Saturday, 28 November 2020

Nettlebed parish clerk retires after thirty years

A PARTY was held to mark the retirement of the Nettlebed parish clerk at the age of 90.

A PARTY was held to mark the retirement of the Nettlebed parish clerk at the age of 90.

Doreen Elms stepped down in the summer after serving for 30 years.

About 40 people attended a buffet at the village club after an oak tree was planted to mark the diamond jubilee of the Queen?s coronation.

Ms Elms said: ?It has been an excellent 30 years and the most interesting job anyone could ever have.

?I had never retired before. I?d just gone from one thing to another so I thought it was about time to retire.

?I?ve loved every minute of it. I?m not going away anywhere so I will still see everyone.?

Ms Elms became the first female salesperson at Hoover and spent 23 years at the company before running the old village shop in Nettlebed high street.

She became parish clerk in 1983 and had Elms Way named after her when new homes were built. Ms Elms has been succeeded by Rosemary Jackson-Hunter, the daughter-in-law of Jack Foster, who was council chairman when Ms Elms became clerk.

Ms Elms said: ?It?s gone full circle. I envy Rosemary having just started but I?ve had some lovely jobs and I?ve had a guardian angel looking over me.?

Council chairwoman Barbara Lewis presented her with flowers, gardening vouchers and a card with an old photograph of the high street, including her former shop.

She said Ms Elms had been an ?amazing? clerk, adding: ?She brought all her business skills and enterprise management to her role.

?We?re enormously grateful for what she has done for the village. She has done so much and we all value her friendship and everything she puts in.

?We feel in a way it?s nice that she has retired because we can value her in a different way now.?

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