Councillor Mrs Penny Rainbow

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Title: Chairman of the Council

Party: Conservative

Ward: Southwell

Other councillors representing this Ward:

Contact information

Home address: 
12 Monckton Drive
NG25 0AW

Phone:  01636 814 720

Mobile:  07793 916 800


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Committee appointments

Term of Office

  • 13/05/2015 -

Appointments to outside bodies


A message from the Chairman, Councillor Mrs Penny Rainbow


I am very pleased, proud and feel very privileged to be Chairman of Newark and Sherwood  District Council.


I represent the ward of Southwell, which also takes in the surrounding villages of Edingley, Halam, Kirklington, Hockerton and Winkburn. Southwell is very much home. I went to school locally, learnt to swim at the leisure centre and attended both Sunday school and girl guides.


In working locally as a social worker, I have looked after some of the most vulnerable people in our society. In turn I have brought up my own family here and appreciated the local community, its facilities and services on offer. 


I now see my role, as very much ‘paying back’ in helping others and working closely with my colleagues to maintain and enhance the uniqueness of Southwell and the surrounding area. I have chosen Citizens Advice as my charity, for my year in office.


A message from Citizens Advice


Citizens Advice Sherwood & Newark is grateful to Penny Rainbow for her long term support of our service, Penny, who knows first hand the importance of the work Citizens Advice Sherwood & Newark carry out with some of the District’s most vulnerable residents, has kindly chosen to support our charity during her year in office. Each year our local charity supports nearly  5,000 people with the problems they face.


We help people find a way forward

We can all face problems that seem complicated or intimidating. At Citizens Advice Sherwood & Newark we believe no one should have to face these problems without good quality, independent advice.


That’s why we’re here: to give people the knowledge and the confidence they need to find their way forward - whoever they are, and whatever their problem.


We give advice to thousands of people

Citizens Advice Sherwood & Newark is part of a network of independent charities that offers confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free. When we say we’re for everyone, we mean it. People rely on us because we’re independent and totally impartial. We advise on a variety of issues, the top 5 issues people wanted advice on were: Benefits, Debt, Housing, Employment and Financial Products & Services.


We speak up for our clients

No one else sees so many people with so many different kinds of problems, and that gives us a unique insight into the challenges people are facing today.

With the right evidence, we can show big organisations – from companies right up to the government – how they can make things better for people.


We see how problems can be linked. By helping people with the underlying cause of their problems and making sure they don’t get worse, our network of local Citizens Advice saves the government and public services hundreds of millions of pounds every year.


You can find out more about the work of Citizens Advice Sherwood & Newark  below.


National Impact Report 2019/2020



Civic Events


As a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic, any events or engagements will only be undertaken in line with the current Government guidance.


If you would like the Chairman to attend your event, please email or call 01636 650000 or write to the Chairman of the Council:


Newark and Sherwood District Council

Castle House

Great North Road



NG24 1BY


Once the chairman's office has confirmed the Chairman is able to visit or open your event, a civic engagement form will be sent to you. It would be helpful if this could be completed and returned as soon as possible. We would need it at least two weeks before the event, along with any other information or literature on your charity or company, or the event itself. This is particularly helpful if you have requested that you wish the chairman to make a speech.


Newark, Ollerton and Southwell

Each year Newark Town Council and Ollerton and Boughton Town Council appoint a Town Mayor who attends local and civic events representing the town council.


Southwell Town Council appoints a chairman and vice chairman each year


Newark Town Council


Ollerton and Boughton Town Council


Chairman of Southwell Town Council