Chains of power handed over at an­nual meet­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE new chair­man and vice chair­man – coun­cil­lors Bill Chap­ple and Val Letheren – have taken of­fice at Bucks County Coun­cil.

They re­ceived their chains of of­fice at the an­nual coun­cil meet­ing on Thurs­day, May 21.

Mr Chap­ple, a county coun­cil­lor for 38 years, who rep­re­sents As­ton Clin­ton and Bier­ton, paid trib­ute to Zahir Mo­hammed’s year in of­fice, dur­ing which he led cel­e­bra­tions of the county coun­cil’s 125th an­niver­sary.

Dur­ing his own year in of­fice, Mr Chap­ple wants to show grat­i­tude to the county coun­cil’s 1,200 vol­un­teers, cel­e­brate com­mu­nity mile­stones, such as the cen­te­nary of the Women’s In­sti­tute, and show staff how ap­pre­ci­ated they are in their roles.

He said: “I’ve had the priv­i­lege of work­ing with our of­fi­cers over 38 years and I want to hold on to that close bond and ex­press my per­sonal grat­i­tude. And to our vol­un­teers, who are the back­bone of our county and en­hance our high rep­u­ta­tion, I want to show our thanks.”

Mr Chap­ple, a fa­ther and grand­fa­ther, also aims to sup­port the rep­u­ta­tion of schools in the county which, he says, are renowned for high stan­dards.

The new chair­man’s cho­sen char­ity dur­ing his year of of­fice is the Bri­tish Liver Trust.

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