Profile of Councillor Bryan Lodge
I was born and raised in Hackenthorpe and have lived in Frecheville since 1989. Married for twenty seven years and with two adult sons, I’ve always taken an active role in local community events whether through Schools, Church, Scouts or with family and friends in supporting events, and now as a local councillor.
Growing up in Hackenthorpe, I’ve fond memories of helping my dad and others from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with the bingo stall at the old Hackenthorpe Gala (that’s what makes it so special in seeing the recent revival of the event!) and also going along to Frecheville Carnival. As a cub and scout with 221st Frecheville Scouts, I participated in both these events parades, later entering floats with friends and neighbours in to the Carnival as “Fox Lane Friends”. My links to the Frecheville scouts was re-established when I returned to Sheffield after studying in London and took up roles originally as an Assistant Scout Leader and eventually as Group Scout Leader.
I attended St John Fisher Primary school and so it was great that my two sons could follow in the footsteps of me and my brothers and sister to attend the same school. I joined the parents support group to help fundraise for the school and took on the role of Chair. I served as a governor at the school, initially as a parent governor then as a foundation governor nominated by the church, for over twelve years. I’m now a governor at Birley Spa Community Primary School.
Along with my wife, for many years we were involved in fundraising activities for our church and helped coordinate the summer fairs and Christmas Bazaar events.
Having worked in many hotels and restaurants in Sheffield and further afield, I joined McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd as a management trainee in 1987 and spent twenty years managing restaurants across South Yorkshire and a five year spell in the regional Human Resources department. Now self employed, I split my time between council duties and my sandwich shop on Division Street in Sheffield city centre.
My own involvement in community activities makes me appreciate the commitment shown by volunteers who do so much across our area. I’ve always offered support to groups and organisations across the Birley ward, including ‘Friends of’ groups, community associations, tenants and residents associations, sheltered housing schemes, church groups, schools and sports clubs. I’m committed to ensure we have a strong voice for our area and working with my fellow ward councillors and Clive Betts MP, I will make representations on behalf of residents.
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