Steve Nash, current Town Clerk to Ringwood Town Council, will be leaving the council at the end of the year to take up a similar position with Swanley Town Council in Kent. Mr Nash has been the Ringwood Town Clerk for about three years, moving to Ringwood from Fawley Parish Council.

Steve has been a charismatic and maverick figure within the town, where much of his expertise has been in organising major town events. It was through Steve’s efforts that the Christmas Fun Day event now held on the first Saturday of December show-cased the town and did much to heighten the profile of Ringwood, bringing folk into Ringwood. Steve has also introduced continental markets and the new monthly market held outside the Gateway Building is credited to Steve.

To underpin events being held in the town Steve inaugurated the Ringwood Events Committee of which he is chairman. Steve was able to use his unique skill in fund raising for the benefit of the town, sourcing funding and grants which enabled events to be staged.

As a former serviceman Steve ensured that the annual summer Armed Forces Day became part of the Ringwood calendar. In early November Steve and his events committee were the inspiration behind a town firework display held on Carvers and attended by thousands residents. During his term of office The Place, the youth centre on Carvers was built and opened and plans laid for the expansion of sporting interests at Long Lane.

‘Mr Nash has, unquestionably had a marked impact on the town in a number of areas and speaking on behalf of colleague councillors the town council would wish to publicly thank him for the impressive work he has undertaken for the betterment of the town. The Council extends to Steve, and his family every best wish in this new, and challenging appointment,’ said Cllr Michael Thierry, Town Mayor of Ringwood.

The town council will now commence the process of appointing a new town clerk, to begin in the New Year. The Christmas lights and switch on in Ringwood will be held on Saturday, December 3rd. With the merriment extending from the Market Place along the High Street. Activities commence at 10.00am and will continue until 7.00pm. Car parking charges in all New Forest District Council car parks will be suspended.