I have just accepted a place at Winchester University to study Classical Studies in September.
My family, friends and school are delighted.
This is ideal because it is only a couple of hours away by car, slightly more by train, so I will be able to return home on a regular basis. In fact, many Councillors will have full-time occupations which must at some time take them away on business.
I intend to attend as many Council meetings as possible. As a large part of a councillor’s work these days is carried out by email and phone, I intend to continue to serve my constituents to the best of my ability.
I have no intention of resigning my seat and remain committed to serving the people of Cranmore Ward.
I have a great working relationship with my fellow ward Councillors Christina Daw and Sue Griggs, and I am confident that we can continue to work together in the best interests of the ward.
Thanks for all the good wishes and support I have received from friends, family and from some fellow councillors. Some of my friends, who commented on my statement when posted on Facebook said “Congratulations on being offered and accepting the place Clarissa. I’m sure you’ll be outstanding both in your university work and council work.” Stephen Canning, a County Councillor for Bocking ward in Essex, Mo Metcalf-Fisher, an editor on Conservative Way Forward, said “I know several people who serve their community as councillors, work part and study at University. You’ll be fine! Well Done!” Connor Donnithorne, former South West Regional Chairman for Conservative Future, said “Hopefully this is a new example of how young people can still be great councillors and also still be in education. Good on you for carrying on. Your ward constituents should be delighted!” Independent Town Councillor Claudette Harrower said “All ladies can multi-task Clarissa! You are the rule, not the exception! Look Out world, her she comes!” My fellow Mid Devon District councillor for Cranmore, Christina Daw said “Good for you. Let’s work together like we always do. I’m here for you.”
I will be moving to Winchester University and starting there later this month for freshers week.