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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. From 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 20 and 17), it seemed a good time to move on and I taught and looked after the Sixth Form Careers at St Lawrence College for 16 years. In 2017 i was offered voluntary redundancy and decided to take early retirement. However I can’t sit still and currently work at Wye Free School. 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 Peter Radclyffe
Cllr Rob Searle


Cllr Sonya Smyth