Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Council welcomes two new members

TWO new members have been co-opted on to Watlington Parish Council.

TWO new members have been co-opted on to Watlington Parish Council.

Roderick Orr and Bob West replace Roger Beattie and Ted Backhouse who resigned after serving for 14 and 18 years respectively.

Mr Orr, who lives off Howe Hill with his wife Julia, said: “I think what we have in Watlington is a rare and pretty delicate balance between progress and conservation and I’d just like to do what I can to preserve that.

“I have enjoyed everything that Watlington and the surrounding area has to offer and with four children who are now grown up and less work pressures, I am in a position to give a bit back.”

He is currently developing an environmentally sustainable agriculture business in Ghana.

Mr West, 59, a builder, and his wife Andreina, who runs a PR company, have lived in the town for 14 years.

He said: “Watlington has a nice community and I thought I’d like to give something back to it. I have always done community things — I was a governor at the local primary school for six years and I have been involved with the Watlington festival.”

Elsewhere, Nancy Bailey has resigned from Benson Parish Council after 10 years because she feels “too old”.

Mrs Bailey, 82, of St Helen’s Crescent, said: “I am lacking energy and I have too much on my plate.

“I like to keep in touch with my friends and family and I find it all exhausting. I hope we get someone younger to take my place. It has been an excellent experience.”

She moved to the area in the Fifties after taking a job as a secretary in Watlington.

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