Councillor Judith Addison and School Governor (Vice-Chair)

I became Mayor of Hyndburn on 16th May 2013 and finished my term of office on 24th May 2014. I am a Borough Councillor for Immanuel Ward and a Licensed Lay Reader at St. Paul’s Church in the Benefice of Oswaldtwistle. I serve as a Governor at three Church of England Primary Schools – St. Peter’s in Accrington and St. Paul’s and St. Andrew’s in Oswaldtwistle. I’m also a Board Trustee at Hyndburn & Ribble Valley CVS (Council for Voluntary Service), Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Carers’ Link, Hyndburn Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Sure Start Hyndburn. From Spring to Autumn I’m a Volunteer Room Guide at Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham (National Trust). All this keep me very busy! I retired from my full-time paid job at Hyndburn Borough Council five years ago, after over twenty-eight years’ service.

When people asked me five years ago what I was going to do in my retirement I said, “I’m not retiring to hang round at a loose end, to go on one holiday after another or to do housework! I want an active unpaid career in Church and Community!” I regard everything I do as a form of ministry or service. When I had my Mayor-Making Service I chose the hymn, “Brother, Sister, let me serve you” to express how I felt about my role. I don’t separate my Church and Community roles. Jesus told us to be “salt” and “light” in the world. Our Christian beliefs should help us to “make a difference”. When I’m at St. Paul’s Church on a Sunday, people often come up to me over coffee afterwards and ask me for help regarding local matters. I never tell them I’m not on Council duty, or that they should phone me or e-mail me on Monday morning!

As Mayor I’ve had a wonderful time meeting people from Hyndburn’s townships of Accrington, Altham, Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood, Oswaldtwistle and Rishton. I meet people of all ages, from nursery school children to very old people, from all kinds of different backgrounds. I visit schools – nursery, primary, secondary and college, and sometimes welcome young people from Church uniformed organisations such as Scouts and Guides to Accrington Town Hall. I also meet a lot of Cadets – Air, Army, Sea, Police and St. John Ambulance – and sometimes present them with awards. Sometimes I attend sporting events, e.g. starting off the competitors in charity races. I open exhibitions at the Haworth Art Gallery and give a lot of support to the Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre, particularly to the youth drama groups. Sometimes I open new shops and market stalls. I attend special services at Blackburn Cathedral and have recently visited the East Lancs. Hospice and Derian House. I raise money for my four chosen charities by holding fund-raising events during the year.

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