Search

New Mayor of Redbridge names his charity at annual council meeting

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:25 18 June 2014

Ashley Kissin

Ashley Kissin

Archant

The new Mayor of Redbridge said he is hoping to raise tens of thousands of pounds for his chosen charity, the Royal British Legion

Cllr Jas Athwal, leader of the Redbridge Labour groupCllr Jas Athwal, leader of the Redbridge Labour group

Ashley Kissin, a Conservative councillor for eight years, was elected as the new Mayor of Redbridge in front of a packed council chamber last week.

Cllr Kissin said: “The first few days have been pretty good. The evening [at Redbridge Town Hall] was wonderful – it was really exciting and my family enjoyed it.”

He said his father was a member of the military charity, which provides 
advice and support to current and former members of the armed services, and he is aiming to raise at least £75,000.

“They do a wonderful job for all ex-service personal and their families, plus they have a wonderful welfare scheme for badly injured soldiers. My dad was a member of the Royal British 
Legion for many, many years.”

‘Proud’

Asked whether he hoped to raise more money than departing mayor Felicity Banks, who raised nearly £75,000 for charity Hopes and Dreams, Cllr Kissin said: “I am hoping to get as much, if not more than 
Felicity’s total.”

Wife Hilary Kissin, the Mayoress of Redbridge, said she felt “proud” and “privileged” at her husband’s 
appointment.

The couple will be celebrating their ruby wedding anniversary during his mayoral year. “I am just looking forward to the year,” said Mrs Kissin. “Everyone tells me it is going to be great. He has been looking forward to it so much.”

Mrs Kissin, a Redbridge resident all her life, said the appointment was a testament to the hard work her husband had put in as a councillor. She added: “We will just try to serve the public in the best way we can.”

Cllr Jas Athwal (Lab, Mayfield) seconded the Conservative councillor for the position of Mayor of Redbridge at the annual council meeting.

“The role of mayor signifies everything this borough stands for,” he said.

“Cllr Kissin is a true gentleman. It is important to recognise service

Latest Ilford News Stories

Yesterday, 18:00

A coach who runs football sessions twice a week has won the Mind Wellbeing Award at the British Ethnic Diversity Awards for her work with the Coping Through Football Project.

Yesterday, 18:00

The officers in charge of the year-long investigation into open drug dealing at Ilford station have welcomed the news that 11 men have today been sent to prison.

Yesterday, 17:38

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that action is being taken to address “dangerous” overcrowding at Ilford station.

Yesterday, 17:21

Passionate activists, high-flying youngsters and dedicated volunteers were honoured at the annual Mayor’s Community Awards last night.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now