Rother District Council Elections 2019: Meet the Candidates

On Saturday 8th December, Rye Branch held selections for their candidates for the upcoming Rother District Council elections in 2019, with the following candidates announced:

Rye and Winchelsea Ward: Cheryl Creaser and Jonathan Lee

Southern Rother: Elaine Lee and Nick Warren

Brede and Udimore: James Cakebread

Sedlescombe and Westfield: Beverley Coupar

Eastern Rother: Bob Ball

(Left to right: Bob Ball, Nick Warren, Jonathan Lee, James Cakebread, Beverley Coupar, Cheryl Creaser, Peter Chowney, Elaine Lee)

Since then, our candidates and members have been working hard and canvassing in Rother, listening to residents and discussing their issues, concerns, and suggestions. Many residents in Rother will have seen or met our candidates, now here’s a chance to get to know them better to know who you’d be voting for in May.

Cheryl Creaser: 

Cheryl lives with her partner Harry in Rye, where she is a Town Councillor and currently Vice Chair of the Council’s Planning Committee.
Cheryl is also a member of the Rye Neighbourhood Plan Working Group (RNP), Human Resources and Heritage Centre Options Working Groups.

Cheryl says “I wish to continue to serve my community to the best of my ability and will use the opportunity to represent, promote and protect the interests of the residents of Rye.”



Jonathan Lee:

Jonathan has lived in Guestling with his wife Elaine for the past 11 years and has lived in the Hastings and Rye area for 35 years. Jonathan is a Retired Nurse and worked at the Conquest Hospital for 28 years.

As Secretary of UNISON Hastings & Eastbourne Healthcare Branch, he has supported staff and campaigned to protect the NHS services locally.

Jonathan says ”I am committed to protect the public services for our community. Only with a strong Labour voice at Rother District Council and Peter Chowney as our MP, will the crucial services we require be maintained and improved.”


Elaine Lee:

Elaine was born in Hastings and has lived in the area all her life. For the past 11 years she has made Guestling her home with her husband Jonathan.

Elaine is the Manager of Christians Against Poverty Life Skills courses in Hastings, and is a member of the Circuit Leadership Team for Hastings, Bexhill and Rye Methodist Churches.

Elaine says: ”With my work with CAP I am aware of the hidden poverty in rural areas and I want to work to alleviate it.”



Nick Warren

Nick lives in Icklesham with his wife Kim, where he is a Parish Councillor and currently Chair of the Council’s Planning Committee.

Nick is the Manager of Hastings Christians Against Poverty Debt Advice Centre, a Senior Street Pastor and an Elder at St Helens Anglican Church in Hastings.

Nick is also Secretary of The Icklesham Trust and Treasurer of the Icklesham Community Land Trust Ltd.



James Cakebread

James is originally from South London and is proud to have made Rye his home for more than 25 years.

James is a retired builder and furniture maker.

James says ”I will always fight against inequality in our country and it is really important that the villages of Brede, Broad Oak and Udimore get their voices heard at Rother District Council”. 

He adds ”Austerity has failed. I will urge for the Introduction of a 100% Council Tax reduction for the poorest Rother residents. So that they do not suffer due to the recklessness of the banks.”



Beverley Coupar

Beverley was born in Hastings and has lived in Sussex all her life. Her home is now in Sedlescombe with her husband James and 2 young children.

Beverley spent 15 years working in the education sector. Supporting young people into education and employment and was an Education manager for the local authority prior to giving up work to be a full time mum. Beverley is a member of the Sedlescombe School PTA.

Beverley says “As a local girl & mother of 2 young children, I want our community to be the best place for my family to grow up in”.


Bob Ball

Bob is a retired scientist who moved with his wife to the area  25 years ago to work for a small company near Battle helping design and manufacture scientific instruments for research applications.  He has lived for the last 11 years in Pett Level.

Bob is very interested in the environment and is a volunteer at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and other conservation organisations.

Bob says: “I love this beautiful area and if elected I would take a special interest in protecting the local environment.”




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