The Mayor

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Photo of the mayor on the night of her election. Wearing her civic council chains in the meeting chamber of the parish council.

 

 

Councillor Dr. Merilyn Canet 

My enthusiasm for protecting our environment started many years ago when my parents bought a farm at Sundridge. My sister is the Farmer now. I went to school at Walthamstow Hall where I was a keen member of their Young Farmers' Club when not studying. My interests in science and health led me to study dentistry at Guys Hospital Dental School, London University. I spent my entire professional life as a dentist .

I returned to live in Sevenoaks with my two young daughters, buying a semi-derelict house near their school where, after it had been repaired, I started my own practice. We lived above it and also shared the house with a series of students. My elder daughter lives in London and the younger lives with her very sporty family in Otford.

I have been actively involved in politics since 1983 when I joined the Liberal Democratic Party , and was elected as a Town Councillor in 1987. Later in 19911 was elected as a District Councillor and re­elected as a Town Councillor becoming Town Mayor 1992.1 was part of the Liberal Democrat+ Labour coalition that ran the District Council for 4 years.

I have been especially keen on allotment gardening and growing my own food as I did as a child. I have recently handed my plot back after 25 years, for new gardeners to occupy and enjoy.Now there are the pleasures of watching my grandchildren grow up, fortunately they live in Otford.l still play golf and walking football in our beautiful countryside. The house that I built for my retirement, has a garden which although tiny, grows food for me and friends to enjoy.

There is much good music making in Sevenoaks, I especially like the classical repertoire and some jazz.As a member of U3A since I retired, I learnt to sculpt and latterly paint. I attend science, discussion groups and computing too. 

We face challenges both locally and nationally to our planet which must be met for the sake of our children and grandchildren. Our environment both natural and built must be cherished now.I will continue to campaign for this and to for a better narrative for older people including suitable housing , transport, social activities , working, and adequate health care.
I am glad to be able to put effort into our community and to try to make it good place to live , work and play.

Mayor's Blog

Spring 2021

Published: 26 May 21

Mayor's Blog Spring 2021 Read More...

Cllr Dr Merilyn Canet Mayor Elect 2021/22

Cllr Dr Merilyn Canet Mayor Elect 2021/22

Published: 5 May 21

Councillor Dr Merilyn Canet has been elected the new Mayor of Sevenoaks on Tuesday 4th May 2021. Read More...

April 2020

April 2020

Published: 30 Apr 20

I hope you and your family and friends are coping with the continuing lockdown and at the same time discovering new interests and hobbies. I’d like to mention a proposed activity designed for children asking them to help us brighten up Sevenoaks as soon as lockdown ends. Read More...

January 2020

January 2020

Published: 18 Mar 20

we have had a somewhat eventful time on a national level, including a General Election and the passage of the Brexit Bill. I am proud to say that, whatever the individual views of councillors on these great issues of state, your Town Council has remained relentlessly focused on serving our local residents on local issues as well as we possibly can. Read More...

November 2019

November 2019

Published: 30 Nov 19

I can’t resist mentioning my solo attempt to imitate The Beatles Abbey Road zebra crossing walk – all in support of the wonderful Lewis project, which helps address mental health issues through music therapy. Read More...

August 2019

August 2019

Published: 30 Aug 19

The wonderful thing about being Mayor of Sevenoaks is that one is given a privileged opportunity to witness at first hand all the fantastic work that local residents are doing – very often on a voluntary basis – to support our local community. Read More...

May 2019

May 2019

Published: 20 May 19

It is an honour to have been elected Mayor of Sevenoaks and to have the opportunity over the coming year, both to promote the town, and to thank all those who contribute in a myriad of ways to building and supporting our local community. Read More...

Cllr Nicholas Busvine elected as Mayor of Sevenoaks

Cllr Nicholas Busvine elected as Mayor of Sevenoaks

Published: 14 May 19

Cllr Nicholas Busvine OBE has been elected as Mayor of Sevenoaks for the ensuing civic year. Read More...