New Blood at Wimborne Minster Town Council but no ballot

There will be six new councillors serving on Wimborne Minster Town Council for the next five years. Only thirteen candidates put themselves forward for the fourteen positions of councillor and all were deemed elected unopposed. The vacant position will be filled by co-option. Any resident* interested in filling this vacancy should contact the Town Clerk (office@wimborne.gov.uk or write to The Town Clerk, Town Hall, 37 West Borough, Wimborne Minster BH21 1LT)

Details of all councillors can be found on the www.wimborne.gov.uk website.

New elected officers

The new Chairman/Mayor will be Cllr. Shane Bartlett who was elected unopposed. The position of deputy will be Cllr. Kelly Webb.

It will be Shane’s second term as mayor who was born and bred in the town he loves so much. Kelly has served as Mayor for the last year and will now become Deputy to Shane.

As for the three committees Cllr. Carole Chedgy retains her position as chair of Resources, the chair of Planning and Environment will be newcomer Cllr. Martin Tidd and Cllr. Bill Richmond will take over as chair of Recreation and Leisure. Details of the committees can be found on the wimborne.gov.uk website.

*Candidates must live in Wimborne Minster or within three miles as the crow flies.

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Mayor’s speech

In his acceptance speech Shane alluded to the time he first became a councillor, the help and mentoring he got from Pat Hymers and the help of the Town Council staff. He is now taking up his second term as Mayor and as a ‘local boy’ born and bred his pride in Wimborne is obvious to those who meet him.

He referred to the fact that Dorset had been forced to adopt a new system of unitary authorities because of lack of Government funding that has resulted in two authorities BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) and Dorset Council.

Looking into the future he said, “there will be a lot of work to be done with our new Principal Authority. There will need to be engagement, understanding, partnership working, work practices developed, a culture of trust and  bringing about a way of working for the mutual benefit of those residents of Dorset and our parishioners which we all serve”. He went on to say “There are exciting times ahead and the journey we are all about to embark on is new to all of us and we will learn together”.

As is the convention the Mayor will select charities that will benefit fro his fundraising. His charities for the coming year are:

NEUROENDOCRYNE CANCER NETS  (Steve Lugg) “Net Foundation”

COMBAT STRESS  (PTSD)

ERIC    (Childrens bowel and bladder charity)

GOING for BUST   (Wimborne Breast Cancer)

DREAMBOATS  (funding for a wheelchair compatible boat)

Wimborne in Bloom.