Councillor Sheila Denwood
Sheila is the fourth generation of a Lancaster family, and proud to be so!
She attended St. Thomas’s school, now Ripley St. Thomas’s C/E High School. Sheila and her husband, Maurice moved from Bulk Ward, to Lily Grove in Scotforth in 1976. She considers herself lucky to live in such a beautiful area.
Sheila was introduced to real politics by her late father in law, Councillor Charlie Denwood, a long serving loyal councillor for Bulk Ward, and Lancaster’s mayor in 1967/8.
She joined the Labour Party in 1973 and first stood in elections for the City Council in Scotforth East Ward in 1984, but lost by only 30 votes. This election confirmed Sheila’s approach that has brought her respect from her constituents ever since; that is people should be listened to and that elected councillors need to gain their trust.
In the next few years Sheila’ health suffered and she was not able to take the full and active role in the local Labour Party that she wanted. However, once recovered Sheila threw herself into her work for local constituents and was elected to the city council for Scotforth West in 1995. She has now served as a hard working and much respected councillor for Scotforth West for over 20 years.
In addition to being a Councillor and supporting her constituents Sheila makes a considerable contribution to other organisations around the City. Looking at the list below it is hard to see how she has any time for herself!
Roles within the Council (past and present) include:
- Deputy Mayor in 2000/1 to Councillor Edna Jones, a well respected Carnforth councillor, and town councillor.
- Lancaster City Council Licensing Committee - 15 years.
- Formerly deputy also vice chair of Council Housing Policy.
- Worked on several task groups including, cemetery committee, older persons task group, recycling group, and anti social behaviour group.
- Standards Committee member.
- Planning Regulatory Committee Member – 8 years.
- Chairman of Appeals Committee (tree preservation orders) – 8 years.
- Formerly Chair of the Labour Group of councillors at a time when there was a full capacity group of 31 on the City Council.
Sheila’s work on outside bodies includes:
- International twinning society – 8 years.
- Heysham power station liaison group - 13 years.
- Greaves residents committee, (now defunct) serving many years, doing walkabouts and litter picking in the ward, involving the residents on a regular basis.
- A regular member of the monthly pact meetings, listening to residents concerns and trying to sort them out (not always possible of course).
- Member of the independent custody visitors panel, visiting once a month, a branch of the Lancashire police authority
- Governor of Ripley St. Thomas’s C/E High School – 14 years.
- Governor of the Priory Church Ripley Trust Board - 14 years.
- Former governor of Scotforth C/E school - 10 years.
- A serving member of the Lancaster military heritage group - 10 years. Sheila was group chairman for 3 years.
- Member of the friends of the Lancaster museum group.
- Regular member of St Paul’s church congregation.
- Previous chair of Lancaster Branch Labour Party, which was combined with Scotforth West, and Scotforth East some years ago.
Sheila makes a point of serving her constituents by always trying, listening, to their concerns and helping where possible.
You’ll see Sheila around the ward on one of her regular walkabouts with a city council housing officer. She believes in being seen and accessible. So, if you bump into Sheila, stop her for a chat. She’ll always be interested in your views.
Find out more about Sheila on the Lancaster City Council web site.
Councillor Ronnie Kershaw
Ronnie lives in Scotforth West with his wife and two boys.
He has been a Labour Party member for over 30 years and is an active local campaigner.
Most recently he’s been working to prevent cuts to our NHS, particularly against the threats to services at the RLI. Ronnie is a strong believer in Labour values and if elected he sees it as a great opportunity to put them into practice for the benefit of the residents of Scotforth West and Lancaster as a whole.
Many Scotforth residents will already know Ronnie. He has previously stood for election in Bulk and in 2007, alongside Sheila, he stood as a Labour candidate in Scotforth West. He enjoys talking to people, listening to their concerns and working to resolve them.
He has been meeting Scotforth West residents on the doorstep and will continue to do so.