Tributes paid to ‘popular and well-respected’ Hailsham councillor

Councillor Stella Henstock SUS-151027-142708001
Councillor Stella Henstock SUS-151027-142708001

Tributes have poured in for a popular Hailsham town councillor ‘with a heart of gold’ who passed away last week (Thursday, October 22).

Councillor Stella Henstock was a well-respected and active member of the local community having been elected on to the Town Council in May 1999.

She represented Hailsham East ward and serviced on a number of committees, including the Town Council’s former Environment and Leisure and Festivities Committees, the latter of which she was vice-chairman from May 2008 to May 2009. She was also on the Communities Committee from May 2015.

Cllr Henstock was also an active member of the Hailsham Bonfire Society committee, serving as Honorary President for many years.

Deputy Town Mayor Councillor Amanda O’Rawe offered her condolences on behalf of Hailsham Town Council. She said: “Councillor Henstock was a very popular and well-respected town councillor, having served the community for many years and caring passionately about Hailsham and its residents.

“We are all greatly upset by the news that our friend has passed away.

“I know I speak for all my colleagues at the Town Council, as well as the wider community, when I say that Councillor Henstock will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.”

Mickey Caira, Deputy Town Clerk, said: “I can only add to the many wonderful messages which have already circulated about Councillor Henstock - this is such a huge loss for Hailsham and for everyone who knew her.”

Fellow town councillor Barbara Holbrook, a long-term friend of Councillor Henstock’s who gave assistance to enable her to get to council meetings, especially when she was in poor health, said: “My husband Paul and I were so very sorry to learn the news about Stella’s passing. She was an exceptional friend with a heart of gold and good sense of humour and it was a pleasure to work with her on the Council and meet up with her for regular outings.

“We’ve lost someone who has made a big contribution to the life and well-being of the local community in which she lived and served.”

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