Councillor Peter Hall Elected Mayor of Christchurch
By Com_Publisher | Thursday, May 17, 2012, 20:59
Cllr. Peter Hall has been sworn in as Mayor of Christchurch at the annual meeting of Christchurch Borough Council.
Sue Spittle & Peter Hall
Cllr Hall serves the town centre ward and was elected to the Borough Council in 1995 and to Dorset County Council in 1997. Having served on many different committees at both councils, presently his two main committees at Christchurch are Planning Control and Scrutiny, and the Community Overview, Environment Overview and Planning at County. Cllr Hall is a Member of the Conservative Group.
Cllr Hall was born and brought up in Mudeford, Christchurch, attending Mudeford Infant and Mudeford Juniors schools, before going on to attend Christchurch Secondary Modern School (now Twynham).
After leaving school he served a five-year apprenticeship in toolmaking with Vickers Armstrong Ltd., which later became the British Aircraft Corporation (B.A.C.) at Hurn Airport, and after a few years he transferred to the Design Office as a draughtsman.
After 14 years he left to take a contract with the Israel Aircraft Industries as Senior Design Draughtsman, designing various parts for the reconfigured Mirage, and then went on to work on the European Airbus.
Cllr Hall returned to the UK and decided on a career change, attending a three-year degree course in Design and Technology at King Alfred's College, where he gained his B.Ed teaching degree. After teaching D&T in Bournemouth in secondary education for a considerable number of years, Councillor Hall took the opportunity of early retirement.
Having always enjoyed sports, he played football for Mudeford Football Club for several years, played tennis for Christchurch Tennis Club, and cricket. His main sport, however, has always been sailing, buying his first sailing dinghy aged fourteen. Councillor Hall and his wife, Sally now own a Westerly Konsort sailing cruiser and are members of Christchurch Sailing Club and the Mid Week Cruising fleet. It was through his interest in sailing that Councillor Hall met his wife.
Before being elected to the Borough Council in 1995, Councillor Hall was chairman of the Friends of the Town Centre, and chairman of Christchurch Citizen's Association. He is also the longest-serving chairman of the oldest association in the borough, the Christchurch Commoners Association, who are responsible for the management and husbandry of nearly 100 acres of local land.
Peter is active in the community as Vice-Chairman of the Town Centre PACT panel (Police and Community working Together). He is still a member of the Christchurch Citizens' Association, and regularly attends their meetings, as he does with SAMRA. He is Dorset County Council's representative on the Management Committee of the Lighthouse Youth Club was Chairman for four years and is now the Vice-Chairman.
Peter and Sally have three children, two grandchildren and have recently celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
The Mayor's chosen charities for 2012/13 are:
• The Christchurch District Scouts
• The Lighthouse Youth Club
• Age Concern Christchurch
On being elected, Cllr Hall said: "I very much enjoy the council work I have undertaken, and feel it is an honour and a privilege to serve the residents of our historic town. My wife and I are very much looking forward to serving as Mayor and Mayoress of this beautiful town."
At the annual meeting Cllr John Lofts was also sworn in as Deputy Mayor for 2012/13. Cllr Lofts is member for the Highcliffe ward.