The current Mayor
Cllr Mrs Sue Bell became Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling on 10 May 2022.
Sue Bell and her family have lived in Snodland for many years. She has seen numerous changes, such as the building of Holborough Lakes and Peters Bridge, and loves that Snodland has always remained a vibrant town with an amazing sense of community. She finds the history of Snodland fascinating, as it has evolved from a village into a town and appreciates the beauty of the local area, in particular the North Downs and Leybourne Lakes. Her motto is “I Love Where I Live” and she thoroughly enjoys being involved in supporting the members of this wonderful community.
Sue’s previous careers have included working at a local secondary school and teaching fitness locally for more than 36 years. Alongside fitness, her hobbies include studying history, particularly around the Victorian era, theatre and the arts, visits to historical houses and she enjoys a spot of gardening. She is also a lover of animals, in particular dogs, cats, and donkeys.
Sue is currently the chairperson of Snodland Town Council and Snodland Partnership. As a borough councillor she has sat on various committees at Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and is really looking forward to her year as Mayor of the borough.
Within her councillor roles, she listens to and supports her residents in any way she can, and as Mayor hopes to be even more proactive and provide greater support to residents and the wider community.
She has chosen Tonbridge Dementia Friendly Community as her focus for the year, and they work with all the parishes and towns in the Tonbridge and Malling borough. This condition can affect people of all ages and Sue wishes to show her support to the organisation and to family members.
She would like to express her gratitude and appreciation to her family for their continued support and commitment in her role as both a councillor and as mayor.
She looks forward to serving the community as the Mayor of the borough of Tonbridge and Malling.
The Mayor's charity: Tonbridge Dementia Friendly Community
Tonbridge Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) was set up by local resident, Chris Parker, in 2015. At that time the focus was mainly on raising awareness of the condition amongst the general population and encouraging local businesses to become dementia friendly, by assessing their procedures and premises, to make it possible for a person with dementia to access their business.
The steering group is made up of local residents, business owners, local councillors and representatives from churches and sports clubs. When the Alzheimer's society moved away from providing dementia cafes, peer and carer support groups, Tonbridge DFC moved into that space. With the support of willing partner organisations there are now in excess of 6 cafe style support groups, two active music groups and choirs, and several sporting and wellbeing opportunities every month.
Tonbridge DFC is also active during Dementia Action Week in May and Alzheimer’s awareness month in September. Anyone wishing to take an active part, either by serving on our steering group, or by volunteering can contact Chris Parker by email at email@example.com.