Council appoints new chairman

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A LONG-STANDING councillor has been elected as the new chairman of East Northamptonshire Council.

Cllr Clive Wood was first elected to the council in 1976 and will be accompanied to events during 2012-13 by his sister Jenny Elliott as his consort.

The council has also elected Cllr Pam Whiting as vice-chairman for the year.

Cllr Wood, who represents Rushden Spencer ward, said: “I consider it a great honour to be elected chairman and will be supporting a range of local charities through my events, with the local branch of Mind my main recipient.

“In 1985 I was finals judge in the county tidy village competition and I would like to re-introduce the tidy village competition for the district with a view to making our district litter free.

“I am currently aware of the threat to the Westmorland of Apethorpe archives, an extremely important historic record of 8,500 acres of our district, at present on the market for £760,000. The county is looking to raise £50,000 towards this and I hope we can contribute with a suitable event during the year.

“My civic service will be held at St Mary’s Church in Rushden which will include a celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and will be followed by refreshments at Rushden Hall, which has formed an important part of my life.

“I hope that in 12 months time we will be able to look back on a memorable year for East Northamptonshire, during the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics.”

The civic service will be held on Sunday, July 22, and the chairman will host an evening event on Saturday, October 20, with Dr Busker at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden.