New Chair for Friends of Lewes

Friends of Lewes, the Town’s Civic Society, founded in 1952 and with over 400 members, has a new Chair. Michael Chartier was elected at last month’s AGM (held online) to replace Robert Cheesman, who had held the post for a remarkable 26 years, as well as standing in for other officers on occasion. The Society and indeed the town are indebted to him for his constancy, industry and direction and wish him well in his new endeavours.

Michael has a very wide experience of the town, having been both a Town and District Councillor for decades, with terms as Mayor and Chair, before retiring from local politics in 2019. He also has had long-term involvement with other voluntary groups in the town, at various times chairing several, including the Sussex Archaeological Society and the Governors at the Old Grammar School.

Current restrictions on face-to-face meetings, arising from the Coronavirus pandemic, mean that one of his first tasks will be to create new ways of furthering the Society’s goals and projects.

Marcus Taylor also retired after 9 years as Honorary Secretary at the AGM in March and has been replaced by Diana Freestone. He had not only undertaken the conventional secretarial duties most efficiently but also taken a leading part in progressing a number of Society projects such as the historic plaques around the town. He also chaired the sub-committee that arranges member events and intends to continue to do this for the foreseeable future.

Michael Chartier
Michael Chartier