Long-Time Chairman Stands Down From Glass

Originally Published: August 2015

Ed Cairns, who has chaired the Green Lane Association for many years, has taken the decision to stand down from his position due to ill health.

After discussions with the GLASS Executive, the organisation agreed that Ed will focus instead on the less intensive role of revitalising DORA (Disabled Off Road Access), a cause he feels passionately about.

Ed’s wife Angela, who has also devoted many years to GLASS as Membership Secretary, is also stepping down to assist Ed with the new venture. Over the course of their time with GLASS, both Ed and Angela have made a massive contribution to the establishment, expansion and day-to-day running of the organisation.

‘We are going to miss being involved in GLASS tremendously and will continue to fully support GLASS albeit from behind the scenes,’ comments Ed. ‘It is sad that it has come to this, but we have decided that the time has come to put health and wellbeing first. We will always be passionate about GLASS and proud of what we have achieved. We have made so many friends over the years and it is going to leave a massive hole in our lives. However, we are looking forward to dedicating ourselves to furthering Disabled Access in the Countryside, which is something we strongly feel needs to have far greater focus.’

Until a new Chairman is elected at the GLASS AGM later this year, newly elected Vice-Chairman Malcolm Cupis will pick up the reins handed over by Ed.

‘This is a significant loss,’ said Malcolm. ‘Every member of GLASS should be aware of the unbelievable dedication that Ed and Angela have given to the Association. In the years that they have been involved, they have become an intrinsic part of GLASS and many members will know them as friends as well as colleagues and people who share a common passion.

‘The Executive and membership will forever be grateful to Ed and Angela for all that they have done, and wish Ed a speedy recovery to full health. As a blue badge holder myself, I will also personally ensure that every possible assistance is given to Ed and Angela to bring Disabled Access to the fore, giving it the profile that it needs and deserves to have.’

Ed is already working towards the launch of a significant new venture in the field of disabled access, which he plans to introduce to the public at the Billing show on 31 July. Speaking ahead of this, he left us with one simple message: ‘Stay CALM and watch this space!’

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