The Mayor welcomed Councillors Carter, Dar, Minhas, Munawar, Plenty, Sharif, Smith and Strutton to the Council and wished them well as they commenced their service to the community.
The Mayor advised that the Reverend Lynda Hillier would, at her request, continue to serve as the Mayor’s Chaplain for the 2011/12 municipal year.
The Mayor advised that the Civic Service would be held at Kingsway United Reformed Church in September and further detail would be distributed in due course. The Annual Mayor’s Reception would be held on the following evening, 20th May, 2011 at the Centre.
Reverend Paul Lipscomb
The Mayor paid tribute to the Reverend Paul Lipscomb, the outgoing Chair of the Standards Committee who had been associated with the Council for over twelve years and had conducted meetings of the Standards Committee with firmness and fairness at all times.
On the occasions that the Reverend Lipscomb had attended Council meetings he had brought a sense of calm to the proceedings. He had also acted as Chaplain to previous Mayors, worked with Officers and Group Leaders to develop the ethical framework, and established a close working relationship with the Council’s Monitoring Officer and staff in Democratic Services. His general manner and attention to detail would be greatly missed.
The Mayor also thanked the Reverend Lipscomb’s wife Pauline who had supported him at many Council functions and events. The Mayor wished the Reverend Lipscomb and his family very best wishes for the future.