Councillors pay tribute to Cllr Sherma Batson MBE DL

02 Feb 2017

Stevenage Borough Councillors have paid tribute to former Mayor Sherma Batson MBE DL after she died suddenly last month.

Sherma, who spent 12 years as a Stevenage councillor and had been the Executive Member for Community, Health and Older People as well as serving as Mayor for 2014/15, died on Sunday 8 January 2017 at the age of 59.

At the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 31 January, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE, led the tributes. Cllr Taylor said: “Sherma’s commitment to our home town has helped to make it the wonderful place it is. 

“Sherma’s memory will never die.  We will recognise her work later in the year including proposing her inclusion on the role of Freeman of the Borough among those very few people who have made an extraordinary contribution to Stevenage.

“For now we mourn her passing, send our prayers to her family and our thanks for sharing Sherma with all of us and with Stevenage.  We give our thanks for her truly wonderful life and feel blessed that we have shared our world with Sherma, our unique and special friend.”

Cllr James Fraser, Leader of the Conservatives at Stevenage Borough Council, said: “'Sherma was the perfect, unifying, servant of the people, living her life in the noblest of pursuits and thus a shining example to us all. Her many achievements prove she lived as fully and successfully as any of us could ever hope to do, and for that she and her family can be justly proud. She did her duty superbly well and nobody can ever ask for more than that. We are sure the town will miss her as much as we do.”

Cllr Robin Parker, Leader of the Liberal Democrats at Stevenage Borough Council, said: “Sherma was enthusiastic and committed to all of her many roles in the local community. She was a well-regarded and diligent councillor, who spoke out in support of the various causes she promoted - and she was actively involved in lots of them.

“What is clear to all is that Sherma was very well known to many local people. And was respected by them…We should not deify her, but we should, and must, remember Sherma, and tell future generations about her.”

The funeral service for Cllr Batson takes place on Friday 3 February at 2pm at the Church of St Hugh and St John, Mobbsbury Way, Stevenage SG2 0HL. Following the service, a wake will be held at the Ibis Forum Conference and Banqueting suite from 4pm. Family flowers only, please; however, donations may be made to Cllr Batson’s preferred charities: Stevenage Furniture Recycling Scheme and the Stevenage World Forum.