New team at the helm in Midhurst Town Council offices

Left Mhairi Harkins, Denise Meek and John Etherington

Left Mhairi Harkins, Denise Meek and John Etherington

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THERE’s an international flavour to the new team at Midhurst Town Council offices.

South African Denise Meek has taken over from Joan Hursthouse who retired earlier this month as town clerk.

And also new is Mhairi Harkins who is assistant to the town clerk after returning from Spain.

Denise has been in the country for around 14 years and has spent the last ten years living in Easebourne where she had been home teaching her son.

She had been working as a pensions consultant in South Africa before she came to this county.

Now she has taken on the task of town clerk to the new council following the elections in May.

“It is very different from what I had been doing, but I am looking forward to the challenge,” she told the Observer.

Mhairi has been living in Majorca for the last 24 years working most recently in the yachting industry.

She moved back to England earlier this year to educate her sons Callum (15) and Nathan (13) and chose Midhurst because she read of MRC’s ‘outstanding’ Ofsted status.

Chairman John Etherington welcomed the new team and said: “I look forward to working with them.”

The town council has also welcomed four new councillors - Nigel Cheshire, Lesley Campbell, Jeanette Suton and Carolyn Bishop.

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