the BCA on six occasions (2000-2002, 2010-2012 and 2014-2016) and has previously/subsequently been Vice-Chairman and Activities co-ordinator. She has also represented the organisation on various other bodies. She is currently Chairman of Townscape; and sits on the Castle Liaison Group and is a nominated Trustee of the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust. Susan didn't want her picture up!