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Thank You Vanessa Hillier

Vanessa-Hillier signing her acceptance to become a Town Councillor {Play}On Tuesday, 4 January 2022 Councillor Vanessa Hillier stood down from the Town Council.

At that evening’s Full Town Council meeting our Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper, thanked her for all her hard work while a member of the Council and said it had always been a pleasure to work with her.  Councillor Hillier had contributed a lot: knowing how much she loved Marlborough the Mayor hoped she could continue to contribute in other ways, and he asked Councillors to join him in wishing her well and thanking her for her service.

Born at Savernake Hospital, Vanessa trained as a nurse and has spent much of her life in the caring profession particularly looking after the needs of elderly and vulnerable people in the town. She has also been a volunteer for a number of local groups as well as being a member of the Marlborough Macmillan Cancer Support Committee for more than 30 years including taking the role of Chair. 

Vanessa was co-opted to the Town Council on 9 December 2019.  It wasn't an easy introduction to the role: joining the Council just before the Coronavirus pandemic hit early in 2020, her meetings with fellow Councillors until the end of May 2021 were via Zoom rather than in person.  It was a long time before she got to wear her Councillor robe. 

Vanessa was very involved with the response to the pandemic – in March 2020 and before the country went into the first lockdown she was an early volunteer to help those who were shielding, elderly or just plain anxious about leaving home.  She joined in with approximately 300 other residents to help shop and pick up prescriptions for people.  If this wasn't enough, she was also a very busy key coordinator for the volunteer scheme, working closely with the Assistant Town Clerk to match requests for help to available volunteers and making sure the volunteers all had PPE – not an easy task at the time when masks and hand sanitiser were in such short supply.

We hope you will join us in thanking her for her service as a Councillor and particularly for her active contribution to our community.

 

Councillors Vanessa Hillier and Lisa Farrell wearing their volunteer lanyards shopping for vulnerable people during the pandemic

Councillors Vanessa Hillier and Lisa Farrell shopping for residents in April 2020 during the first UK lockdown

 

We'll provide a news item to explain how this vacancy will be filled in the next few days.

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