Agenda item

Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 5)

(Including the engagements of the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman.)


The Chairman highlighted the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace as being particularly memorable among her first set of formal engagements.


Engagements List – Chairman

13th May, 2010 – 23rd June, 2010





14th May, 2010

Civic Reception

Mayor of Watton Town Council and Consort, Councillor Margaret Holmes and Mr. David Beeken

16th May, 2010

Civic Service

The Worshipful the Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

20th May, 2010

Civic Dinner for the outgoing Mayor of St. Edmunsbury, Councillor Mrs. Patricia Warby

Councillor Ian Houlder

27th May, 2010

Long Service Certificate for Magistrates Presentation and reception

Advisory Committee on the Justices of the Peace for the County of Norfolk

4th June, 2010

Visit by His Excellency Mr. Antonia Santana Carlos, Portuguese Ambassador to the Court of St. James

Breckland Council

4th June, 2010

Summer Reception

Colonel Jay Silveria, Commander 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath

6th June, 2010

Service in celebration of voluntary service in Norfolk


9th June, 2010

Annual General Meeting

Norfolk Older Person’s Forum

10th June, 2010

Active Norfolk Youth Games 2010

Active Norfolk and Competition Team

17th June, 2010

Showcase of Postgraduate Research Employers’ Reception

Vice-Chancellor of the UEA, Professor Edward Acton

18th June, 2010

Homecoming Parade of the Royal Anglian Regiment followed by civic lunch

The Lord Mayor of Norwich (Councillor Tom Dylan), The Sheriff (Derek James) and the Chairman of Norfolk County Council (Councillor Tony Tomkinson)

20th June, 2010

Annual Civic Service of Celebration

Lord Mayor Designate Councillor Tom Dylan and Sheriff Designate Derek James

21st June, 2010

Flag Raising Ceremony and Cheque Presentation

Breckland Council

22nd June, 2010

Buckingham Palace Garden Party



Engagements List – Vice-Chairman

13th May, 2010 – 23rd June, 2010





20th May, 2010

Civic Dinner for the outgoing Mayor of St. Edmunsbury, Councillor Mrs. Patricia Warby

Councillor Ian Houlder

13th June, 2010

Annual Civic Service

Mayor of Dereham, Councillor Robert Hambidge

21st June, 2010

Annual Meeting of the West Norfolk, King’s Lynn & Wisbech Branch of the NSPCC

West Norfolk, King’s Lynn & Wisbech Branch of the NSPCC


At the Chairman’s invitation, and in acknowledgement that it was the Chief Executive’s last appearance at a Council meeting before his departure at the end of the week, the Deputy Leader then took the opportunity to give a short farewell speech.


He said that Mr Holden would be much missed by both Officers and Members.   It had been a difficult period for the authority during the three years that Mr Holden was here.  However, much had been achieved and he would be a hard act to follow.    The Deputy Leader expressed his thanks, on behalf of the Council and also the residents of Breckland, and wished Mr Holden good luck for the future.


The Leader of the Labour Group concurred, adding that he had found Mr Holden to be unfailingly courteous, helpful and approachable in what was acknowledged to be an extremely difficult role.  Mr Holden had also been an excellent Returning Officer, impartial and fair, and he would indeed be much missed.


Speaking on behalf of all the other Members, Councillor Ann Steward took the opportunity to add their thanks and goodwill.  Mr Holden had met the various challenges during his term of office with measured responses, as well as humour.  He was also highly respected in the wider community. 


In response, Mr Holden thanked everyone for their good wishes.  It had been an enormous privilege to serve the people of Breckland for the past three years.  He was proud of Breckland, especially those working for the Council, but, not least, he was proud of Breckland Council’s desire to challenge the status quo and the long-running government model, for all the right reasons.   Breckland Council was held in high regard – a fact borne out by the breadth and depth of interest in the forthcoming job vacancy.  He spoke of the unstinting and unswerving support of the Officers to Members, and the desire not to compromise service delivery to the wider community. 


He would keep in touch and felt confident that Breckland Council would rise to meet the challenges of any future local government restructuring and the forthcoming Spending Review.