Rest in peace Sherma Batson

9 Jan

I am saddened to learn of the sudden death of Sherma Batson MBE, a fellow Socialist member on UK delegation to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

Sherma was a long-standing member of Congress, where she served with great diligence and passion, for which she was highly-regarded by both members and staff and she will be greatly missed. Sherma was more recently appointed to the CoR as an alternate member, and although her initial engagement was complicated by her term as Mayor of Stevenage, she subsequently became a regular attendee and valued her membership of the institution and the wider European project.

Sherma was an incredible individual and kindly took me under her wing on my first visit to Strasbourg last year. She will be greatly missed.

Postal address for condolences is:

To the family of Sherma Batson,
c/o Members Services
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete,Stevenage
SG1 1HN

Alternatively, messages sent to gill.harrison@stevenage.gov.uk will be collected and passed on to the family. Sherma is survived by her husband Howard, daughter Ahisha, grandson Malakai, and mother Yvonne.