Fo­cus on help­ing chil­dren’s char­ity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OFF THE RECORD -

THE new chair­man of Kent County Coun­cil has pledged to help raise the profile of a Kent chil­dren’s char­ity dur­ing his year in of­fice. Cllr Ley­land Rid­ings (Con) was elected as KCC chair­man by fel­low coun­cil­lors at the author­ity’s an­nual meet­ing last week. He said he wanted to use his year in the role to help raise funds for the Kent Chil­dren’s Trust, a char­ity which helps dis­ad­van­taged young­sters. “I would like to help lookedafter chil­dren, who are one of the most de­prived groups in the coun­try, to see what funds could be di­rected to­wards im­prov­ing their lot,” said Mr Rid­ings, who rep­re­sents Sand­wich in east Kent and is a for­mer county coun­cil cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion. The for­mer Pilot Of­fi­cer in the Royal Aus­tralian Air Force also plans to mark the work of those serv­ing in the armed forces by hold­ing spe­cial re­cep­tions for troops re­turn­ing from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the county’s cadets. In ad­di­tion to his work as a county coun­cil­lor, Mr Rid­ings is a gov­er­nor of Sand­wich Tech­nol­ogy Col­lege and Can­ter­bury Christ Church Univer­sity and serves as a mag­is­trate in east Kent. He is a mem­ber of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and a trustee of the Chan­nel Theatre Com­pany. He suc­ceeds Rom­ney Marsh mem­ber Cllr Fred WoodBrig­nall, who stood down. Sevenoaks county coun­cil­lor Peter Lake was elected vicechair­man of the coun­cil.

Ley­land Rid­ings

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