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Mayor to Present Record Breaking Cheque as new Councillors Sworn In

BSTC - 16th May 2011

Bradley Stoke Town Mayor Cllr Ben Walker will end his year in office on a high on Wednesday night when he presents a cheque to his chosen charity for more than ten thousand pounds.

The total sum of £10,005.73 which has been raised for St Peters’ Hospice throughout the last year at a number of events, including the town’s community festival and highly successful firework display, smashes all previous records for fundraising by the town’s Mayors. Cllr Walker, who will present the cheque at the start of Bradley Stoke Town Council’s AGM at the Jubilee Centre at 7.30 pm on Wednesday evening, says: “It has been an honour to serve as Mayor this last twelve months and it is an even greater honour to present such a large cheque to this very worthy cause. I’m very grateful to everyone who has donated and supported our events throughout the last year.”

Receiving the cheque on behalf of St Peter’s Hospice will be Wenda Hillier, Community Fundraiser who says: “we’d like to thank Ben for choosing St Peter’s Hospice as his charity of the year, as well as the people of Bradley Stoke for taking on his challenge to raise vital funds for us. The cost of providing our unique and specialised service free of charge to the people of Bristol is over £6 million per year so every penny raised by the people of Bradley Stoke will make a huge difference to people with terminal illnesses.”

Following the presentation, the formal business will start with the election of Chair of Council (Mayor) and Vice Chair for the coming year. A total of 8 new councillors will also be sworn in following their election on May 5th. For the first time in the town’s history all 15 of the Council’s members are Conservatives and the 4 women and 11 men include in their number Tom Aditya, the first person of the Asian origin elected to the Council and the 23 year old student Charlotte Walker the town’s youngest ever Councillor.

Speaking following his election Mr Aditya said: "I am thankful to all those who helped me to enter the Council and will continue to work hard for the people in every way that I can along with my colleagues.” Miss Walker, who was elected in the Lakeside ward, meanwhile added: “Bradley Stoke is a vibrant and diverse community and it’s great that we’ve got a wide range of talented individuals on the council. I can’t wait to get stuck in improving our community.”

Bradley Stoke Town Council AGM
Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road
Wednesday 18th May 7.30 PM (Photos and Interviews from 7PM)