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 07923 631 596.
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 a vice-chairman, agrees the composition of its committees 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 chairman 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 they can contact the clerk and request that the issue be included on the agenda or discussed in an Open Forum before the council meeting starts. The clerk can be contacted using the form on our contact us page.
New Forest Farm, New Forest Lane, Old Wives Lees, CANTERBURY, Kent, CT48BG / Tel: 01227 730912 or 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.
DR GEOFF MEADEN
Gorewell, Grove Lane, Old Wives Lees, CANTERBURY, Kent, CT48BD / 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.
JANE MARTIN (CHAIR)
Yew Tree Cottage, Denne Manor Lane, Shottenden, CANTERBURY, Kent, CT48JJ / Tel: 07583 642202 or 0845 8688519
A local girl who grew up in Shottenden, and returned here after years abroad and in London and Scotland. I specialise in Marketing and business consulting for hospitality and service based business. My local experience and local knowledge and my 6 years experience on the Borough Council will help massively on planning, housing and simply understanding the issues that matter to local people. I am committed to serve in the best way I can.
8 Cherry Orchard, Old Wives Lees, CANTERBURY, Kent, CT48BQ / Tel: 01227 732515 or 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.