Pitmen supporter and HTFCSA committee member Paul Woodhead was elected as a Cannock Chase District Councillor for Hednesford. You will see him around the ground most match days, usually as Pitman Pete and in the Strikers Bar after the game where you can talk to him about any matters or issues of concern.

In these articles I want to bring the role of the councillor alive to you and ensure I am accountable to you as the elected representative for the ward in which the football club resides. I will highlight some of the things I get involved with and the decisions the council makes on your behalf. I will be available after most home games for a general conversation and we can arrange a private discussion should that be appropriate. Alternatively you can contact me by phone on 07930 120077 or by email paul.woodhead@greenparty.org.uk

I will digress away from the workings of council this week as we each reflect on the loss of a true clubman “Big” Mick Johnson. Our collective thoughts are with Carol and the family at this time and the contribution Mick has made to the shape of the club as we know it today.

I have only known Mick for a short time but the selfless service he gave to the club and the supporters association is an example to us all. One of the privileges I have had the opportunity to observe and help over the last few years, both as Councillor and before, is the amount of time, dedication and passion so many people give to our community in so many different ways.

Whether you have an hour a month or a couple of hours a day there are opportunities for you to consider volunteering in the community. To use the skills and knowledge you have, whatever they are, to help a group or cause that you care about. This can be as varied as roles with the Supporters Association here at the football club to serving as a school governor or helping at a community litter pick in the town to leading a youth or scout group and from working at our library to working with an organised group like the Hednesford Centennial Lions. Each of these, and so many other opportunities, rely upon the time, dedication and passion of volunteers, to me this is the life lesson for us all when reflecting on the contributions of people like Mick to our lives in and around Hednesford. If you want ideas or introductions to any of these find me in and around the ground or afterwards, I am always happy to help.