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Former Mayor and Borough Councillor Dies

Published on: 10 Feb, 2021
Updated on: 11 Feb, 2021

Jennifer Jordan as the Mayor of Guildford in 2012

Former Guildford Borough Councillor Jenny Jordan has died.

Borough councillors were informed by an internal email today: “It is with great regret and sadness to have to inform you of the passing yesterday [February 9] of former councillor Jenny Jordan.”

The former Mayor of Guildford was first elected to the borough council in 1987 representing the former Merrow and Burpham ward for eight years until 1995.

She then served on the council for a second period of 16 years from 2003 to 2019.

During her first term with the council, she served on a number of committees, including arts and recreation, building and works, and housing and health.

Jenny Jordan when Mayor of Guildford in 2013 opening a new play area with Cllr Matt Furniss.

From 2003, Mrs Jordan served on various scrutiny committees and the licensing committee and as Mayor of Guildford on two occasions in 2008-09 and 2012-13.

She was involved with the Girl Guides in Stoughton and for many years was a teacher at George Abbot School, and after retirement continued as an exam invigilator there. One of her pupils was Matt Furniss, for some years, until 2019, a fellow borough councillor.

Her late husband, Ralph, also served as a councillor with the borough of Guildford.

The current mayor Richard Billington said: “Jenny was a lady of the old school and I remember how kind she was to me when I was a new borough councillor. I will miss her.”

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  1. Shirley West BEM Reply

    February 10, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    This is such sad news to hear of the passing of Jennifer Jordan. She was a wonderful supporter to my charity, the British Heart Foundation, and especially to Castle Green Bowls Club which she loved to come and watch on a Sunday and have tea with us.

    But most of all she was a dear friend I will never forget. When I received my British Empire Medal I knew that Jenny was behind it.

    She is now with her beloved husband Ralph. RIP dear Jen ❤️❤️

  2. Chris Ward Reply

    February 11, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Jenny was a very able councillor, a fantastic mayor and, most importantly, a lovely person. Always very friendly regardless of party affiliation and someone who really has left quite a legacy of public service. Very, very sad news.

  3. Christian Holliday Reply

    February 11, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Sad news indeed. Jenny worked so hard over so many years, on council business, charities and other causes. She will be missed.

    Christian Holliday is a former Conservative borough councillor for Burpham

  4. Amanda MacRobbie Reply

    February 12, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    I was very shocked and sad to hear that Jenny has passed away.

    My daughter knew her when she was her Guide leader. I have been her hairdresser for many years. I did her hair for all the events she attended through both her periods as Mayor of Guildford. She continued to have her hair done a couple of times a week, it was her treat to herself.

    She always seemed to be very busy with her council work and various charities that she worked with. She always had a joke to tell on most of her visits. I know she had a lot of pleasure looking after her garden as well.

    She will be sadly missed as a very regular client and friend.

    Rest in Pease Jenny, you can now be together with your beloved Ralph.

  5. Lynne Pauline Wenham Reply

    February 13, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Sad news, I always thought Jenny was immortal.

  6. Hugh Shanks Reply

    February 14, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    We at Home-Start Guildford were very sad to hear of Jenny’s passing.

    Jenny was a wonderful supporter of our charity as a patron for many years.

    Jenny attended as many events and meetings as she could and was always a smiling, cheerful and positive presence.

  7. Worplesdon View Care Home Reply

    February 18, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    James Tedder, Resident Ambassador at Worplesdon View paid tribute to a much-loved fellow volunteer.

    He said: “Jenny was a volunteer for a number of years. She could be seen and heard along the passages of the home talking to and comforting many of the residents. Indeed our residents looked forward to her visits and her friendly and caring way. She cheered up all who knew her and will be sadly missed.”

  8. Gillian Brierley Reply

    March 1, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Jenny’s friends at Merrow Methodist Church will miss her gentle presence.

    She worshipped with us on many Sunday evenings and enjoyed a Christian holiday in Devon with a small group from the church in 2019.

    We were already planning our repeat holiday together in the autumn.

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