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Council Chairman

Cllr John Edwards-Winser, our rugby mad Chairman, is using his year to promote sport and a local charity.

John is a life-long Otford resident who was born in the village. After attending Otford Primary School, John secured a place at the Judd School in Tonbridge where fell in love with rugby.

John says: “I’ve enjoyed rugby since a young age and while I haven’t played for many years, I still enjoy watching the game. I still follow Tonbridge Juddians’ scores and I try to catch as many games on TV as I can. I’m really keen to promote rugby and the benefits of sport during my year as Chairman. Hopefully I’ll convert a few people into taking up my favourite sport.”

Outside of the rugby, John is a keen beekeeper and is known for his locally produced honey.

After leaving school, John worked in a nearby government research establishment until his retirement in 2004 after which he travelled much of the world.

John was elected to Otford Parish Council in 2007 and four year later, he was elected to Sevenoaks District Council representing Otford and Shoreham and has been a Councillor ever since.

John married Frances in 1968 and together they had three children and now have four grandchildren.

He is also passionate about preserving local history. John is a Trustee of Otford Palace and played a key role in the transfer of the historic remains from the Council to the Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust.

Throughout his year as Chairman, John will be supporting the Kent-based charity Demelza. John says: “I have a family connection with this charity and I’ve seen first-hand how they make such a difference to the lives of desperately ill children and their families. During my year as Chairman, I hope to raise money and the profile of this important organisation.”

John was made Chairman on 21 May 2019.

Contacting the Chairman

The Chairman welcomes invitations to attend community events. 

To invite John, please complete the online form

You can also follow or contact the Chairman via Twitter.

The Vice-Chairman

Cllr Diana Esler, who represents Westerham & Crockham Hill, is the Council's Vice-Chairman.

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