Councillor Joseph Powell and consort Jean Powell

The new chairman of Lichfield District Council has taken up his post.

Councillor Joseph Powell was sworn in as Chairman after seeing the title handed over by Cllr John Wilks at District Council House. Cllr Barry Diggle was sworn in as Vice Chair.

The new role will see Cllr Powell represent Lichfield District at events including royal visits and charity functions. He will also chair council meetings and work throughout the year to raise money for charity.

Cllr Powell admitted his appointment was a “great honour”. He added:

“I am looking forward to a busy year in my role as Chairman and will do my best to represent the district. I am sure it will be very rewarding. The two charities I am supporting are Young Carers Association (Lichfield Branch) and Rocklands Special School in Lichfield.”

Outgoing Chairman, Cllr Wilks said:

“This has been a year to remember and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Of the hundreds of events and places I visited officially, the National Arboretum especially stands out in my mind. The moving tribute to service men that have died since the Second World War has never failed to impress and humble me. It is a great honour to have such a tribute in our district and it should be seen by everyone.

“I am so grateful to everyone for supporting my charities and through their generosity we have raised over £5,600 for St Giles Hospice and County Air Ambulance. I understand this is something of a new record for the council and would like to thank everyone who gave donations and supported the various charitable events – such as the Chairman’s Ball, St Giles Fashion Show, and Chase Harriers’ annual race at Chasewater Country Park.”

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