Cllr Robert Dryden
City Councillor for Cherry Hinton
I’ve served continuously on the City Council since May 1995, and am proud to represent residents in Cherry Hinton. I came to Cherry Hinton in 1954 and have spent most of my life here, attending schools in Cambridge and studying at the Cambridge Arts & Technology College for four years, which is now ARU. I’ve also been a magistrate on the Cambridge bench since 2005. I’m married to Sandra, who was a nurse at the Rosie Maternity Hospital for 22 years, and we have four children. I worked for the National Health Service for over 18 years. I’m also president and a trustee of the Fulbourn Hospital Sports & Social Club and was a governor at Addenbrookes for 2 years.
I’ve organised several major fundraising activities for local charities including the Arthur Rank Hospice at Home scheme, St John’s Ambulance, Magpas, Press Relief and the Addenbrooke’s Breast Cancer Unit.
During my time as a councillor, I spent 20 years on the Planning Committee and served as chairman for the last two years. I’ve been been the mayor of Cambridge three times and had the honour of being the 800th Mayor of Cambridge. I’m active in my Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for the area, and served as chair of the Cherry Hinton Residents’ Association (in fact, I’m still on the committee). I’m a member of the Cherry Hinton Branch of the Royal British Legion and of the “Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall”. I’ve also been a governor of the Spinney School for over 13 years.
I’m now a Director of Cherry Hinton Community Benefit Society that is in the process of building a brand new community hub for our village – this will be such a positive development for Cherry Hinton and will make a real difference to residents.