Mansfield District Council is saddened by the death of Councillor Vaughan Hopewell, who passed away on Saturday 18 June 2022 having fallen ill whilst out with his family.
In May 2011, Councillor Hopewell was elected to represent the Oaktree Ward and had been a much-respected and active community councillor over the years. He was also a member of many the council’s committees including the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Place, Joint Consultative Committee, the Charter Trustees and the Constitution Working Group.
During his term of election, Councillor Hopewell worked hard to ensure that the residents of Oaktree were represented and had access to the services and care they needed especially around housing and quality of life.
Councillor Mick Barton, Group Leader of Mansfield Independents said “We are so shocked about the death of our valued friend and fellow councillor Vaughan Hopewell. He was passionate about his community and cared for his constituents. I’ve known Vaughan for more than 20 years and he was a valued member of our group, he always put other people first and loved his family dearly.”
Executive Mayor Andy Abrahams said: “Vaughan was a community champion dedicated to being a ward councillor and supporting local people. He was immensely proud to serve his community and did his utmost to help people. He’ll be sorely missed by the council.”
Vaughan worked for Jigsaw Support Scheme a local charity providing services for vulnerable people. He was honoured to have been nominated for an upcoming award out of 250 supporters of the charity. During his work for Jigsaw he produced a song to raise money and was known as the 'singing councillor'.
Details of his funeral are expected to be announced next week.