Chair­man’s thanks for a whirl­wind year in of­fice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

BUCKS County Coun­cil Chair­man Bill Chap­ple OBE has paid trib­ute to those in the vol­un­tary, civic, busi­ness and com­mu­nity sec­tors, for their con­tri­bu­tion to Buck­ing­hamshire life dur­ing his year in of­fice.

His trib­ute came at a re­cep­tion on Wed­nes­day, May 4 for more than 250 peo­ple a few weeks be­fore he hands the chain of of­fice to suc­ces­sor Chair­man Val Letheren.

Mr Chap­ple told guests at the gath­er­ing, hosted at Hal­ton House cour­tesy of RAF Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Adrian Burns, of the priv­i­lege he felt at be­ing able to serve the county dur­ing the year, in­clud­ing 130 en­gage­ments rang­ing from royal vis­its to lo­cal char­ity events.

He said his whirl­wind year of en­gage­ments had marked sev­eral an­niver­saries in­clud­ing a spe­cial Cit­i­zens’ Cer­e­mony at Taplow Court with the Duke of Glouces­ter to mark the 800th an­niver­sary of the Magna Carta, a gar­den party at Wad­des­don Manor to cel­e­brate 100 years of the Women’s In­sti­tute and a church ser­vice at St Mary’s, Ayles­bury, to mark the Queen’s 90th birth­day.

But there was a sober note.

He told guests his busy year as Chair­man would not have been pos­si­ble with­out a liver trans­plant in 2013 thanks to a donor aged 50 who had died from an aneurysm.

Mr Chap­ple, who suf­fered an un­usual form of cir­rho­sis of the liver 12 years ago, said: “I was so near death that I was not ex­pected to sur­vive. My thanks go to all who wished me well and prayed for me, to my wife Sue and fam­ily who worked like Tro­jans to ma­noeu­vre me back to life, and to my donor lady who gave me my life back.”

The Chair­man ap­pealed to his guests to sign-up to be or­gan donors.

Dur­ing the evening, the RAF Hal­ton Clar­inet Quar­tet pro­vided mu­sic and a C17 Globe­maker trans­port plane made a spe­cial fly-past.

Proud: Bill Chap­ple with may­ors of neigh­bour­ing coun­cils at the re­cep­tion at Hal­ton House

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