At Council last night four former councillors of Cannock Chase Council were presented with certificates to mark their appointment as Aldermen and Alderwomen of the District, in recognition of their service to the Council and the wider community. They received their certificates from the Chairman of the Council, Councillor Doug Smith.
Those newly appointed to this honour are Gordon Alcott (shown top left), Zaphne Stretton MBE (top right), Diane Todd (bottom left) and Patricia Ansell (bottom right). Their names will now be inscribed on an Honours Board in the Civic Suite.
To be considered for the title of Honorary Alderman/Alderwoman, a retired councillor must have served at least twelve years (three terms in office) on the Council (though the terms do not need to be consecutive) and be considered to have `rendered eminent services to the District`. The title is only awarded following retirement of a councillor, either by choice or at the will of the electorate. They are not entitled to receive any allowance or other payment but they may attend civic ceremonies organised by the Council by invitation.
Gordon served on the former Cannock Urban District Council and then Cannock Chase District Council from 1970 - 2021 (51 years). He held the office of Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Council, Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council, and was a member of the Cabinet.
Zaphne served on Cannock Chase District Council from 1991 - 1999, 2000 - 2003, 2004 - 2010 and 2012 - 2021 (26 years) and held the office of Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Council.
Diane served on Cannock Chase District Council from 2006 - 2021 (15 years) and was a member of the Cabinet.
Patricia served on Cannock Chase District Council from 1986 - 1990 and from 2003 - 2011 (12 years) and held the office of Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Council. She was also a member of the Cabinet.