Cllr John Bragg

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Hideaway House

53 St.Georges Rd



CT13 9LE

Tel: 01304 612364


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Councillor Bio

Born in Torquay, Devon, where I spent my early years and education. I studied Pharmacy at Chelsea School of Pharmacy and qualified as a pharmacist in 1950, with a further year to obtain my Fellowship.

National Service called 1952-1953 where I also obtained a further part-time qualification DBA.

In 1953 I joined Glaxo labs in their research division working in the Pharmaceutical Development Department.

In September 1955 I moved to Pfizer, Folkestone, to set up their Pharmaceutical Development laboratory. This then led to me moving to Sandwich in 1958 where I subsequently changed roles at Pfizer and became Sales and Marketing Director for them, joining the Board in 1960. My later roles at Pfizer included General Manager for their European Chemical Division.

In 1971 I joined Calor Gas UK as Managing Director, later joining the Board and becoming Managing Director in 1979 until I retired in 1986.

I was elected to Sandwich Town Council in the 1985 bye-election and I have been re-elected ever since.

I was further elected to Dover District Council to represent Sandwich in 1987. A responsibility I held for 13 years.

My other roles included, Chairman of Canterbury & Thanet Health Authority, later the East Kent Health authority from which I retired in 1996. The Board of Governors for Canterbury Christ Church University College and Trustee for Kent Community Housing Trust (now Avante care), Chairman of Sandwich Port and Haven Commission, Chair of Sandwich United Charity, Sandwich Society Committee member. I further sat on or chaired committees for Sandwich Town Council.

I was elected Mayor of Sandwich and served 1998-2001 which included holding the Speakership of the Cinque Ports. 

I was first married in 1954 and remarried in 1972 after having been widowed. I have three children, two stepchildren, seventeen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. I have been a long time member of Royal St George’s Golf Club (Captain 1998-1999 and President 2012-2015) and received my OBE for services to community in 2008.

I chose Sandwich as an ideal place to live when I came to East Kent in 1955, buying a house in 1958 which I live in to this day. I still think it is the best place to live in England and worth every effort to maintain its identity as a senior Cinque Port and a vital witness of Discovery Park’s growth.

I hope to continue to serve the community of our ancient port and town.

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Joined Council: May 2011

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