Councillor Francis Whetstone

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Party: Conservative

Division: Forest Row and Groombridge

Parish: Forest Row ; Frant ; Hartfield ; Rotherfield ; Withyham

Contact information

Home address: 
Bassetts Manor
East Sussex

Phone:  01892 771184


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Committee appointments

Term of Office

  • 01/05/1997 -

Appointments to outside bodies

Additional Information

I was elected councillor for Forest Row in 1997, having moved to Sussex in 1969.


I feel one of the key roles of a councillor is reminding the rest of the county that not all the county faces south to the sea.


But how did I get here?


I have been involved in politics since 1955 when I helped a friend of my father who was standing in the safe Labour seat of Hackney central.


As a councillor, I like to think that, in one or two cases, I have been able to help residents to get a more satisfactory outcome to their problem than they might otherwise have achieved.


My community


The division which I represent is not my community. Given its size, it is not a community and it would be most arrogant of me to consider it to be mine. There is satisfaction in being able to help a resident.


My home life


I am married.


I am a retired former employee of a Lloyds Underwriting Syndicate writing fire insurance in the Room at Lloyds. 


My spare time


I keep myself busy by working in the garden and on the farm.