Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)
Councillor Nairn addressed his last Full Council meeting in his capacity as Chairman of the Council. At the next meeting he would be handing over his chain of office to a new Chairperson in front of a newly elected Council. He was therefore truly humbled to share with everyone that for the last 12 months it had been an absolute pleasure to work with Members and Officers alike. All had worked hard to represent their residents and had promoted Breckland, highlighting the amazing work of residents, encouraging its fantastic businesses and sharing stories about the unsung heroes who worked in the community every day.
He had thoroughly enjoyed fulfilling his role as Chairman, and he thanked everyone for their support.
One of his last duties would be the honour of celebrating the coronation of King Charles III but he would be forever moved by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, monarch for the last 70 years. Her steadfast duty and service to the UK and the wider commonwealth countries would be an inspiration to the generations to come.
He had witnessed many changes over the last 12 months, not just locally, but globally. He therefore wanted to thank the work of his Council colleagues who had supported him throughout this period. Their dedication and professional advice would be something he would remember fondly in the years to come and would be forever grateful.
The Chairman then offered his thanks to Teresa Smith and Jo Elks, from the Democratic Services Team whose invaluable management and arrangement of all his events had meant so much.
Since becoming Chairman in 2022, he had been dedicated in promoting the Breckland district, and the tremendous work taking place every day to support residents, especially the most vulnerable. One of his main drivers had been to shine a light on an army of often unsung community heroes. These heroes did not wear capes, but they shared their expertise, empathy, and the most valuable resource in the world, their time. Whilst fulfilling his duties, he had been honoured to meet heroes like this every day and was in awe of their passion and commitment.
He was humbled to be joined by Tim Owen, a founding member of Papyrus, and one of the 3-Dads Walking. Papyrus was dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide, the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people. Suicide was the biggest killer of people under the age of 35 and sadly numbers of suicides had started to increase in people of secondary school age. The mission of 3-Dads Walking had recently been highlighted in Parliament, with MP’s debating whether suicide awareness could be added into the national curriculum that the Chairman fully supported.
Papyrus was one of his nominated charities this year and he therefore urged everyone present at this meeting, to visit the Papyrus website, and to contact Tim, to see what support they could offer.
The Chairman then thanked his wife Sue, who had been his rock throughout his career and an amazing woman whose support, advice and encouragement had been immeasurable, particularly throughout these last 12 months.
His wife Sue, Teresa and Jo were then presented with bouquets of flowers as a small token of his appreciation. He also thanked Julie Britton and Alison Chubbock, two staff members who had helped with the raffle at his recent civic event, both of whom were also presented with a small token of his appreciation.
The Chairman then invited both Tim Owen from Papyrus and Victoria Johnson from Norfolk and Waveney MIND to receive their cheques from the Chairman’s charity fund.
Photos were then taken and following a round of applause from all in attendance, Tim and Victoria were then provided the opportunity to speak and both thanked the Chairman for his tremendous support.
Concluding his final public speech, the Chairman, once again, thanked everyone for their support during these last 12 months.