Saturday, 23 October 2021

Long serving councillor receives ‘freedom’ of the parish

A WARGRAVE parish councillor has been honoured for 40 years' service.

A WARGRAVE parish councillor has been honoured for 40 years’ service.

Marion Pope joined the parish council in May 1976 and has served as chairwoman and vice-chairwoman as well as chairing the recreation ground committee.

She was presented with a certificate granting her “the freedom of the parish” by council chairman Richard Bush at the annual parish assembly held at Woodclyffe Hall.

She was also given flowers and received a champagne toast from the guests. Cllr Bush said: “We want to say thank you to a person who has been a stalwart on the council. She still puts in a great deal of work and effort as well as her other work with the schools, parish trust and other organisations in the village.”

He said parish clerk Stephen Hedges had carried out some research and discovered the parish could award her “something akin to the freedom of the city, which we are delighted to do”.

Cllr Pope has lived in Wargrave for more than 50 years and currently lives in East View Road with her husband Michael. Born in Somerset, she moved to Charvil when she was seven and then to Wargrave at age 14.

Cllr Pope said: “This is a great honour. My husband was born and bred in the village as was his father before him. I’ve now lived here long enough that I’m a Wargrave person too.

“As a village, we are very close-knit and everyone puts something in — that’s what keeps villages going. I think we are brilliant and I’m glad to live here.”

The council also honoured former deputy parish clerk Susan Lawrence, who stepped down last year after more than a decade of service. Mrs Lawrence dealt with requests and queries from the public as well as helping the council with its move to the Old Pavilion.

She was presented with flowers and a glass vase at the meeting. Cllr Bush said: “We want to thank Sue for her wonderful and caring support. She was a rock, fielding all our good, bad and indifferent calls.

“Thanks for all the hard work and for linking the council to the community for such a long time.”

He also appealed for people to volunteer to serve on the council.

There are currently seven members and Cllr Bush said: “It has got to the point where we do need more councillors, especially for planning. We would be pleased to hear from anyone who is interested.”

For more information, call the parish council office on 0118 940 6084 or send an email to office@wargrave.org.uk

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