A warm welcome has been extended to a new Southwater parish councillor who lived in London all his life until moving to Southwater to enjoy a happy retirement in the rural countryside.
Geoffrey Cole, 68, was born and bred in Pinner in Greater London but moved to Southwater with his wife Diana just over ten years ago.
The Bamborough Close resident said it is clear that people who live in the village are happy to stay put.
“Considering we moved in 2002 and the last change of neighbour was after eight and a half years, it shows that no one leaves, which says an awful lot about how happy people are to live here.
“Plus both the couples that have moved in have moved from somewhere else in Southwater.”
Mr Cole does have a prior connection to the area, as he attended Christ’s Hospital school as a child.
He said: “It’s an amazing environment there and I got a brilliant education.”
The parish council voted in Mr Cole in a meeting on Wednesday last week (July 25) and vice chairman Peter Buckley said he was looking forward to having him on the team from September, especially as he would provide a wealth on knowledge in building after working as a quantity surveyor.
Mr Cole has said: “I have an understanding about how builders work and I have worked for commercial developers so I am looking forward to getting involved with planning .
“With the problem of the skatepark I can provide a source of knowledge about the costs and materials.”
Hobbies for Mr Cole include genealogy, photography, and ‘not very good golf’ and if he had to take part in any Olympic event it would be the target shooting, which he learnt at Christ’s Hospital.