In memory of Ann Lewis

by Councillor Hayden Phillips
Over the last 40 years, the name Ann Lewis has been well known around the villages of Wood End, Hurley, Piccadilly and the surrounding areas. The name has become synonymous with kindness, consideration and heartfelt well wishes for that was exactly who Ann was. To me she was a life-long friend, to my children a relative by proximity and friendship and even to my grandchildren, for whom she became a fairy, suitable for any occasion (Christmas, birthdays or Easter) for she never left them out of her thoughts and always asked about them. This is true for many individuals for whom she crossed paths with, and as a result, she was much loved and will forever be much missed and well-remembered.

Ann dedicated her life to the family who she loved most dearly and now leaves behind, and to the community for whom she also gave so much. In 2019, when Ann stepped down as a borough councillor, she was recognised as being the longest serving female councillor in the country, and in that time there have been multiple initiatives and projects which she has headed and contributed towards, always with the benefit of the public and community in mind. Being one of the founding members of the Bee Line Taxi service, giving residents access to medical treatments and appointments, was something that was dear to her heart, as was founding and supporting local community association groups including a youth association for the three villages within her ward.

Being involved in the next generation was something Ann felt most dearly about and as a result she sat on the governing body of both Wood End and Hurley Primary Schools for over 20 years collectively, where she felt privileged to be making constant improvements and change to facilitate the learning of the youth of her area. Ann also served as the Mayor of North Warwickshire from 1990-1991, where she felt honoured to be part of people’s lives and events and making a difference.

In addition to all of her achievements serving the community through her councillor work, Ann was also a prominent member of the church parish community. A community through which she was able to reach out and touch more hearts and minds and make dear friends who will also miss her.

Writing down the achievements and friendships that Ann made and had in words will simply never be enough to honour the difference that she had on either me or the community. Her actions, and the memories that others have of her, will do her far more justice than even the most poetic of words could express. She was a remarkable woman and one whom I’m glad to have known in friendship for so long and to whom my own children could look up to and count upon as an extension to their own families. Many in the community will feel her loss at this time. We were touched by her presence and her legacy will be a lasting tribute that will keep her alive in our hearts.

Forever in our thoughts,

Councillor Hayden Phillips

 

This statement was originally posted by Councillor Owen Phillips for Hurley & Wood End via Facebook with the additional words: “In the wake of finding out about the sad passing of Ann Lewis on Saturday 23rd April, Councillor Hayden Phillips, as her friend and colleague, has asked me to make the following words public on his behalf.
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