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Chairman's Correspondence

The Chairman will mention a range of recent items of news which may be of interest to Members


His Majesty King Charles III 


On behalf of the Council and the residents of Staffordshire, the Chairman extended best wishes for a speedy recovery to His Majesty following the announcement earlier this week that he has been diagnosed with cancer.  


Staffordshire residents recognised in His Majesty The King’s New Year’s Honours  


The Chairman extended his congratulations to the following Staffordshire residents who had received honours in His Majesty The King’s New Year’s Honours:  


Officers of the Order of the British Empire OBE  


·       Mr Kenneth Paul Newton, Stafford, services to Public Service  


·       Professor David Foskett, Burton-on-Trent, services to Hospitality Industry and Inclusivity  


Members of the Order of the British Empire MBE  


·       Mrs Jacqueline Mary Gange, Cannock, services to Community in Cannock  


·       Mr Rowan Edwin Crozier, Lichfield, services to Manufacturing and Enterprise  


·       Mrs Jill Alcock (Clewes), Staffordshire Moorlands, services to The Arts and Charity  


·       Professor Miriam Bernard, Newcastle-under-Lyme, services to Ageing Research and to Older People  


·       Dr Catherine Emma Baxter, services to Higher Education  


Medallists of the Order of the British Empire BEM  


·       Mr Martin Peter Wild, Barton under Needwood, services to Community in Tamworth  


·       Mr Herbert Proctor, Stoke-on-Trent, services to Community in Audley  


·       Mr Stephen Roger Lees JP, South Staffordshire, services to Community in Himley, Swindon and South Staffordshire  


·       Mrs Elaine Hutchings, Lichfield, services to Community in Lichfield during Covid-19  


·       Mr Peter Stewart Clemson, Burton-on-Trent, services to Performing Arts and the Community in Burton 


Recognising Our Unsung Heroes  


The Chairman informed the Council of the introduction of his “Unsung Heroes” initiative to recognise the contributions made by volunteers across Staffordshire The first of these events took place on 15 December and included representatives from eight voluntary groups from the Cannock and Lichfield areas, all of whom had been nominated by local Members The next Unsung Heroes event is to be held on Friday, 19 April to which local voluntary groups from Stafford and South Staffordshire are to be invited. Over the next 12 months it is proposed to hold a further two events covering the Newcastle, Staffordshire Moorlands, East Staffordshire and Tamworth districts/boroughs.  


Gift from former Chief Executive, John Henderson CB  


On behalf of Members, the Chairman extended the Council’s thanks to its former Chief Executive, John HendersonCB, for his generous gift to the Council of a framed Staffordshire County Council Coat of Arms painted on Vellum by Frau Doktor Marianne Voss Mr Henderson’s gift is now hanging on the wall at the top of the main staircase in County Buildings. Upon retirement from Staffordshire County Council, John Henderson received a gift from Members and Officers of the Council of a bespoke Stafford Knot cast in bronze and plated in silver. 


Former County Councillor David Nixon  


The Chairman informed Members of the recent death of Former County Councillor David Nixon.  


Mr Nixon was first elected to the County Council in 2001 representing the Thistleberry Electoral Division (Newcastle) until 2005. He served on the former Social Care Scrutiny Committee and was also a member of the Regulatory Committee.  


In 2009 Mr Nixon was re-elected to the County Council representing the Cross Heath and Silverdale Electoral Division (Newcastle) until 2013. He served on the former Children and Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee and Planning Committee.  


Councillor Tagg and Councillor Philip Atkins paid tribute to the contribution made by Mr Nixon during his time on the County Council, following which Members stood and observed aone minute silence in his memory.