Chairman of the Council

Councillor Jeremy PursehouseThe Chairman and Vice-Chairman represent the Council at local community events and outside functions and are civic roles. Both are appointed for a year at the Annual Meeting of the Council in May.

If you would like to invite the Chairman of the Council to attend a local event, for example to open a fete, make a speech or as a guest, please contact the Chairman's Secretary. Once she has confirmed availability you will need to complete a Chairman's form.

Chairman for 2019-2020

Our new Chairman is Councillor Jeremy Pursehouse, while the Vice-Chairman is Councillor Simon Morrow who represents the Warlingham East, Chelsham and Farleigh Ward.

Councillor Pursehouse has lived in Warlingham for 37 years and represented Warlingham East Ward from 1988 to 2000, which later became Warlingham East, Chelsham & Farleigh Ward, which he represented from 2000 to 2008 and since 2012. He was an Honorary Alderman from 2008-2012.

He has served on a number of council committees and has been Chairman of Planning, Resources and Overview & Scrutiny, as well as Vice-Chairman of Housing. He is also a Warlingham Parish Councillor. 

Councillor Pursehouse is closely involved in many of the main events in Warlingham and is part of the Warlingham Christmas Lights Committee, Warlingham Events Committee, as well as Chairman of Warlingham Fair, Commodore of Warlingham Yacht Club and Chairman of Warlingham Village Hall Management Committee.

His chosen charities for the year are: 

  • Blanchman's Farm Local Nature Reserve. This is an important public open space and a haven of different habitats for native plants and animals. There are two summer meadows, a pond, a central wooded area, hazel coppice, an orchard and horse grazing. The Nature Reserve covers 10 hectares (25 acres). Councillor Pursehouse is a trustee of Blanchman's Farm and part of the management committee.
  • Lingfield Nature Reserve. The reserves occupy a 26 acre site and are a mixture of meadows, hedges and woodland copses and have a wetland area with a number of ponds and small pools, an orchard, a wildflower meadow and a butterfly garden. The reserves are managed to gain maximum benefit for the flora and fauna, with the aim of increasing biodiversity.

Both reserves are owned by the District Council, but are managed by separate voluntary organisations which work hard to maintain their natural environment.

The Chairman has been married for 37 years and has four grown up children. During his year he will be supported by his wife Wendy who will be his Consort.

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