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In my family’s footsteps

Cllr Elizabeth Sneath followed tradition by becoming a councillor and it’s made her life complete

Being a councillor is in my blood! My father, Peter Bray, was county council chairman in 2002 and my mother served as the first lady chairman of Pinchbeck Parish Council in the 1960s.

Cllr Elizabeth Sneath

Cllr Elizabeth Sneath, pictured at St Mary’s Church in Pinchbeck

My uncle, Tom Bray, was a district councillor here for 43 years.

I was first elected to South Holland District Council in 2011 and then Lincolnshire County Council in 2013, so I feel I’m carrying on a family tradition.

With this background, being involved practically in my local community is second nature to me - you definitely get out of life what you put in!

I’m very proud to be from Pinchbeck and have deep roots here. I was born and raised in the village with my three sisters, and my family go back many generations.

I also help run the family business - a funeral directors established by my grandfather, Guy Bray, in 1922.

I lost my husband Michael 14 years ago and brought up our three children on my own, so I know how difficult things can be for families.

That’s why it’s so important to back facilities in our towns and villages. I was one of the founders of the Tulip Suite Hospice Wing when the new Johnson Hospital was built in Spalding. The hospice is a cause very close to my heart following my personal experience of bereavement.

Locally, I actively support Pinchbeck Community Hub and Library. This has become a real focal point for the village, and is well used by families and as an events venue. I’ve also recently become an “adopter” at Spalding station, where I’m part of a team of volunteers working to keep it attractive for users.

On this subject, I’m keen to see better rail links from the town to Lincoln and further afield. This is important for both general passengers and business.

As a local businesswoman and farmer’s wife for 25 years, encouraging Lincolnshire’s prosperity is important to me. My strong links with the rural economy are very useful in my role as a member of the council’s Economic Scrutiny Committee.

I’m pleased that I can use my depth of local knowledge and life experience for the benefit of others. There’s no doubt that I’m very busy, but being a councillor has made my life complete

Cllr Elizabeth Sneath is the Conservative councillor for the Spalding Elloe division on Lincolnshire County Council. She is vice-chairman of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Economic Scrutiny Committee and the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education.

To contact Cllr Sneath, who has three grown-up children and three grandsons, phone 01775 640309 or email



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