North Kesteven District Council has elected a new chairman for the coming year - Coun Gill Ogden.
Coun Ogden has served on the council since 2011 for the Billinghay, Martin and North Kyme ward and has been the authority’s vice-chairman for the past year. At Thursday’s council meeting she was elected saying she was “very honoured”.
She replaces outgoing chairman Coun Lance Pennell who presented a cheque to his chosen charity, Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, to the tune of £2,735.29 from fundraising events.
In addition a further £1,626.30 was paid directly to the Air Ambulance, giving a total of £4,368.69.
Coun Ogden said she would be assisted by her husband, Stewart, who is also a Conservative councillor for Heckington and member of the Executive Board.
As vice-chairman she said travelling around the district has made me aware of the diversity of the district and range of community groups and organisations.
She added: “Here at North Kesteven we meet in the Council Chamber not to represent just our chosen political party and our ward but to pull together as one for the good of all the people who live and work in our 100 Flourishing Communities.”
She said her chosen charities are the Canine Partners and International Bomber Command Centre. Bomber Command because her father worked on the Lancasters in the war and the centre is within the district serving as a poignant reminder of the bravery of the men who served in the Second World War.
Coun Ogden chose Canine Partners as they provide practical day to day assistance to people with disabilities with tasks that may be difficult, painful or impossible to perform. They also provide that special companionship, unconditional love and affection which is so unique to dogs. She said: “I have seen a Canine Partner at work first hand, it is truly amazing to see how much assistance they provide enabling people to enjoy a better quality of life.”
Coun Ogden’s Civic Service will take place in St Michael’s Church, Billinghay at 3pm on July 5 with a reception afterwards at North Kyme Village Hall.
Vice-chairman for the coming year will be Coun John Money, member for Metheringham ward and Sleaford born.