Tributes pour in for former councillor

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Tributes have poured in for a former Mansfield councillor who has died at the age of 68.

Heather Henshaw MBE was a councillor between 2003 and 2011, and passed away on Thursday, 12th March.

Heather, who was the council chairman in 2003/04, served on the executive mayor’s cabinet as the portfolio holder for housing during her term of election.

She stood down at the last elections in May 2011 due to ill health and to spend more time with her family.

Coun Kate Allsop, economic regeneration chief at Mansfield District Council, said: “Heather was the nicest person I have ever known. She was kind, caring and worked tirelessly for her community. When she was council chairman she attended many events representing Mansfield.

“She was graceful, charming and had the warmest personality - everyone who met her would say that she lit up the room just by her presence.

“Glamorous as she was, she was never vain and always put others before herself. When she became portfolio holder for housing she took up her role with enthusiasm.

“No matter what issues residents had, Heather was on the case, ensuring every little detail was attended to.

“I have lost a true friend and Mansfield has lost one of our most dedicated community workers.”

A former resident of Forest Town, Heather, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2011 for her work with the NSPCC in various roles since 1971.

In September 2014, the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace, appointed Heather one of seven Deputy Lieutenants to assist him in his role of representing the Queen in Nottinghamshire.

Heather held a number of community and voluntary roles in the area, including as a trustee at Queen Elizabeth’s School, a trustee for the Allotments of the Labouring Poor and member of Forest Town Community Council.

Her dedication to the NSPCC, having been chairman of the local fundraising committee for many years, led to her being appointed as a member of the National Board of Trustees.

Vice chairman of the board of trustees at the NSPCC, Ann Morrison, said: “Heather was a remarkable person who worked tirelessly and passionately with the NSPCC for more than 44 years to make a difference to the lives of children and young people.

Mark Wood, chairman of the NSPCC board of trustees, added: “We will miss her deeply.”