Meet the CBC Councillors for Houghton Hall


When this pair of ladies, Susan Goodchild and Yvonne Farrell won seats on Central Bedfordshire Council last week in Houghton Hall ward lots of Congratulatory messages were posted to Facebook.

On the Central Bedfordshire Liberal Democrats Page, wife of a returning councillor to the Town Council, Patricia Jones, wrote “You two are ‘superheroines.’ My ‘rain dance’ proves it. Ha, ha.” So that was the secret of their success?

The win was perhaps more remarkable for Yvonne since she only won her seat on the Town Council by 8 votes to the Labour candidate Alex Butler in 2018. This time, the result was more astounding, albeit for a different Council, as Yvonne left Mr Butler trailing by almost 300 votes.

And Susan Goodchild, as an original Central Bedfordshire Councillor, is set to continue her work at the Council for another 4 years.

Yvonne Farrell was born and raised in the local village of Sharpenhoe, the daughter of a farmer. She has, however, lived in Houghton Regis since 1989.

After early experience in the legal profession, Yvonne became the secretary to a well-known singing group and worked full time in the entertainment industry. She still acts as an entertainment advisor.
Yvonne was narrowly elected to Houghton Regis Town Council via the by-election in May 2018. As may be expected from her background, she has taken a keen interest in Environment and Leisure matters. She has also brought her experience to bear on the Events Working Group.

Yvonne now sees the opportunity to do more in the field of Community Services. She says “Becoming a Central Bedfordshire Councillor will enable me to help people even more than at the moment. People’s lives often depend on the services the Council provides, and they need to be guided and helped in the right direction”.

Yvonne is a volunteer with a good neighbour scheme and other local groups, and is thankful for the support she received from the community at her time of need. (contact details at CBC website)

Susan Goodchild has lived in Houghton Regis for 58 years and feels “embedded into the local community”.

Susan has served on Bedfordshire County and Central Bedfordshire Councils since 2005 and has a special interest in social care, health and housing.  She also serves on the Council’s Corporate Parenting Panel which supports the Council to ensure that it is fulfilling its duties towards those children looked after corporately.

Susan has served as a school governor for many years and is currently the Chair of Governors at Tithe Farm Primary School.  She is also a member of other community groups which include the local speed and street watch schemes, good neighbour scheme and singing café.

Susan says “I pride myself on having an exemplary record of listening to and standing up for local residents.  I would like to continue to be a strong local voice especially with regard to the things that matter most to our residents, which include the following:
affordable and appropriate housing in the new developments
ensuring that provision for adult social care remains fit for purpose
ensuring that there is some parity between our existing town and the new developments
(contact details at CBC website)

Pat Hamill (Tithe Farm)
see UKIP website

Toni Ryan (Parkside)
see Labour Website