John and Heather become honorary aldermen
FORMER long-serving Hanham ward councillors John and Heather Goddard have been made honorary aldermen.
Heather and John Goddard are pictured with former Downend ward councillor Janet Biggin, who was also made an honorary alderman, at the ceremony on July 17
The husband and wife, who represented the Conservative party, have been given the honour in recognition of eminent services to South Gloucestershire Council.
They were among 12 former South Glos councillors who received the accolade at a special ceremony ahead of a full council meeting on July 17.
Council leader and leader of the Conservative group, Cllr Toby Savage, paid tribute to John and Heather.
He said: “Having lived in Hanham for 55 years, John and Heather Goddard have been stalwarts of the community, with more than a century of public service between them, being elected to South Gloucestershire Council in 2003, and Heather also serving on Kingswood Borough Council for 17 years prior to that.
“Both served with distinction in positions of responsibility on the council; John as the cabinet member for Corporate Resources, and Heather as the cabinet member for Strategic Partnerships, European Affairs and External Affairs, and later for Communities, also chairing the Health and Wellbeing Board and Safer and Stronger Partnership.
“Alongside our current vice chair, Cllr June Bamford, John and Heather worked outstandingly as the local team in Hanham, giving their time to a wide range of local organisations, with Heather and John’s legacy being a regenerated High Street, an active Traders and Community Partnership and a vibrant youth club.
“They reluctantly made the decision to stand down at the last local elections, with the intention to relax and enjoy their retirement, taking holidays and spending time with family and friends, but their sense of community spirit proved too strong to resist, and I am delighted both have been re-elected to Hanham Abbots Parish Council.
“I am pleased to see them get the recognition they deserve by receiving Honorary Alderman status.”
Other former councillors made honorary aldermen are Shirley Potts, Janet Biggin, Ian Blair, Linda Boon, Dave Hockey, Pat Hockey, Sue Hope, Roger Hutchinson, Andy Perkins and Sue Walker.
Photos courtesy of RichMcD/South Glos Council