EVESHAM councillor Gerry O’Donnell has spoken of his pride of being the chairman of Wychavon District Council after his reign came to an end.
Coun O’Donnell, who serves Evesham as a town and district councillor, officially handed over the chain to new chairman Coun Lynne Duffy at Wychavon’s annual meeting on Tuesday (May 13).
Pershore councillor Val Wood was elected as the district council’s vice-chairman for the year 2014-15.
Coun O’Donnell said one of his major highlights was being part of the Grow in Wychavon campaign which saw him travel to
Westminster for its launch event held last month.
“The year has not been without its challenges, but I was particularly delighted to see the launch of the publication ‘Grow in Wychavon’, which told the stories of 52 business successes in the district,” he said.
“This book once again demonstrates the entrepreneurial spirit that pervades Wychavon’s approach.
“As I went round the district, I could not help but be impressed and inspired by the hundreds of small businesses, many
operating from home, which are providing blue chip services and products.
“Likewise in the care industry, where the elderly are looked after so well by people with a true vocation.
“Our schools are wonderful, and I have been particularly impressed by the performing arts sector within schools.
“My enjoyment and enthusiasm would not have been possible without the support of officers at Wychavon, and in particular the Managing Director, Jack Hegarty, and my sincere thanks go to everyone who made my year unforgettable.”
Coun Duffy, who represents Droitwich Spa West on the council, added: “It is a great privilege to represent Wychavon District Council as Chairman.
“My theme for the year is community development and I look forward to working with the residents and organisations in the district and the Wychavon team, and attending as many community events as possible during the year.
“If anyone has an event or project that they would like me to support, please get in touch.”