Bench unveiled in memory of ‘remarkable’ Snettisham parish councillor

A bench in memory of Snettisham Cllr Ann Lamplugh has been placed on Snettisham Common. Local MP Sir Henry Bellingham and Borough Mayor Cllr David Whitby with Ann's husband David who made the bench.
A bench in memory of Snettisham Cllr Ann Lamplugh has been placed on Snettisham Common. Local MP Sir Henry Bellingham and Borough Mayor Cllr David Whitby with Ann's husband David who made the bench.

The memory of a parish councillor who campaigned to improve her village will live on thanks to a new bench celebrating her life.

The seat, unveiled at Snettisham Common on Friday, will remember “livewire” Ann Lamplugh who fought to restore the common during her years as a member of the village’s parish council.

A bench in memory of Snettisham Cllr Ann Lamplugh has been placed on Snettisham Common.  Ann's husband David who made the bench.

A bench in memory of Snettisham Cllr Ann Lamplugh has been placed on Snettisham Common. Ann's husband David who made the bench.

Her husband David, who made the bench, said: “Ann was one of the least selfish people you could have come across.

“Everything she did, she did for the village. One of her favourite sayings was ‘there are no strangers, just friends you haven’t met yet’.”

More than 50 friends, villagers and officials came to show their support to the former councillor, who passed away in September last year aged 59, and whose bench overlooks the area she was so passionate about.

Before officially unveilling the seat with West Norfolk mayor David Whitby, Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, said: “It is a great honour for me to be here because I can’t think of anyone who in a very short period of time as a parish councillor made quite so much impact as her.

A bench in memory of Snettisham Cllr Ann Lamplugh has been placed on Snettisham Common. Local MP Sir Henry Bellingham and Borough Mayor Cllr David Whitby with Ann's husband David who made the bench.

A bench in memory of Snettisham Cllr Ann Lamplugh has been placed on Snettisham Common. Local MP Sir Henry Bellingham and Borough Mayor Cllr David Whitby with Ann's husband David who made the bench.

“Three and a half years is a very good stint anyway but all I can tell you is that Ann was an absolute livewire and she would not take no for an answer.”

Mr Bellingham said Ann was a “huge credit” to the village and was a “really remarkable person”.

Former peers of Ann’s also paid tribute to the stalwart, who campaigned to save a coastal footpath in the village too.

Chairman of Snettisham Parish Council Richard Barker said: “She was the most hands-on councillor you could ever imagine. She had an ability to engage people at all levels.

A bench in memory of Snettisham Cllr Ann Lamplugh has been placed on Snettisham Common.

A bench in memory of Snettisham Cllr Ann Lamplugh has been placed on Snettisham Common.

“She is known to everyone in the village, whether through her dog walking or through her work as a councillor. She’s left a real gap in our council and the village as a whole.”

Former chairman Eric Langford said he asked Ann to join the council after she had garnered support from fellow villagers to keep a car park open.

He said: “I offered her to come and join the council to see if she could make a difference. She came on council and she did make a difference.

“I’m really proud to have worked with her and to have been part of her campaign to make this common as good as it is.”

Last week, Ann’s husband David joined Snettisham Parish Council to carry on with her work.

He said: “I haven’t got the same aura about me as Ann did but I am going to try and carry on in her footsteps.”

Ann was recognised recently for her work at the West Norfolk Mayor’s Civic Awards for Voluntary Service.

In the dedication for her posthumous award last month, she was described as a “human dynamo” in her ability to achieve her aims.

The audience at the awards were told: “Even as she knew she was dying, she was making plans and ensuring that others had the information to carry on her work – selfless to the end.

“She is one of those shining lights without whom the village is both less pleasant and less colourful.”