Thursday, 19 October 2017

Deputy parish clerk appointment

A WOMAN who led the campaign to save Sonning Common library has been appointed the new deputy parish clerk.

A WOMAN who led the campaign to save Sonning Common library has been appointed the new deputy parish clerk.

Ros Varnes, of Woodlands Road, takes over from Linda Collison, who stepped down at the end of August after two years.

Mrs Varnes, who is married with two children, said she was pleased to be taking on the part-time role.

“I have great respect for the parish council and what they have achieved in recent years,” she said.

“It is a very proactive and practical council and I’m looking forward to supporting it in the exciting challenges that lie ahead.”

Mrs Varnes, who has lived in the village for seven years, formed the Friends of Sonning Common Library campaign group after Oxfordshire County Council withdrew half the staff funding for the library in 2011.

The former journalist edited the Sonning Common magazine for four-and-a-half years until 2011 and is now consultant editor.

She has also been involved in the Sonning Common community plan and co-ordinated the Inspire ’O8 youth festival.

Now Mrs Varnes will be a key part of the skate park project and the neighbourhood plan.

She said: “The introduction of the skate park is long-awaited and the neighbourhood plan is one of the most important developments in the area for a few years.”

Her role will also involve writing agendas and minutes as well as being clerk to the planning committee.

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