Councillor will be sadly missed

Anita Lewis
Anita Lewis

A longstanding councillor sadly passed away this week.

Councillor Anita Lewis, who represented parishioners on Potton Town Council for nearly two decades, died on Monday (February 3).

She had been fighting cancer for many years and suffered a stroke a few weeks ago.

Mrs Lewis was also a councillor for Mid Beds District Council and then Central Beds Council until she lost her seat in 2011.

Potton Town Council held a minute’s silence at the monthly meeting on Tuesday evening.

Council chairman, Councillor Alan Leggatt, paid tribute to Mrs Lewis.

He said: “The councillors are saddened by the news of her death on Monday.

“She was an outstanding councillor on Potton Town Council and also for many years as a ward councillor on Mid Beds District Council and Central Beds Council.

“She was portfolio holder for children’s services and did an excellent job in that role.

“Her depth of knowledge on local affairs will be sadly missed.”

Mrs Lewis is survived by her husband, John Lewis, who is also a member of Potton Town Council, and their children.

The council’s thoughts are with the family, Mr Leggatt said, adding: “She was a very caring sort of person and she did an awful lot for the people of this town on an individual basis.

“She took the people involved in children’s services under her wing and supported anyone involved with that.

“It’s a sad loss and her death is a shock.”

Mrs Lewis was a long serving governor at Burgoyne Middle School in Potton and took her turn as the governing body’s chair.

Writing on Twitter, Emma Morris said: “So very sorry to learn of Anita’s death.

“It was a pleasure to work with her on the governing board at Burgoyne Middle.”

A former teacher, college lecturer and inspector of schools, she had an excellent knowledge of children and young people.

Mrs Lewis was also the treasurer of Potton History Society and she had a keen interest in the town’s heritage, which was deepened by her residence in Sun House, the oldest dwelling to survive the great fire of Potton in 1783.

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