Serving Chilham, Old Wives Lees & Shottenden 

Meet The Chilham Parish Council Team 

Chilham Parish Council consists of 9 elected councillors. They are unpaid and volunteer their time to work on behalf of the parishioners of Chilham with the various agencies that affect the quality of life in the parish. The press should contact the clerk in the first instance regarding any parish council issue via the feedback form on the how are we doing page or by telephone on 07376377687. 
Councillors serve a maximum term of 4 years before they need to seek re-election to continue. The current 4 year term started in May 2019 and runs until April 2023. The first meeting of each council year (the AGM) is held in May and at this meeting the council elects a Chairman and Deputy Chairman, agrees the composition of its Committees and Working Groups and appoints representatives to various village or local organisations. 
Parish Council meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month and are held in either Chilham or Old Wives Lees village hall. The public and press are cordially invited to attend but are not allowed to address the meeting unless - in special circumstances - the Chair adjourns the meeting to allow this. Disclosable Pecuniary Interests for all parish councillors are held on the Ashford Borough Council website and can be viewed by clicking here. If parishioners wish to bring an issue to the attention of the council they can either contact one of the councillors, or the parish clerk, and request that the issue be included on the agenda or discussed in the Parishioners Questions section during the metting. The clerk can be contacted using the form on our contact us page. 
Doug Marriot


Tel: 01227 730912 / 07860 331834 
Doug and his wife Jane have lived in Old Wives Lees since 1987 and have two children educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Faversham. Jane was Councillor for Downs North Ward for 16 years and is now an Honorary Alderman of the Borough. When she stood down as Ward Member Doug was elected as Councillor, leaving in 2015 after 4 years service. Doug joined the Chilham Parish 
Council in 2015. Doug’s manifesto is to work for improving community benefits generally with interests in community infrastructure, road safety, fair representation of society in areas such as planning and protecting the environment. He is a champion of holding public bodies to account. 
Doug is a Chartered Engineer running his own International Consultancy Company.  
Geoff Meaden


Tel: 01227 752275 
Geoff is a retired university lecturer whose main interests were Bio-geography, Climate Change and the geographic aspects of marine fisheries. He is now actively engaged with green issues, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), the Canterbury Society and local planning issues. His relaxation mostly involves cycling and supplying wood for a very hungry wood burning stove. 
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Tel: 07843 065624 
A British citizen, Greg is originally from Colorado and moved from New York City to London in 2000. After a decade of visiting friends in Chilham, Greg and his husband Christian Magg acquired Well Cottage on Taylors Hill adjacent to Chilham Square in August 2019. Since that time, he has taken a keen interest in the village, co-founding The Tudor Peacock wine shop last year in the hopes of bringing commercial life to Chilham Square. Since lock down commenced in March 2020, Greg has made Chilham his home and he is currently restoring 16th century Well Cottage and looking forward to restoring Tudor Lodge to its 14th century origins. 
Greg's keen interest in history and architecture led him to Chilham but it is the strong sense of community in Chilham and it's potential that led him to campaign with the slogan: Together We Build a Vibrant Community. 


Life long resident of Chilham Parish and busy mother of 4 children. Attended school in Chilham and subsequently went on to gain a college qualification in psychology. I believe I have good people skills with experience of working in a commercial environment. I am looking forward to participating in the work of Chilham Parish Council with integrity, embracing diversity in its membership, being open minded and prepared to stand up for my beliefs. My particular passion among Chilham Parish Council business is the Youth Initiative, working to establish a programme to engage and develop the citizens of the future. 

Paul Coles 

Clerk to Chilham Parish Council 


I’ve lived and grown up in our Parish for 45 years. My early education was at the Rudolph Steiner School (Perry Court) and later in Chilham. Subsequently I became a college trained complimentary therapist and counsellor. I am immensely fortunate to have benefited from community activities and organisations which include the Girls Friendly Society (GFS), church choir and the Chilham Players. Work experience includes the Chilham Castle Tea Rooms and running the village pub in Old Wives Lees. I am passionate about creating a community like the one in which I grew up where we value voluntary service and opportunities for paid work. Finally, an interesting fact about me - I was Carnival Queen at the Chilham May Fayre for two years running. Looking forward to the future I want to work with Chilham Parish Council to deliver a programme of activities and events which will engage and challenge our young people to grow and develop as citizens of the future. 
Jill Schofield


Tel: 01227 732515 / 07779 539617 
I am a retired Civil Servant and have lived in Old Wives Lees for 23 years with my husband Jim, and dog Teddy. I have served as a Chilham Parish Councillor for the last four years, and have been the Parish Council’s representative on OWL Village Hall Committee, and have helped with various community events they have arranged. My main aim is to help keep and maintain the villages as clean and safe environments for people to live in. 
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01227 732489 / 07597 915825  
I am a retired Emergency Ambulance Technician and have lived in Old Wives Lees for 8 years with my wife Margery. I have served as a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for 4 years, and have been on the Old Wives Lees Village Hall Committee for 3 years. My main reason for joining the Parish Council is to help build a community for all residents to enjoy and be proud of. 
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Tel: 01227 730912 
I have lived in Old Wives Lees for 33 years. After 16 years as Ward Member with Ashford Borough Council, 8 years as Chairman of Planning, I decided to stand down and pursue other interests. 
After a long break, I have now been elected a Member of Chilham Parish Council. A big thank you to all those residents who voted for me. 
As a member of the parish council, I will: 
• Work with the communities of Shottenden, Old Wives Lees and Chilham 
• Seek to reduce the parish council budget 
• Petition Kent County Council to provide a safe pedestrian crossing of the A252 for children walking to school in Chilham 
• Seek to prevent inappropriate development 
• Seek a practical solution to reduce the cost to Chilham Parish Council for upkeep of Taylors Hill car park toilets. 
• Seek the wooded land by the A252 which currently provides a soft edge to the village. 
Sarah Topley-Dixon

Sarah Topley-Dixon  

Former communications officer for Kent Police - resident in parish for just over 11 years (Old Wives Lees). Mother to two sons and grandmother of two. Interests - organising events of all types for the community, participating in parish life, bringing all 3 villages together as a parish, meeting all our lovely parishioners, being hands on with tasks such as such as painting the benches and maintaining the phone boxes to keep communal areas as attractive as possible. I want to work with Chilham Parish Council to help find the best solutions possible. 
Communications is a big favourite of mine - I enjoy chatting to everyone! 


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