Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Ex-council chairman resigns

A PARISH councillor in Benson has stepped down after 14 years.

A PARISH councillor in Benson has stepped down after 14 years.

Bill Pattison, who served as council chairman from 2005 to 2012, wants to concentrate on other projects and spend more time with his family.

He is chairman of trustees for Pathway Workshop in Oxford and also helps his wife, Hazel, sell knitted tortoises to raise money for the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley,

“It is a matter of prioritising,” he said. “I have enjoyed the council throughout the years but things change and you have to move on.

“I will miss just being there. You have your ups and downs and you don’t always agree with everyone all the time, but they are not a bad bunch.

“I have met a lot of people people, young and old, and that is the part I will really miss because there is a civic side as well as the legislative duties.”

Mr Pattison, 64, moved from Haddenham to Henley Road, Benson, in 1986.

He was a governor at Benson Primary School for eight years and ran the village youth club and scout and cubs groups when his three children were younger. He now has four grandchildren, including Billy and Matilda, who were born this year.

Council chairman Jon Fowler thanked Mr Pattison for his work, saying two of his greatest achievements were ensuring that Benson had an outreach post office following the closure of the village post office and helping to organise the village’s celebrations of the Queen’s diamond jubilee last year, when he was master of ceremonies.

Councillor Fowler said: “I would like to express a personal thanks to Bill for all the help and support he provided me when I joined the council. His experience and valued opinion will be missed.”

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