Chairman of the council
The chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council is Linda Tift.
"I was born in Malta as my Dad was serving in the Royal Navy and educated in Ramsgate at St. George's C of E Girls School.
My first job was in a Ship and Yacht Chandlery and selling boats, which I loved, moving on to an airline as a stewardess with the growing package tour industry.
I met my husband, Allen George Tift and we moved to Central London, the city of free spirit, in the late sixties, running pubs and restaurants.
By the early seventies, we had two small children so we moved back to Ramsgate for a better environment. Allen went back to the Kent Coalfields and I onto hospital administration.
Coal mine closures in Kent forced us to decide to move to the thriving Nottinghamshire Coalfields, coming to Rainworth in 1974 with our three children.
Rainworth was a very different world to what I was used to, but I loved it and once everyone got used to this strange hippie couple, we were welcomed and made lots of friends. I felt as though I was always meant to be here, although I still have trouble keeping my shoes on!
My three children were educated locally and are a testament to the good education they received. I served as a School Governor for Lake View Primary for 12 years.
I have been a Rainworth Parish Councillor for 17 years and served as Chairman. I have been a District Councillor since 2010, filling the vacancy left by my husband. Bless him! I serve on a number of committee roles, NCWC, Palace Theatre and Newark Leisure Centre.
Other responsibilities are the Gilstrap Trust and its link to Newark Castle, Grant Aid and as the NSDC Trustee to Rainworth Village Hall, now a vibrant and busy hub for the community.
I worked for a number of years as a sales negotiator for an estate agent and then for a builder, moving on to Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest, when it first opened. It was a wonderful job but things change and I then went to British Telecom International for the next 20 years until I retired.
For my year as Chairman, I have nominated two causes for which I hope to raise additional funds, the Detached Youth Project in Rainworth and Nottinghamshire Women's Aid and would be very grateful for any support afforded to them.
Outside the busy public life, I enjoy my family life, friends, travelling and theatre, cinema, music, cooking, in fact anything that involves socialising.
I'm involved with several community groups but I also love the quiet times pottering in my shed and garden, reading, swimming and the love of my life - solitary early morning walks in our wonderful Sherwood countryside."
Once the chairman's office has confirmed he/she is to visit or open your event, a civic engagement form will be sent to you.
If you would like the chairman to attend your event please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01636 655501 or write to the Chairman of the Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Castle House, Great North Road, Newark, Notts. NG24 1BY.
It would be helpful if this could be completed and returned as soon as possible. We would need it at least two weeks before the event, along with any other information or literature on your charity or company, or the event itself. This is particularly helpful if you have requested that you wish the chairman to make a speech.
The event will be published on the chairman's weekly engagement sheet, which is circulated to the local press who may take an interest. Media may contact you directly for more information. Some events are further supported by a press release from the council's communications team and an official photographer may be used.
Newark, Ollerton and Southwell
Each year Newark Town Council and Ollerton and Boughton Town Council appoint a Town Mayor who attends local and civic events representing the town council. Southwell Town Council appoints a chairman and vice chairman each year.