New NWLDC Chairman chooses charity

Councillor John Bridges

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) appointed Councillor John Bridges as the new Chairman . Councillor Bridges, who has been a member of NWLDC since 2007, is the ward councillor for Ashby Woulds. As well as presiding over meetings of the Full Council, the new Chairman will represent the council at a variety of events across Leicestershire and will raise money for his chosen charity the Alzheimer’s Society.

Councillor Bridges replaces Councillor John Clarke who raised £6,830 during his year in office, which will be split between the Alzheimer’s Society and Hospice Hope.

Outgoing Chairman, Councillor Clarke, passed on the chains of office during the full council meeting, saying: “It’s been a fantastic year as Chairman – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself. We’ve been to places and seen things that I didn’t know existed and met many wonderful people.

“In particular, marking the centenary of the end of the First World World War was a very moving ceremony for me.

“My chosen charities – the Alzheimer’s Society and Hospice Hope – are very dear to me and I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received. My honest and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported my charity fundraising efforts over the last year.”

Councillor Richard Blunt was appointed as leader for the 13th year. He said: “It is a true honour to be the leader of this council. We have a lot of work to do over the coming four years and I’m up for the challenge. I’m looking forward to working with councillors from all parties and those who are independent to achieve our aspirations for North West Leicestershire.”

Members of committees and groups and representatives of community bodies were also agreed at the meeting.