The Leicestershire Rural Partnership (LRP) enjoyed a 20th anniversary at a special event held at the Belvoir Brewery, Old Dalby, this week and honoured its Chairman for more than 10 years, County Councillor, Mrs Lesley Pendleton

Invited guests heard contributions from LRP officers and members, past and present, and from local groups and businesses that have benefited from partnership support over the years.

Special tribute and thanks were paid to Mrs Pendleton, who will be retiring as LRP Chairman later next month. Addressing the gathering of almost 50 people, Chairman of the County Council, Mr Peter Lewis thanked Mrs Pendleton for her commitment and dedication to partnership working in rural communities across the county.

LCC Chairman said: "I would like to extend my sincerest thanks for your dedication and hard work. You have supported a wide range of projects, from Post Offices in Churches to Village Shops in pubs. Our communities have benefitted from high quality Rural Affordable Housing schemes and improved village facilities. Whilst rural businesses have been supported to diversify and grow."

Mrs Pendleton thanked colleagues for their tributes and good wishes and urged partners to continue working with local residents to identify and resolve community issues and support development and growth of rural businesses.

Mrs Pendleton said: "I am very proud of what together we have achieved, and am confident that with your commitment and support the LRP will continue to serve our rural communities well."