Years of loyal service honoured

Council chairman Coun Lance Pennell (right) and vice chairman Gill Ogden (left) bid farewell to retiring Councillors (from left) Ian Cartwright, David Dickinson and Helen Clark. EMN-150505-110254001
Council chairman Coun Lance Pennell (right) and vice chairman Gill Ogden (left) bid farewell to retiring Councillors (from left) Ian Cartwright, David Dickinson and Helen Clark. EMN-150505-110254001

Three councillors who have given a collective 36 years of service between them have been thanked for their contribution to the North Kesteven community.

After putting themselves forward in support of their local area for so long – in one case for 20 years - each one decided not to stand for election to a further term as a district councillor and will therefore be replaced in the elections on Thursday, May 7.

At the last meeting of North Kesteven District Council before Thursday’s poll Councillors David Dickinson, Ian Cartwright and Helen Clark were each thanked by the chairman of the council and given a commemorative gift.

Council chairman Coun Lance Pennell said: “Between them, they have given many years service to the council and to their local communities.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank them, on behalf of the council, for their time, contribution and service to the district council. We wish each and every retiring member all the very best as they move on into different and new aspects of their lives.”

Councillor David Dickinson amassed 20 years continuous service for the district council in addition to 12 years as a county councillor. Elected to NKDC for Kirkby la Thorpe and South Kyme in 1995, he has been elected for five terms of office and was chairman of North Kesteven in 2000/2001 as well as Lincolnshire County Council in 2007/2008, supported by his wife Mona.

Engaged in many committees and outside bodies through his years in office, he has also had lengthy association with the Parochial Church Council in Evedon where he lives.

Coun Dickinson reflected on the many friends he had made over his 20 years on North Kesteven District Council. “We have had a lot of good laughs and achieved a good deal for the district and I will miss it all very much,” he said.

Coun Ian Cartwight has given 12 years of service to North Kesteven, representing the Ashby de la Launde and Cranwell Ward through three elections since 2003, as well as eight years as a County Councillor.

He was NKDC’s chairman in 2011/12 and county chairman three years earlier.

A retired Lieutenant Colonel, Coun Cartwright is the seventh generation associated with the British Army, back to the Battle of Waterloo, with two of his three sons actively engaged in the Army and the third continuing a tradition of local government service in East Hertfordshire. He lives in Ruskington.

Coun Helen Clark has served one four-year term as a member for the North Hykeham Mill Ward.

A qualified secondary teacher living in North Hykeham, Coun Clark now works in Children’s Services.