Mayor says good­bye to a busy year at spe­cial church ser­vice

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

THE OUT­GO­ING mayor said good­bye to a busy year in her role at a spe­cial ser­vice at the church.

Hilda Gad­dum is a long-serv­ing Sut­ton coun­cil­lor who be­came the sev­enth mayor of Cheshire East a year ago.

She was the first coun­cil­lor from Mac­cles­field to take the role since Cheshire East formed, and said she was pleased to fly the flag for Mac­cles­field.

Now af­ter a busy year Coun Gad­dum, of Hollin Lane, Sut­ton, who has been a coun­cil­lor since 1999, has fin­ished her role with a spe­cial ser­vice.

A spe­cial benefice ser­vice was held at Sut­ton St James Church to mark the com­ple­tion of her year and to thank her for a suc­cess­ful term of of­fice.

The vicar of the Sut­ton benefice, Rev John Har­ries, presided while the church war­den from Win­cle made a speech to ac­knowl­edge Hilda’s ser­vice as mayor at a re­cep­tion in the hall.

MP David Rut­ley gave a fur­ther vote of thanks to Coun Gad­dum for her year in of­fice. Coun Gad­dum, who is a reg­u­lar mem­ber of the con­gre­ga­tion, chose some rous­ing well known hymns, which were sung by the large as­sem­bly of fel­low benefice mem­bers from Win­cle, Wild­boar­clough and Bosley.

Coun Gad­dum said that she had en­joyed her year as mayor, al­though it had been quite busy, and test­ing at times on the po­lit­i­cal side of things.

She said: “It was in­cred­i­bly kind of the Church to have this spe­cial ser­vice last Sun­day, and to al­low me to choose the hymns which I had great fun do­ing. It also en­abled my fam­ily to join me for the oc­ca­sion, in­clud­ing Jane, who was my May­oress for the year, and I do thank the Benefice for its gen­eros­ity and the beau­ti­ful flow­ers with which I was pre­sented.”

Rev Har­ries praised Coun Gad­dum for her ex­cel­lent ser­vice to the com­mu­nity not only as mayor but also as a coun­cil­lor rep­re­sent­ing Sut­ton and the wider area over many years.

He also praised and thanked mem­bers of the com­mu­nity for their ser­vice and sup­port, par­tic­u­larly for those caught up in the Bosley ex­plo­sion tragedy last year. At the end of the ser­vice Win­cle church war­den, Jonathan Marsh, made a pre­sen­ta­tion to Hilda who was joined by mem­bers of her fam­ily.

At a re­cep­tion in the church hall af­ter the ser­vice, MP David Rut­ley gave a fur­ther vote of thanks to Coun Gad­dum, re­mark­ing that he did not wish to miss this op­por­tu­nity of be­ing able to ex­press his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Coun Gad­dum’s ser­vices and ad­vice over the year and ear­lier in his Par­lia­men­tary ca­reer, and he hoped that she would con­tinue to be ac­tive in serv­ing the com­mu­nity.

His sen­ti­ments were warmly echoed by her friends in the benefice.

●● David Rut­ley MP with Hilda Gad­dum and mem­bers of the Sut­ton Church Choir, San­dra Moss, Janet Bon­sall El­iz­a­beth Cunningham.

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