Chairman’s chain changes hands

Four Kidlington charities are in line for their share of the £20,000 raised by the outgoing Cherwell District Council chairman.

Published: Tuesday, 21st May 2019

During his 2018 to 2019 term, Cllr Maurice Billington hosted a series of fundraising events for his chosen charities, including his chairman’s dinner and raffle, a street fair, bingo and supper nights. 
At the annual full council meeting on Tuesday, 14 May, Cllr Billington presented cheques to representatives of St John’s Children’s Centre and three youth football clubs: Kidlington Youth FC, Garden City FC and Yarnton Blues FC.
The funds raised in his second term beat the £19,000 he raised in 2017 to 2018, bringing his total across the two years to almost £40,000.
Cllr David Hughes, the outgoing vice-chairman, was named the new chairman. He named his first chosen charities as: Rosie, a charity for terminally ill children; Arch, a children’s literacy charity; and Katharine House Hospice. 
Cllr Hannah Banfield was appointed vice-chairman for 2019 to 2020.
It was the first full council meeting since the local elections on Thursday, 2 May. Leader of the council Cllr Barry Wood named Cllr Dan Sames, who represents Bicester South and Ambrosden, as lead member for clean and green and confirmed that the council executive is otherwise unchanged.