At its meeting last night (15 May 2019), Aylesbury Vale District Council elected its last chairman – Cllr Judy Brandis – whose term of office will end with the establishment of the new unitary Buckinghamshire Council in May 2020. At the same meeting Cllr Chris Poll was elected vice chairman.
The chain of office was transferred to Cllr Brandis by outgoing chairman Cllr Sue Renshell.
Cllr Brandis has served as a district councillor, representing Haddenham and Stone, for 20 years and has been chairman of Licensing for over 12 years. Previously, she ran her own children’s nursery near where she lived in Amersham, before moving to Haddenham.
Cllr Brandis said: “It is an honour and privilege to have been elected as the district’s last chairman and I am looking forward to working with people, community groups and other organisations from across the Vale. In my role as chairman I hope I will be able to help them raise their profile and let others see the magnificent work they all do to contribute to the life and vitality of the area”.
Cllr Brandis has nominated Nest Aylesbury Vale as her charity for the year. Formerly known as Home-Start Aylesbury Vale, Nest is a local independent charity that has been supporting families, with one child under five, throughout Aylesbury Vale for over 16 years. Nest provides carefully selected volunteers, with parenting experience themselves, who will regularly visit a family in their own home, offering emotional and practical support through difficult times for as long as it is helpful or needed. This friendly and accessible parent-to-parent support is a simple yet effective way of enabling families to get back on track.
“Unfortunately even a largely volunteer led organisation needs funds, and Nest is no exception. They are a vital resource for ordinary families going though extraordinary times and I am looking forward to working with them and others across the Vale promoting their work and organising and supporting a range of fundraising events”, said Cllr Brandis.
Speaking at last night’s meeting outgoing chairman, Cllr Renshell, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years as chairman and have met so many wonderful people from all sections of the community across the Vale. I am particularly grateful for the support I have received in fundraising for my nominated charities: SeeAbility and Buckinghamshire Mind, to whom I was able to present cheques totalling £25,637.28 this evening.
“I would also like to express my thanks to the members of Council for their contributions to the many debates and the way they have conducted themselves in this chamber.
“Lastly, I wish my successor Cllr Brandis an enjoyable and successful year ahead.”