Fenland youth councillors urged to carry on good work as new chair, vice-chair and finance officer elected

09:40 02 July 2014

Youth District Council members with Fenland District Councillors and senior officers outside Fenland Hall.

Youth District Council members with Fenland District Councillors and senior officers outside Fenland Hall.


Members of a youth council have been urged to carry on their good work and become the political leaders of the future.

Councillor Michelle Tanfield with Sophie Dawson, Ben Martin and Claire Bennett.Councillor Michelle Tanfield with Sophie Dawson, Ben Martin and Claire Bennett.

Speaking at Fenland’s Youth District Council’s annual general meeting in the Council Chamber at Fenland Hall, Fenland District Council leader John Clark told them: “It’s wonderful to see so many young faces here - and I hope that one day you will take our place when we all head off into the sunset.”

Claire Bennett, from Sir Harry Smith Community College, and Ben Martin, from Wisbech Grammar School, were elected as the new chair and vice-chair, with Sophie Dawson, from Cromwell Community College, becoming the new finance officer.

The young councillors voted to award March Town Cricket Club £500 to help pay for professional coaching sessions for young players at the club’s three-day summer sports festival on July 29-31.

The money has been allocated from the £10,000 grants scheme distributed annually by the YDC.

Outgoing chair Shannon Barrow said the YDC would continue to support events like employability skills days, the Pride in Fenland awards and Golden Age’s electric blanket exchanges.

It would also look to attract more applications for its grants scheme and increase awareness in schools of the YDC’s work.

Councillor Michelle Tanfield, the cabinet member responsible for the YDC, told the young councillors: “I am incredibly impressed by all that you have achieved over the past year. You are doing a fantastic job and I’m looking forward to working with you all.”

She presented Caitlin Mills and Liam Wallace with special certificates in recognition of their contributions to the YDC over several years.

This year’s YDC grants scheme is now open. For details and to apply call Sharon Dove at FDC on 01354 654321 or email sdove@fenland.gov.uk

More news stories

Yesterday, 23:01
Aftermath of car that crashed into bungalows in Norwood Road, March

Police are investigating reports that the driver of a Mercedes that overturned after crashing into a bungalow tonight fled the scene.


March Lions Club, and the Rotary Club of March are working together for the benefit of charities serving the town and surrounding area, by taking Santa on a tour of the streets of March.

Yesterday, 09:01
Rikki Neave, Crime Watch,

The net is closing on the killers of six year-old Rikki Neave, police revealed today.

Yesterday, 13:38
Cavalry Drive- Suffolk Way RTC, Picture: Steve Williams.

A woman has been reported for driving without due care and attention after a 12-year-old girl was knocked off her bike this morning following a collision with a car in Suffolk Way, March.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition