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25 Udimore Road, Rye TN31 7DS
t 01797 227724 e c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Granville Bantick was elected to Rye Town Council in 1999 and Rother District Council in 2003-07 as a Councillor for the Liberal Democrats, and previously as Borough Councillor for Maidstone – representing the ward of Headcorn from 1994 to 1998. He moved from Headcorn to Rye in 1998. He is married to Mona and has two married daughters from a previous marriage.
Cllr Bantick sits on Rye Town Council's Policy, Resources & General Purposes Committee. He represents Rye Town Council on the Defend Our Coasts organisation and is a member of the Rye Emergency Action Community Team (REACT).
Cllr Bantick has wide and varied interests which include gardening, sport and travel. He is a member and participant of the Deal Triathlon Club and Rye & District Wheelers. He raises funds for Mencap on sponsored cycle rides abroad, is Chairman of the Campaign for a Democratic Rye and is Secretary of the Friends of Rye Library.
71 Udimore Road, Rye TN31 7EA
t 01797 222554 e c/o email@example.com
John’s ancestor’s can be traced back in Rye for around 500 years. He has been married to Geraldine (nee Miles, also from Rye) for 35 years.
John attended primary and secondary schools in Rye, followed by a degree in Chemistry at London University and, later, a Masters degree in Science Education. He has been a Science teacher for 34 years and has taught at local schools, including Thomas Peacocke Community College. He is currently a full-time science teacher at the Grove School in Hastings.
He is an active member of St Mary’s Church, Rye, a member of the Rye Shakespeare Company and Chairman of the Old Rye Scholars Association.
He has actively campaigned against the closure of the Postern Gate Surgery, public conveniences and the Friary Day Centre - and has been Mayor since May 2010.
He is a keen musician and artist. He has made stained glass windows for many local properties and drew the very popular Town Map for the ‘rye-tourism’ web site. His other interests include reading and gardening.
The Standard Inn, The Mint, Rye TN31 7EN
t 01797 223393 e c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan was born in 1973 in Kensington, London but has lived most of his life in Rye. His family has been in the area for hundreds of years.
Educated locally at Thomas Peacocke School he then went on to study Music and Performance Arts at university. Elected to the Council in a by-election in 1997-98 while working at Thomas Peacocke Community College, he has sat variously on Rye Town Council’s Planning, Safety Advisory, Rye Relief in Need and Tourism Committees.
He has been involved with the Animate Youth Project, Rye Festival, Rye
Shakespeare Company, Rye Singers, Simply Opera, Rye Players, St Mary’s Church, Rye & District Youth Service and raising money for LEPRA during a Rye Medieval Festival.
Jonathan can be seen often performing in Rye and the surrounding area. His hobbies include music, singing, collecting books on magic and sorcery, the history of the Bubonic Plague and Ebay.
Jonathan now runs the busy Standard Inn in the Mint, Rye, is a member of the Rye Bar Watch Scheme and is an associate member of the British Institute of Innkeepers.
|BERNARDINE FIDDIMORE (Deputy Mayor)
8 Doleham Cottages, Doleham Hill, Guestling TN35 4NA
t 01424 814194 e c/o email@example.com
Bernardine (Berni) was educated at the Thomas Peacock School and has been strongly associated with Rye ever since, in the retail and commercial sector and with the local veterinary practice, Cinque Ports Veterninary Associates. She is single with one child and is very aware of the problems faced by lone parents.
Bernardine is the author of several successful children's books and is now moving into publishing. She is associated with The Safer Sussex Community Trust as an advisor in the field of domestic violence, aiming to increase awareness and avoidance techniques for potential victims.
Priorities include the provision of top quality education and facilities for younger people, and the economic means for them to remain living and working in Rye, keeping the community alive and buzzing. Jobs, housing, traffic control, retail planning and general regeneration are all fields of interest, and she would certainly like to see Rye Town Council with a lot more control of these key issues in the Ancient and Beautiful Town.
23 North Salts, Rye TN31 7NU
t 01797 222068 e c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
I was born in Brighton on 3 June 1944 and brought up in Chichester. I married John Wentworth Holmes in London on 11 December 1969. I have four grown up daughters and two grandchildren.
I lived in Icklesham for 30 years and, on the death of my husband, moved into Rye on the 30 November 1999.
I was the County Councillor for Rye between 1994 and 1997 and District Councillor for Camber between 1993 and 1996.
Apart from politics my interests are riding with the Rye Wheelers and supporting a head injury group looking after people with head injuries.
I successfully stood in the April 2006 Town Council bye-election on behalf of the group calling itself Democracy for Rye and was elected to Rother District Council again May 2007- May 2011.
10 Cadborough Cliff, Rye TN31 7EB
t 01797 222562 e c/o email@example.com
Jo has served on the Rye Borough Council and the successor Town Council for 35 Years, being Mayor 1979-82, always standing as an Independent. She is Chairman of the Rye and District Council for Voluntary Service, a Director of Rye Partnership, a Governor of TPCC and a committee member of the Care Centre League of Friends.
Very interested in history, she is involved with the Museum, edited the Rye Memories series and produced the books Ryennium and Rye’s War. She is a graduate of Manchester University, taught at TPCC and Brighton University, and has three children, all educated in Rye. She sings with Rye Singers and St Mary’s Church Choir.
She thinks Rye should be a working town – not just for tourists. Rye should regain control of as many services as possible from Rother DC, with the money to run them, allowing good management and the lowering of our Council Tax.
|LORD AMPTHILL Rye Rother District Councillor
Mountsfield, Rye Hill, Rye TN31 7NH
t 01797 227106 e c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
David Russell, married with two daughters, four step-children and six dogs, was elected to Rye Town Council in July 2003. A former Member of East Grinstead Town Council, he was Mid-Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Community Development 2001-03.
His business career spans books and magazine publishing, and the energy and leisure industries. He was a director of two charities for some 20 years and is a primary school governor and a local steward of race meetings.
He is Chairman of Rother District Council.
|SAM SOUSTER Rye Rother District Councillor
96 Udimore Road, Rye TN31 7DX
t 01797 224305 e c/o email@example.com
Sam was first elected as a District and City Councillor (Lichfield) in 1979 and served for around 8 years before moving away.
He was elected to Rye Town Council in 1999 and has been Chairman of its Leisure & Tourism Committee. He served on Rother District Council between 2003 and 2007 - and was elected again in May 2011.
Formerly, Sam has been a magistrate, school governor and Community Health Council member. Currently he is Chairman of Rye Sports Centre Management Committee and a member of the Rye Harbour Local Nature Reserve Management Committee.
On completing his apprenticeship Sam was an Engineering Officer in the Merchant Navy. On leaving he joined the Central Electricity Generating Board as a Management Services Engineer. After privatization he became a management consultant for Powergen.
Sam’s partner, Rita runs a guesthouse locally, which they share with two cats. They have little free time but both enjoy gardening, walking and reading.