Outgoing Council President hands over to former NATO peacekeeper
Outgoing Ashfield District Council President Councilor Arnie Hankin was honored for his year in office at the council’s annual general meeting on Thursday 26 May.
Over the past 12 months, Councilor Arnie Hankin, a local councilor from Selston, has represented the council at dozens of events throughout the district.
During his tenure as chairman, Councilor Hankin raised over £4,000 for his two chosen charities, Cancer Research UK and The British Heart Foundation.
Commenting on his time as President, Councilor Hankin said, “It has been an absolute honor and privilege to serve the residents of Ashfield as President. I loved every minute; it went way too fast.
“I would like to thank all the advisors and Council officers for their support over the past year. A special thank you should go to Councilor John Smallridge, who has been a wonderful vice-president.
As Chairman of Ashfield District Council, Councilor Arnie Hankin has had the opportunity to attend a variety of events and functions as part of his civic duty.
Her favorite memories of the past year include performing Ashfield at many Nottinghamshire community events, in particular hosting many fundraisers – honoring the Armed Forces, Remembrance Day parades and the recent fundraising ball for charities he chose.
He has also used his year to promote Selston Country Park and was recently delighted to open his new cafe.
Councilor Arnie Hankin has some advice for the incoming President, Councilor David Walters, and the Vice President, Councilor Dale Grounds. He said: “Congratulations to David and Dale on their nominations. I am sure they will do a fantastic job for the residents. Be sure to enjoy your year and do your best to represent Ashfield.
“My final piece of advice as Ashfield District Council President is for the residents; cherish every moment and live life to the fullest.
Ashfield District Council’s new chairman, Councilor David Walters, was first elected to the council in 2019, since then he has represented the council as Armed Forces Champion, Local Partnership Council member civilian and military, Governor of the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation. Trust, member of the Nottinghamshire County Council Health and Wellbeing Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Adviser Walters retired from the military after decades of service in the armed forces, both in uniform with the Royal Air Force and as a civilian as part of NATO Forces Europe.
Upon the fall of the Iron Curtain and the reunification of Germany, Councilor Walters returned to the UK in 1997 and worked until his retirement as a management systems auditor for a German care company world’s leading healthcare company specializing in kidney care (kidney treatment/production of dialysis equipment).
The newly elected President of Ashfield District Council, Councilor David Walters, said: “I am proud to be the new President of Ashfield District Council, it is an honour. I would like to thank Councilor Arnie Hankin for his dedication over the past year.
Ashfield District Council’s new vice-chairman, Councilor Dale Grounds, also joined the council in 2019. Councilor Dale Grounds has been a prominent figure in the community and is well known as his alter ego, Spiderman. During the pandemic, unable to visit hospitals as Spiderman, Councilor Grounds began video calling children he would normally see in person. He also became a volunteer at Ashfield Health’s Village Vaccination Center, devoting hundreds of hours to aiding Covid-19 vaccination efforts.
Councilor Dale Grounds said, “Becoming vice-chairman of the council is a huge source of pride for me. I will strive to continue to make a difference in the community. I look forward to my first civic duty.