Com­mu­nity co­he­sion is new mayor’s aim

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON Coun­cil has wel­comed its new Mayor for 2016-17, who hopes to ‘en­cour­age co­he­sion’ in the bor­ough in the year ahead.

Con­ser­va­tive Ick­en­ham ward coun­cil­lor, John Hens­ley, was elected at the coun­cil’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing on Thurs­day, with his wife Diane Hens­ley join­ing him as May­oress.

The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Carol Melvin and her hus­band and con­sort An­drew were also in­au­gu­rated.

Cllr Hens­ley takes over the may­oralty from Cllr Ge­orge Cooper, who raised £102,000 for his cho­sen char­i­ties dur­ing his term.

He said: “It’s a great priv­i­lege and honour to

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries be elected as Mayor and serve res­i­dents.

“One of my key aims for the year is to en­cour­age co­he­sion within Hilling­don’s com­mu­nity.

“I hope that dur­ing my time in of­fice that I can meet many groups, clubs, or­gan­i­sa­tions, as well as those in­di­vid­u­als who work to im­prove the life and well­be­ing of our res­i­dents.”

Cllr Hens­ley has lived in Hilling­don for 40 years and was first elected a ward coun­cil­lor in May 2002 for Ick­en­ham.

Both of his two mar­ried sons were ed­u­cated in the bor­ough and he is a post­grad­u­ate from Brunel Univer­sity and a char­tered me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer, elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer and a char­tered ma­te­ri­als en­gi­neer.

In 2015, Cllr Hens­ley was awarded an Honorary Fel­low­ship from Brunel Univer­sity. He has spent many years in the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try and has also been a lec­turer at fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties.

He has also been a school gov­er­nor of one ju­nior and three sec­ondary schools in Hilling­don and is an aca­demic ad­viser to the En­gi­neer­ing De­part­ment at Brunel Univer­sity.

Both Cllr Hens­ley and his wife share an in­ter­est in craft ac­tiv­i­ties, mu­sic, read­ing, gar­den­ing and vis­it­ing his­toric build­ings – both in this country and abroad.

The Mayor’s Char­ity Ap­peal for 2016-17 will fo­cus on the theme of the ‘Jour­ney Through Life’, supporting the health and well­be­ing of res­i­dents of all ages.

It will raise money for four or­gan­i­sa­tions:

Pield Heath House School, to pur­chase a sound sys­tem and green­house.

Paul Strick­land Scan­ner Ap­peal, to pur­chase spe­cialised equip­ment to as­sist dis­abled pa­tients to ac­cess and use the equip­ment.

Royal Bromp­ton and Hare­field Hos­pi­tals Char­ity, to pur­chase spe­cial­ist non­mag­netic anaes­thetic equip­ment that would en­able an anaes­thetised pa­tient, to un­dergo an MRI scan, whilst re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for ei­ther a heart at­tack or un­der­go­ing a heart or lung trans­plant.

Har­ling­ton Hospice, to pur­chase a va­ri­ety of equip­ment to help pa­tient com­fort and treat­ment.

Cllr Hens­ley added: “I would like to raise money to pur­chase vi­tal equip­ment that will en­able pro­fes­sion­als to pro­vide a ser­vice which helps the most vul­ner­a­ble in our so­ci­ety.”

If you would like the Mayor and May­oress to visit your or­gan­i­sa­tion or event, call 01895 250763 or email: mayor@ hilling­don.gov.uk.

To do­nate to the Mayor’s char­i­ties, visit his fundrais­ing page on h t t p s : / / www. j u s t g iv i n g . com/may­o­rofhilling­don.

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