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Five charities will benefit from a share of £19,000 following a record-breaking year of fundraising by the chairman of Cherwell District Council.
During the 2017/ 2018 year, Cllr Maurice Billington hosted a series of events including his chairman’s dinner and raffles to raise £15,600, which was boosted to £19,000 with pledges of match funding.
At a meeting of the annual council on Tuesday (15 May) Cllr Billington presented cheques to representatives of Girl Guiding Kidlington, The Salvation Army, Kidlington District Information Centre, Daybreak Oxford and Cherwell Counselling.
“From the counselling services that helped me overcome depression to Daybreak Oxford which cared for my father as he battled dementia – each of these charities has played a special part in my life and I am delighted to be in the position to repay that kindness.
“It has been an honour to serve as the chairman for the past 12 months and I am proud to have been able to use this role to raise so much money for so many fantastic causes whilst also helping to raise their profile. These organisations and the people who donate their time to them are the unsung heroes of our society and it is a privilege to give them the recognition they deserve but never seek.”
The meeting was the first time the council had met since the local elections on 3 May.
During the meeting, leader Cllr Barry Wood confirmed his executive for the forthcoming year would be largely unchanged, with the exception of Cllr Ian Corkin who will become the lead member for customers and transformation whilst Cllr Andrew McHugh will take on the role of lead member for wellbeing. Cllr Mike Kerford-Byrnes was appointed as the chairman for the audit and risk committee.
During the meeting, councillors paid tributes and held a minute’s silence in memory of last year’s vice chairman, Cllr Jolanta Lis, who passed away suddenly in April. As per council tradition, Cllr Lis would have taken on the role of chairman this year, but in her absence Cllr Billington was selected to remain in post for another 12 months, with Cllr David Hughes named as the new vice chairman.
Cllr Billington vowed to “make Cllr Lis proud” during his second year as chairman and named Kidlington Youth Football, Garden City Football Club, Evans Lane FC and the St John’s Hall Children’s Centre in Kidlington as his charities for the next 12 months.
Cllr Barry Wood – leader
Cllr George Reynolds – deputy leader and lead member for leisure and sport
Cllr Colin Clarke – lead member for planning
Cllr John Donaldson – lead member for housing
Cllr Tony Ilott – lead member for finance management and governance
Cllr Andrew McHugh – lead member for health and wellbeing
Cllr Debbie Pickford – lead member for clean and green
Cllr Lynn Pratt – lead member for economy, regeneration and property
Cllr Ian Corkin – lead member for customers and transformation
Cllr Richard Mould – lead member for performance
Cllr Maurice Billington – chairman
Cllr David Hughes – vice chairman
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