Eastleigh Borough Council has announced the death of former Mayor Doreen Wellfare.
Doreen Wellfare represented the Borough’s Hiltingbury Ward for thirty eight years making her the Council’s longest serving lady member and was elected Mayor of Eastleigh in 1980.
Mrs Wellfare was also awarded the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Eastleigh in November 2008 in recognition of her service to the Borough Council as a past Mayor, and her other public service roles for the community. She was first elected to the Council in 1970 when it comprised the areas of Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh and Bishopstoke. She took a leading interest in housing and one of residential homes in Eastleigh town centre is named after her.
During her Mayoral year she raised what was then a record amount through her charity appeal to help fund the purchase of the Wessex Body Scanner. She also launched the borough’s first glass recycling bank and welcomed Eastleigh built locomotive 828 back to the town for its historic restoration.
Mayor of Eastleigh Tony Noyce said:
“We are all deeply saddened by the news that Doreen has passed away. She was a highly respected and a great servant to the residents of the Borough of Eastleigh. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.”
Mrs Wellfare had had represented the Conservative party and this morning the Leader of Eastleigh Conservative Group Cllr Godfrey Olson, a former colleague, paid a personal tribute to Doreen Welfare describing her as a ‘lovely lady’:
Cllr Olson recalled her work during her time as Chair of the housing committee when she instigated improvements to the council housing stock at a time when some of the older houses still had asbestos roofing and wooden frame windows.
Cllr Olson added:
“She was a very dedicated member – never missed a meeting and was always very diligent and very charming.”