Long-serving Lib Dem and former member of Sevenoaks District and Eynsford Parish Councils Audrey Gee passed away on the morning of Thursday 15th March 2018 – just the day after the funeral of Guy Hart Dyke, another local luminary in Eynsford and Lullingstone.
Audrey had done so much in and for Eynsford and the wider community, including the weekly market. She was an inspiration to all, but she had sadly been in poor health for several years now, meaning she had to reluctantly leave politics and village life to others.
One of Audrey’s fiercest campaigns had been to oppose SDC’s withdrawal of funding for the public toilets in the village. She was always fighting to keep local services alive, such as the pharmacy.
It was also Audrey who valiantly fought off attempts by SDC’s Ian Bigwood to combine Eynsford with Farningham and Horton Kirby & South Darenth into a numerically neutral (for electoral figures’ purposes) 3-seat ward just before 2003, and it still remains separate.
And Audrey was strongly (and successfully) opposed to proposals to cut our refuse collections to fortnightly at a time when it might just have happened, so her legacy is that we stayed and still stay weekly.
Audrey was also a highly effective former Chair of Sevenoaks Lib Dems, and managed to recruit new candidates who then got elected as fellow councillors.
Our thoughts are with Martin, her son, who had been looking after Audrey over recent years.