On the 17th of September Donald Burton, chair of Coddenham Parish Council, resigned for personal reasons, along with Councillor Isabel Burgess. This followed the recent resignation of Councillor Colin Hardy.
Further details, we expect, will be available from the Parish Council website (See Link) but we felt we should include this in News for the Parish.
All three councillors have provided long service for the community and we particularly wanted to thank Isabel Burgess on behalf of the CCRG, for her role and support to the group and this website. Colin Hardy has also been a supporter, encourager and supplier of some excellent photographs.
However, whatever the circumstances, we think the community would like to record their particular appreciation of Donald Burton’s astonishing service, in excess of 30 years, of which nine have been as Chairman of our Parish Council.
Donald has been a contributor to Coddenham in many ways and we would like to make reference to just some of the highlights.
Not exclusively and, as he would say himself, but with the support of many volunteers, he has been responsible for, or contributed significantly to;
- The waymarking of footpaths in the parish
- Rationalising and improving those community footpaths through a diversion package with local landowners.
- Building a mound and children’s slide in the recreation ground
- Improving the churchyard through ivy removal and wall repairs and establishing the Churchyard Management Group in partnership with the Parochial Church Council.
- Maintaining Broomhill as a nature reserve and pocket park
- Purchasing and clearance of Mill Hill.
- Actively supporting events such as the Village Fete and Open Gardens
- Persistently and successfully seeking a 20-mph speed limit for the village from SCC
- Supporting the project that created the new village hall, now the Coddenham Centre
Donald and Anne will continue to be residents and familiar faces in our community, but we wish them both well and, again, would like to record our thanks on behalf of the parish.
A card and collection will be available from this week for both Donald and Isabel, in the Coddenham Community Shop for those who would like to show their appreciation.
Please do add your own comments and recollections below!