BRIAN Leversha has taken over the reins as chairman of Hart Council.

Cllr Leversha said he was delighted to accept the position and would perform the role to the best of his ability.

He said: “I have not decided on the charities I will be supporting during my term of office but it will certainly be supporting cancer research in one way or another.”

Retiring council chairman Jonathan Glen thanked his fellow councillors for their support throughout the year and the staff at Hart Council, especially those in the support department.

“I would also like to say thank you to the chairman’s secretary Vivien Lester,” he said. “Mere words cannot describe the support she has given me.

“It has been a pleasure to come into the offices and be greeted in such a friendly way by everyone.

“Also based in the civic offices is Hart Voluntary Action, with whom I have had quite a lot of contact during my year.

“Pam Worsfold and Terry Bishop have been my contacts and I would like to thank them both.”

Cllr Glen also thanked the press for their support.

He said he especially remembers the time he went to Rosemary Court in Hartley Wintney to meet a lady celebrating her 100th birthday.

“When I arrived the sherry was flowing and I joined in,” said Cllr Glen.

“The press came and took a close-up picture and next week in the Fleet News was a picture of the two of us beaming happily.

“However, right next to it was a separate article with the headline ‘an accident waiting to happen’.”

Cllr Glen said the high point of his year in office was the Hart Young Musician of the Year competition.

“That was one of the most rewarding and positive events in my calendar and gave me the chance to meet a wonderful array of talented youngsters,” he said.

“The most moving point of the year was the remembrance service for September 11 held outside the civic offices, which many people from Hart attended.”

Cllr Glen said he was delighted that a total of £4,200 was raised for his two charities — Home-Start and the Frimley Park Hospital PET Scanner Appeal.

He added: “The beauty about local government is that it is local and you are offered the most amazing opportunity to meet the most extraordinary people.

“If you are ever offered the job seize the opportunity.”