To receive such announcements as the Chairman may wish to make to the Council.
The Chairman reported on the wide range of
duties undertaken to represent and promote the County Council and
its strong community leadership role.
The list of engagements undertaken since the last Council meeting
by the Chairman and Vice-Chairman had been circulated to all
Members. In particular, the Chairman
highlighted his Civic Day held on 5 October 2017 which showcased
several of the County Council’s services and facilities and
his pleasure at hosting receptions to honour and
reward officers who had completed both
25 and 40 years’ in the service of the people of
It was with much sadness the Chairman reported the passing of former County Councillors Peter Langdon, Michael Geddes and Jean Vernon-Jackson. Peter Langdon represented the Hardway Division from 1997 to 2001, Michael Geddes represented Gosport Town from 1997 to 2005 and Bridemary from 2009 to 2013, and Jean Vernon-Jackson represented the Lymington Division from 1985 to 1997. She was also Vice Chairman of the County Council from 1996-97 and Chairman for one month in April 1997.
The Chairman invited Councillor Roy Perry to say a few words and invite personal tributes from the Chamber. The following Councillors spoke: Chris Carter, Peter Chegwyn, Alan Dowden and Peter Edgar. The Council observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect.