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Cllr Gordon Bryant (Chairman)
“Although born in Shoreham, Sussex, I was brought-up in St Nicholas at Wade from 1962 to 1974.  I attended Simon Langton Grammar School in Canterbury and after O levels joined the staff of The TSB.  After doing schools liaison work for the bank, I found this was something I seemed to be quite good at and left in 1985 to complete a four year Bachelor of Education (with honours) degree in Business Education.  My first teaching job was at Dartford Grammar School For Boys when I was offered the opportunity to start a new department.  When I married in 1993, my wife and I purchased 2 Rose Cottages in The Length, and a year later I was offered the position of Head of Business Studies at Sandwich Technology School.  When my two children came along (now aged 17 and 14), it seemed a good time to move on and I have been teaching and looking after the Sixth Form Careers at St Lawrence College since 2001. Having spent thirty-four years in the village and played for Saints football club from 1977 to 1985, I think I have some experience and knowledge that I can offer to any ‘new comers’ or DFLs as they are affectionately know in our house.”

 

Cllr Paticia Cheniston
“From 10 years old I reguarly visited St Nicholas at Wade and got to know every square inch of the village, chatting to villagers about how it was in the “old days”. The chatting continues to this day and I was often asked to intervene at the Parish Council on behalf on villagers before I became a Cllr. I’m friendly and easy-going but can’t bear liars and thieves. I was a keen gardener until my spine broke and took up art instead. I love painting and animals.”

 

Cllr Peter Evans 
 

 

Cllr Andrew Field

“I was raised in south east London, where I attended school and College. I trained as a mechanical engineer in motor vehicle design. I completed an apprenticeship at Land Rover and went on to work with classic car restoration. 
A brief spell owning a garage, led me to the institute of vehicle recovery, where I became a trainer. I later joined the AA as a patrolman and worked in the City and west end of London, including working on the Queens fleet at Buckingham Palace. I became a trainer and was responsible for developing child seat saftey and teaching road saftey at workshops in primary schools in London.
A car accident broke my spine in 2005 and led me to retiring to Kent. I moved to St Nicholas-at-wade in 2010 and now am a trustee and board member at a large charity. I champion the rights of disabled and vulnerable people and I am a school governor at a local school. I am Married to Lisa with a son and a daughter due in April 2016.”

 

Cllr Peter Radclyffe
 
Cllr Rob Searle

 

Cllr Sonya Smyth
 

 

 

Paul Drake (Clerk to the Council)

“I took over as the Clerk to the Council in March 2015. I retired from Sussex Police in late 2014 after thirty years service then moved to the area with my wife Tracey soon afterwards to begin a new chapter in our life. I have two grown up daughters who still live in Sussex. I am enjoying organising and co-ordinating a number of initiatives to improve village life and meeting lots of new people. I intend to continue being as visible as possible around the villages doing whatever I can to deal pro-actively with any issues that I find or those that are bought to my attention so look out for me when I’m out and about on foot, on my bike or driving around in my car.”