Councillor Anne Rey - Profile - People Before Politics

Councillor Anne Rey - Profile - People Before Politics

Councillor Anne Rey was born in Northbourne, Bournemouth and was educated at Hill View Primary School and then Glenmoor School for Girls as it was then known. She was the Head Girl of Glenmoor in 1973/1974 and was fund raising for charity even back then.

Anne qualified as a Residential Social Worker for the elderly and worked for Dorset County Council, then known as the Dorset Trust.

In 1994 Anne was retired on medical grounds due to a back problem but continued to work for a while as a relief manager for McCarthy & Stone sheltered housing for the elderly.

Anne was first elected as a Councillor to Bournemouth Council in May 1991 for the Redhill Park ward and served alongside her father Alderman Philip Whitelegg. In 2003 due to ward boundary changes Ann stood in the Throop and Muscliff ward and was duly elected. 2003/2004 was a very special year for Anne as she was the Town's first citizen being elected as the Mayor of Bournemouth.

Anne's father, Alderman Philip Whitelegg, who retired from Bournemouth Council, after nearly 50 years service at the age of 86 saw her made Mayor at the Pavilion, Bournemouth with friends and family. Unfortunately her dear Mum died in 1979 although Anne's belief reassured her that she too saw her on that special day.

When Anne was 9 years old she presented a bouquet to the Queen when her dad was the Mayor and in 2004 when Anne was the Deputy Mayor she presented another bouquet at the Pier Approach when the Queen visited Bournemouth.

Anne is currently serving or has served on the following committees of Bournemouth Borough Council:

  • Community Scrutiny Panel
  • Review of the Constituition Working Group
  • Standards Board
  • Audit and Governance Panel
  • Children's Services Scrutiny Panel
  • Corporate Parenting Panel
  • Elected Members Engagement Group
    (meets with the trade unions and other members and officers)
  • Housing Personnel
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Licensing Board
  • Member of the Development Panel
  • Overview and Management Panel
  • Social Services
  • Standards Committee
  • The Health Scrutiny Panel

Here is a very interesting fact.

Anne's father was Mayor in 1966 when Anne was 9! and England won the 1966 Football World Cup and when Anne was Mayor England won the Rugby World Cup!!!!

Other Official Duties include:

Anne is a Trustee of the Bournemouth Society for the Visually Impaired in Moordown. The oldest charity in Bournemouth.

Anne is a trustee of Chesthelp which is a Bournemouth Charity (67 years old) and helps people who suffer from T.B and other chest diseases. We work closely with Bournemouth Hospital.

Anne serves as the Poppy Appeal Organiser for the Town Centre of Bournemouth and am always looking for more volunteers to sell Poppies in November!

Anne has been and still is the Council's official visitor to Milton House, a residential Home for Young People, for over 17 years.

Throop and Muscliff ward is represented by 2 Independent Councillors and Anne's determination and ambition is to increase the number of Independents at the local elections (currently there are 2 Independent Councillors serving on Bournemouth Borough Council).

Anne is a trustee of the Eventide Home on Castle Lane West and was a trustee of the War Memorial Homes for 18 years.

Anne served for many years on the Bournemouth in Bloom Committee.

Anne has been a Poppy seller for the Royal British Legion for over 35 years and organises the annual Poppy Appeal in the town centre.

Fantastic News - In 2009 nearly £15,000 poppy money was raised from collections in the arcade and Bournemouth Town Centre. A massive thank you to all the residents of the town.

2010 was a special year for Bournemouth as the town was 200 years old!

Anne served on the 2010 Board and Events Committee which helped charities and groups with advice and funding to put on events the following year.

Anne has organised events for the Mayor's charities every year and has served on the Mayor's fund raising committee.

Anne was very active in the setting up of the committee for the Muscliff Funday on Muscliff Park, whose members from various agencies have now successfully organised numerous events and we look forward to next years Fun Day.

Anne was a Bournemouth Lion and joined this wonderful international organisation whilst she was Mayor, she has been their President. Amongst their fund raising they donated over £2,000 to Linwood School in Winton for a new wheel chair for a pupil.

In Anne's spare time! She enjoys travelling with husband Jonn, walking with her lovely dog and reading (not Council papers!), organising short holidays and trips by coach.

Anne always runs a coach trip to Glastonbury Carnival every year. A great trip if you've never been. Tel: 01202 538068

Anne has worked tirelessly over many years for saving several prominent features in Bournemouth including the Winter Gardens, Townsend School and Hengistbury Head.

Announcement from Councillor Anne Rey

Sadly, my father, Honorary Alderman Philip Whitelegg passed away on Saturday 21st November 2015. He was 98 years old.

He was a Freeman of the Borough and an Alderman and Past Mayor (1966-67).

He was elected on the 10th December 1953 in a by-election in Redhill Park Ward and won every election until he retired from Council in 2003 when I became Mayor and he was 86 when he came off the Council.

The Funeral has been arranged for Friday 4th December 2015 at 11.30am at St Peter's Church and will be a Civic Funeral.

Followed by a private committal at Bournemouth Crematorium.

Family flowers only, but any donations to St Dunstans or Bournemouth Blind Society can be sent to Harry Tomes Ltd, Barham House, 31/33 Tower Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH1 4LA

Thank You,