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Patrick Thomas

Chair
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I am a retired police officer and, like a number of my colleagues who were elected in May 2011, this is the first time I have served as a Parish Councillor. I have to report that I am enjoying it immensely! Being married to Linda, the Parish Clerk, means that Council matters are never far from our minds. We moved to The Forge at the top of The Street in Plaxtol five years ago and made a conscious decision to get involved with Village activities from the start. As a result, I tread the boards with the Plaxtol Players as well as serving on the Committee, and am similarly on the Memorial Hall Committee. As a Friend of Plaxtol Church, I seem to spend most of my summers putting up marquees and serving teas and sticky buns. I have been closely involved with negotiations over the siting of the Village allotments. I have found it most rewarding working with my colleagues Rachel Chacon and Jane Denham in assisting our young people to establish a Plaxtol Youth Council and to gain over £2,000 in grants to develop facilities at the recreation ground.My hobbies are golf, walking our two dogs and eating out.
Special Responsibilities: Special Responsibilities: KALC representative; Parish Partnership Panel representative; Joint Parish Councils Transport Consultative Group (JPCTCG); Parish Alliance; Allotments; Highways & Transport
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Roger Simpson

Vice Chair
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My wife, Sue and I, have lived in Plaxtol for over 25 years. We have three grown up children all of whom are currently studying at university. I retired in 2008 after a career in the City, joining the council in April 2009. My intention then and now is to make a contribution to parish life by helping maintain the essential rural character of the area whilst improving the facilities and services available. On behalf of the council I currently attend the Kent Association of Local Councils and the TMBC Parish Partnership Panel meetings and I represent the council on the Village Hall committee. I am also closely involved in reviewing the planning applications within the parish.
Special Responsibilities: KALC representative; Parish Partnership Panel representative; Basted Mill Public Open Space representative; Parish Alliance; Finance
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Marius Carboni

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I rejoined the parish council in the May 2011 elections after a four year gap. I have lived in this area of Kent for nearly 30 years, and am married to a local Plaxtol girl Anna. We have three sons, a cat, four chickens and occasionally a sheep or two! My profession is the music business and since leaving EMI as their head of press and promotion 15 years ago, have run my own Pr and marketing consultancy specialising in the music industry. I also lecture at two universities, and recently had a book and PhD published on these subjects. I was part of a group which put together the Plaxtol Parish Plan and Plaxtol Design Statement and the more recent Plaxtol Planning Update, all published on this website. I care very much for our parish and am especially concerned with the environment and speed on our country roads. The councillors that were elected in 2011 are a superb group of people, all with a wide range of skills which the parish is already benefitting from. It is a privilege to be a parish councillor for Plaxtol.
Special Responsibilities: Joint Parish Councils Transport Consultative Group (JPCTCG); TMBC Joint Standards Committee; CPRE (Local Branch) representative; Planning; Recreation Grounds; Highways & Transport
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Mike Brewin

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After having retired from the Metropolitan Police Civil Staff after 37 years service I decided to become involved with the Plaxtol community. Having been a frequent visitor to Plaxtol I was aware of the welcoming yet busy community spirit and finally decided to move here in 2007. I immediately became involved with the Plaxtol Players and many of you will probably remember me through my occasional appearances. Doubtless I have rubbed shoulders with some of you at various village fetes and functions and I’m sure most of you know my partner Anne who is also active in the village with W.I. and other interests.In 2011 I was persuaded to stand for election to the Parish Council and to my utter astonishment was duly elected. Since then I have been busy with my colleagues in looking after the community’s best interests including a campaign to clean up the streets of dog fouling and preparation of an emergency plan.I think we are privileged to live in such a beautiful village and I along with my colleagues hope to do our very best to protect the Plaxtol way of life and its traditions.
Special Responsibilities: Parish Alliance; Emergency Plan; Planning; Police Liaison & Community Safety

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Jane Denham

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I’m Jane Denham married to Dave and have 3 children, Craig married and in the Royal Engineers, Beth a Marine Conservationist and Amy in her last year at Plaxtol. I have lived in the Village for almost 7 years and am involved in many of the village activities. When Amy started at Plaxtol I was elected as a Parent Governor and have enjoyed taking part in many of the School activities. On leaving school I became a Banker and when the children went to school I retrained and went into education; most recently I went back to college and trained as a chef. My hobbies are walking, all types of sport, cooking and gardening.
Special Responsibilities: Memorial Hall representative; Garratt Memorial Land; Recreation Grounds
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Keith Johnson

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Having been born and brought up in Tonbridge, I moved to Plaxtol just over 40 years ago. Since just before my retirement from the financial services industry in 2005, I have served as a local magistrate on the Central Kent Bench. Now being a retired JP, I have had more time to devote to other local interests and as a result, I joined the Plaxtol Parish Council in 2015. Prior to this, I was asked to become a Tree Warden for the area and it has become a very pleasurable activity, as I have met a good many of the residents in the parish. Being a Tree Warden is also complementary to the work on the council.The village and its surrounding area are important to me and I take great pleasure in walking the many footpaths and byways on a regular basis. To this end, I hope to be able to contribute via the local council in their preservation and that of the village of Plaxtol. Although a driver, I use the local bus services on a regular basis and wish to see them maintained and improved, if at all possible.Special Responsibilities: Basted Mill Public Open Space representative; Memorial Hall representative; Joint Parish Councils Transport Consultative Group (JPCTCG); Highways & Transport
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Julia Cannon

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I have lived in the parish for over 20 years, and live with my husband, two children and assorted animals. There have been many changes in Plaxtol in the time I have lived here, the village has developed and thrived in this time. I worked on the Parish Plan ten years ago, and then the more recent update this year. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful area.
Special Responsibilities: Allotments; Environmental Issues; Planning; Police Liaison & Community Safety; Public Rights of Way
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Mary Anketell

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I am a relative newcomer to Plaxtol, having moved here from Sevenoaks in 2015. It was a move of only six miles but, in many ways, has felt like being transported to a different world with country walks on my doorstep and the opportunity to become part of a friendly village community. My two sons, who visit during their university holidays, have also been delighted with their new rural residence. I currently work part-time from home as a translator, editor and Japanese language tutor, so this leaves me with time to enjoy all that Plaxtol has to offer and hopefully also to make a contribution through my involvement on the parish council. As a newcomer, I am aware this will be a steep learning curve but I believe it will be worth it, as I hope to spend many more years in this beautiful village. I am a member of the Plaxtol WI, the Plaxtol Local History Group, the Shipbourne and Plaxtol Tennis Club and can often be spotted tramping the footpaths that are such a feature of our wonderful parish.Special Responsibilities: CPRE (Local Branch) representative; Environmental Issues, Public Rights of WayDisclosable Pecuniary Interests (MA)