‘A plea­sure work­ing with you'

Vol­un­teer­ing was put at the heart of mayoral year

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

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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