FORGET ABOUT THE POLITICS-
HILARY HAS WORKED HER SOCKS OFF
FOR THE TOWN!!
Its no secret that chippingnorton.net has always been a big fan of Hilary Biles. (Give or take the odd spat when she been angry with us about something or other) We dipped into our picture archive to find just a sample of the things which Hilary has been up to as our County Councillor in the last three or four years. Hilary is a real mover - into everything. There must be very few people in the town who have not come into contact with her one way or another. She deserves to be re-elected. She has worked her socks off on our behalf. Hilary is one of the very few people in these parts who can actually get things done. We will certainly do everything we can to help her back to County Hall.
Left: Hilary has been very active and successful in sorting out the Albion Street crossing problem. She will take advice from anyone! Centre: Hilary persuaded the Chief Constable to visit the town and took her around personally. Right: When the climbing wall came to town first up it was Hilary!
Left: At the famous Hospital meeting in the Church attended by 1000 people, Hilary let the man from the PCT have it with all guns blazing Right: Outside she lobbied her Shipton GP and the Vicar
Hilary has formed a great team with Chunky Townley - our District Councillor and Chairman of the Hospital Action Group. Left: She inspects the hospital plans at the public exhibition. Right: Hilary and Chunky in Witney on their way to make a presentation to the WODC Cabinet about the hospital
Left: In the huge demonstration in the Market Square in 2006 Hilary played the part of a hospital patient and was wheeled along Topside in a bed. Right: Hilary visits the Police Post which was tried out in the Lower Town Hall for three months. She chats with Lucy - a local PCSO
Left: Hilary always enjoys turning out on parade in Civic processions. Here she is alongside John Hannis at the Charter celebrations.. Right: Even in the heat of County Council elections she finds time for a joke with her labour opponent Rob Evans. A personal contest revived again this year.
Left: Hilary got so fed up with the weeds in the flower beds in the Market Square that she persuaded the County Council to clear them up and plant some shrubs. In that scorching summer the Town Council failed to water the plants and they all died. Hilary was incandescent! Right: Hilary chats with Maureen Shepherd at a Town Hall Open Day
Left: Hilary meeting constituents in the Market Square. Right: Presenting the Sports Club of the Year award to the Chipping Norton Rugby Club
Getting alongside the movers and shakers has always been Hilary's style. Left: Hilary explains to Oliver Herrin back in 2005 why getting a pedestrian crossing on Albion Street was going to be a long slog. They finally succeeded this year. Right: Hilary with Clive Hill Secretary of the Hospital Action Group. Together they kept up the pressure on the PCT, the OCC and the Overview and Security Committee for four years. The JCBs finally moved on to the new hospital site last month.
Left: Hilary has got deeply involved in Youth and Sport issues in the town. She has been pushing the need for a new Youth Centre really hard with the County and has managed to help the Chippy Swifts access funds to refurbish their changing room. Left: Hilary is seen with members of the Youth centre trying to establish just what facilities they are after. Right: The Sportsman of the Year Award was awarded last year to Tony Cripps of Chippy Rugby Club. Tony died tragically in an accident and Hilary is presenting the award to his widow Kay
Left: Hilary is hoisted up on a cherry picker to help put up the Christmas trees Right: Having organised a first Freshers Fair at the School Hilary took the opportunity to carry out some first hand research among the many hundreds of kids who attended.
Left: Hilary shows off a new computer with Ian at the WODC one-stop shop in the Guildhall. Right: Spending your life sorting out all these useless men can be a tiring business. You need a bit of light relief. Hilary likes nothing better than a good laugh with the girlsl Up at the Youth Centre there were tears in her eyes.
I didn't get a picture of the times Hilary went out on call with an ambulance to check that they could reach the villages within eight minutes. Nor the time when her campaign to cut down on HGVs through the town involved her manning a road block on the London Road. Nor her expeditions to check on our new playground with her granddaughter. Some of us old timers just can't keep up!
And lastly to mention the elderly gentleman who lives in Shepherd Way and made his feelings clear: "I'm voting for Hilary because she is the only local politician who found a way to come and see us when we were cut off in the snow earlier this year to make sure we were all OK. You don't forget things like that!""