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Help at hand for mayor


The new mayor of Ollerton and Boughton knows what to expect during her year in office because she is following in her husband’s footsteps.

Mrs Pamela Snood (58) of Breck Bank, Ollerton, was unanimously elected at the council’s annual meeting on Wednesday

She has been a member of the council for a year.

Her husband, Mr Russell Snood, a former Newark and Sherwood district councillor, has been a town councillor for about seven years.

He was the town’s mayor in 2004-05.

Mrs Snood said she was very proud of Ollerton and was looking forward to carrying on the good work that the councillors had done so far.

She is particularly looking forward to meeting people who she would not otherwise have the chance to meet.

Mrs Snood said she knew what to expect because she had been the mayor’s consort.

She works as a clerical officer for Nottinghamshire County Council, based at Sherwood Forest Visitors Centre and Rufford Country Park.

The out-going mayor, Mr Terry Bell, thanked councillors for their support and said he had enjoyed the past year.

He said he had learned a lot from meeting councillors in the area.

Mrs Stella Smedley said Mr Bell had lived up to the councillors’ very high expectations and he and his consort, his wife, Mrs Carole Turner, had made a favourable impression wherever they went.

Mr Jason Ferguson (38) of Wellow Road, Ollerton, was unanimously elected deputy mayor.

He has been a town councillor for about two years.

Mrs Smedley said everyone had been very impressed with the commitment he had already shown to Ollerton and Boughton.

Mr Ben Wells was re-elected as the leader and Mrs Turner was re-elected as deputy leader.

Mr Wells said it was a great honour to be the leader of such a forward-looking council.

He said: “The differences this town is seeing is not done without a lot of work and effort by my colleagues on this council.”

He said the past year had been difficult with the clerk, Mrs Christine Leivers, and the deputy clerk, Mrs Karen Wakefield, off sick for several months at the same time.

He thanked them for coming into work at times when they should have been at home.

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