Fransham Parish Council





The seven parish councillors are listed below. Any issues should be directed to the Clerk in the first instance.

Fransham Parish Councillors






Mr Richard Watts


Tel: 01362 681917

Richard has been resident in Great Fransham with his wife since 2017

and have recently celebrated the arrival of a daughter.

He is an Operations Manager at a manufacturing firm based in Kings Lynn and also a part time flying instructor at a school in Norwich. 
Richard joined the council with a wish to maintain the character of the area and ensure the voices of the local residents are heard. 


Mr Russell James


Tel: 01362 687148

Russell is married with three children and after graduating in applied physics, he spent his career in the electronics industry where, for the last part of the time he ran a technical consultancy business.  After retiring he took on the role of Clerk to a large parish council in West Norfolk where he gained his certificate in Local Council Administration, helping that council to obtain quality status.  He also took on the chairmanship of a Norfolk classic car club and became a volunteer driver on the North Norfolk Railway.  He moved to Norfolk from Cambridgeshire 20 years ago and has been a member of Fransham Parish council since 2013 years, six as chairman and now vice chair.  His council interests include planning and furthering community engagement.

Mr James Sheringham

Tel: 01760 722159

James is a local farmer who has lived in Fransham for many years. He has served on the Parish Council for a long time and is a previous Chairman. He is also involved in the local Church and the Fransham in Relief Charity.


Mrs Emma Spratt

Tel: 01362 687791

I have lived in Fransham for over 30 years. I am married to a pig, sheep and arable farmer. I have two adult children. My son works on our farm and my daughter is setting up her own business, a gym on our farm.
I help with riding for the disabled and am very interested in sport, following Norwich City football Club, and the countryside.
I hope I can listen to our community and invest time to improve Fransham.




Mr Gerry Taylor

Tel: 07711 082373

Gerry is a local businessman who has served on the Parish Council since 2017. 

Mr Andrew Lake

Tel: 01362 687537

Andrew was born in Norfolk and has been resident in Little Fransham for over forty years. Now semi-retired, he has spent his working life in agriculture, horticulture and engineering. He is married with one son.

He has been a member of the Parish Council for over thirty years and is a past Chairman.

Councillor's register of interests can be found on the Breckland Council website.

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The Role of a Councillor


A councillor is a member of the council and is normally elected for a term of four years.  People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their parish council work. A councillor is an unpaid voluntary role.

They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area. In Fransham we are able to have seven councillors.


Local councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term ‘local council’ is synonymous with ‘parish council’, ‘town council’ and ‘community council’.

The Role of the Clerk


The Clerk is the ‘Proper Officer’ of the Council who is responsible for the smooth running of the Council’s business. They are the first point of contact for the Council and all correspondence comes to the Clerk.


Responsibility for implementing the decisions of the Council rests with the Clerk, along with giving professional guidance where necessary whilst remaining neutral and discrete. The Clerk is also responsible for financial management.


The Clerk prepares, circulates and displays agendas in public places. They sign notices and summonses with a list of business to be transacted but does not have the power to fix the meetings of the Council. The Clerk is required to attend meetings, take minutes, keep Council minutes in a book and hold other documents.