Clerk signs off after 70 years civic service in West Norfolk
Ninety-three-year-old Ronald Stannard has just signed off after more than 70 years service to his community at Nordelph and says it was all down to his persuasive grandfather.
“He talked me into becoming parish council clerk and I never had the chance to leave. Not that I wanted to,” said Ron.
He took on the clerk’s role in 1952 and when he decided to resign ten years ago his sense of duty and commitment saw him stay on as a councillor.
Health issues have now forced him to stop and earned him a glowing tribute from the council.
The current clerk, Kate Bennett, said: “Ron has devoted years of his life to serve the parish of Nordelph with his never-failing enthusiasm and dedication. He is an inspiration to us all.
“His wealth of local knowledge will be sorely missed by his fellow members and the community as a whole.
“The parish council would like to wish him and his wife, Muriel, all the very best”.
As well as his long commitment to Nordeph Parish Council, Ron has also been clerk for Downham West Parish Council, the Upwell Charities and the Wisbech Hundred Charity and secretary of the local Oddfellows alongside running his own farm from which he retired in 2000.
Ron said that spent some time after leaving school working in an office before joining the family farm and when there was a vacancy for a parish clerk his grandfather Samuel Bailey, also a stalwart of the village community,said he thought he would be the man for the job.
“It is a very friendly community and I have enjoyed doing what I can to help,” he said.