Mr Paul Hedge

Member, Community Services Committee

37 Manor Bridge Court
Tidworth, SP9 7NH 

Tel - 01980 846494


I was born in South Dorset but my parents soon moved to a farm near Gillingham in North Dorset.   I went to school in Gillingham and during this time I helped my Dad on the farm.

After gaining my O levels and 3 A levels, I was accepted at Bradford University to study Pharmacy. Going from a very rural area in the South to a large Northern city was quite a cultural shock but I soon made friends and enjoyed my time at Bradford.  As I was studying a sandwich course during this period, I had two training sessions of six months.  The first working for Beechams in their Research Department in Worthing and then in the Pharmacy Department at Torbay Hospital, Torquay.

After four years at Bradford I gained an Honours Degree in Pharmacy.  My first work after qualifying as a Pharmacist was with Boots in Bristol, as a relief Pharmacist and then as a manager of two stores in Bristol.  This is where I met my wife, Judith, who also worked for Boots.  After 7 or 8 years we decided that maybe our future lay elsewhere than Boots.

We began looking at Pharmacies throughout South West England and after about two years we eventually came across the Pharmacy in Tidworth owned by Mr Warner. So, back in 1985, we bought the Pharmacy in Station Road and we have lived in Tidworth, with our two sons, ever since first of all above the shop and then moving on to Manor Bridge Court when it was first built. During my first year in Tidworth I was asked to join South Tidworth Parish Council and have been part of Tidworth Councils since then, from South Tidworth Parish Council to Tidworth Parish Council and eventually to Tidworth Town Council.

In 1992 we bought a second Pharmacy in Ludgershall. Both Pharmacies have subsequently moved to be adjacent to their town’s health centres.  Owning a business does not leave much spare time however I am involved in local Pharmacy politics in Wiltshire.  My other interests include astronomy, science, science fiction and football (I have supported Bournemouth since I was ten!) and enjoy relaxing whilst watching the TV.