FIVE local organisations received a parting gift from retiring Shaw and Crompton Parish Council chair councillor David Bibby.
Each term of office, the leader of the council engages in charity fund raising activities as part of their civic role. Ex-councillor Bibby, who did not stand for re-election at the polls in May, chose Dr Kershaw’s Hospice to be the main beneficiary of the funding.
Representatives of each of the five organisations attended at the Parish Council offices in Shaw to collect their cheques.
Donations went to Dr Kershaw’s (£800), St James Church, East Crompton (£250 towards the church Lads and Girls’ brigades plus work with the visually impaired), Royal British Legion, Shaw (£250 towards support for service veterans and their families), First Shaw Scouts Group (£120 for equipment and towards upkeep of scout hut) and VI Bees (£110 for their support of the visually impaired in the community).
Speaking before the handover, ex-councillor Bibby said: “I have found my eight years as a parish councillor to be extremely rewarding.
“While I will no longer be a parish councillor I would like the Parish Council to feel free to call on my assistance should they need me as a steward, marshal or whatever maybe needed.
“I wish my successor as chairman a happy and successful year in office.”
His successor is 20-year-old Joe Beeston from Shaw, who is thought to be one of the youngest chairs in Parish Council history.
He was confirmed in the role at the Parish Council meeting on Monday, June 10.