‘A pleasure working with you'
Volunteering was put at the heart of mayoral year
CHESHAM’S outgoing mayor has called the town a ‘special place’ and has paid tribute to its voluntary groups and community spirit.
Councillor Peter Hudson handed over his mayoral chain to fellow Conservative Councillor Noel Brown on Monday (May 16) evening after 12 months in the role.
He said: “I can’t believe a year has passed by so quickly. I have thoroughly enjoyed my term of office and the opportunity to serve the good people of Chesham.
“I put volunteering at the heart of my mayoral year and have had the privilege of meeting many dedicated local people and community groups who work so hard for our town all year round. There are far too many groups to name them all, but I hope I’ve been able to give a little voice to some of them and shone a light on their great work.
“People are often surprised when they discover how much these groups contribute. Without them, Chesham would be a much poorer place.
“Our newest Freeman of Chesham, Phil Folly, is a shining example of Chesham’s volunteering and community minded spirit.” Mr Hudson added: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with a brand new Chesham Town Council during my year as mayor, a group full of energy and keen to get things done and tackle the concerns of residents. I’m proud of what has been achieved so far, especially bringing the council closer to the people through taking control of more services locally, such as verge cutting, and also a new ‘can do’ attitude and a desire to lead on issues affecting the town rather than looking to others to tackle the towns challenges.
“I’ve learnt many things during the past year, but most of all, I now truly appreciate what a special place Chesham is and how fortunate I am to live here.
“Our town has its challenges, like any town, but unlike just any town, Chesham is full of people who truly care and where community spirit is strong.
“I’ve been very proud to represent a town where people rally so quickly in the face of adversity, most recently seen in the house fire in Lowndes Avenue, or the quick action to restore the town’s defaced war memorial.
“I look forward to continuing to play my part as a local councillor as I hand on the mayoral chain my successor, safe in the knowledge that Councillor Noel Brown is a man of many years’ experience, having already given 40 years of public service to Chesham.
“To all the community groups I have spent time with over the last year, I say thank you for all you do. To the people of Chesham I say, carry on caring. You all make Chesham great.”
During his mayoral year, Mr Hudson raised £5,000 for the Amersham-based charity Dreamflight as well as £500 for the Cheshambased charity SPACE Support Chesham and £500 for The Chesham Sick Poor Fund.
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