It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of our past chairman Jessica Page. This has come very shortly after the death of her husband, Tony Page, only a few weeks ago.

Jessica was an Effingham Parish Councillor and Effingham Ward Borough Councillor. She was Chairman of Effingham Parish Council from 2000 to 2004. She was elected to Tony’s Borough Council seat after his retirement in 1995 and served as Effingham Borough Councillor from 1995 to 1999. Jessica was born and brought up locally and was a formidable fighter for Effingham. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jessica’s family and friends at this time.

Tony Page, who died a few weeks ago, was an Effingham Parish Councillor, and Chairman of the Effingham Parish Council from 1968 to 1980. Tony served as the Surrey County Councillor for the Horsleys Division, as a Guildford Rural District Councillor (1966-68) and as Guildford Borough Councillor (1983 -95) for Effingham Ward until he retired from the Borough Council in 1995.

 Tony was Mayor of Guildford in 1992-93 and served on the Planning Committee between 1983-84 and 1995 and was Vice-Chairman of that Committee between 1987-88 and 1990-91. He represented the Council as a Governor of Trinity Hospital and also on the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Trust for a number of years. On 1 October 2003, the Council conferred the title of Honorary Alderman on Tony in recognition of his eminent service rendered to the Council both as a councillor and as past Mayor of the Borough.

We will remember Jessica and Tony for their service to Effingham and Guildford, and  for representing the interests of Effingham and its residents over many years.  

Ian Symes

Chairman, Effingham Parish Council