Long service recognition for Uttlesford duo

Jim Ketteridge and Jan Menell are presented with Alderman certificates.

Jim Ketteridge and Jan Menell are presented with Alderman certificates. - Credit: Archant

Two long serving former councillors have been recognised for their service to Uttlesford.

Jim Ketteridge and Jan Menell have been made an Alderman of Uttlesford District Council and both were presented with certificates at the full council meeting on Tuesday, July 28.

Mr Ketteridge service on the council from 1979 to 1995 and again from 1999 to May this year. He was appointed leader in 2007, which he held for seven years. Mr Ketteridge was also chairman in 2002.

Ms Menell served Littlebury for 41 years from 1974. She too was chairman of UDC, holding the position in 1994.

Current chairman Councillor Stephanie Harris said: “I am delighted the title of Honorary Alderman has been awarded to Jim Ketteridge and Jan Menell.

“They made major contributions to the Council and the communities of Uttlesford over many years and both thoroughly deserve this accolade.”

Mr Ketteridge said: “The council has changed dramatically since I was first elected when the council offices were in the offices of the former Saffron Walden Rural District Council in Debden Road. In those days the majority of councillors were smokers and committee meetings would be held in a haze of tobacco smoke. I have seen many projects come to fruition in that time – the leisure centres, Swan Meadow car park and the London Road offices to name but three.

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“I wish the new council well in their endeavours and I feel sure that Uttlesford will remain at the forefront of local government.”

During her term as chairman, Ms Menell started the Buffy Playbus, which she says was a highlight of her work at the council. She added: “I considered it a privilege to represent residents of the former Littlebury ward for so many years and like Jim witnessed many changes, working not only alongside excellent colleagues but with many long-serving officers and loyal employees.

“The Buffy Playbus has supported many thousands of children across the district and I am particularly proud that it is still running successfully 21 years later.”

The pair may attend and take part in civic occasions as aldermen.