Tributes from Barnstaple Town Council
Posted on 17th June 2020 at 10:58
The Town Council fondly remembers and acknowledges the commitment, time and efforts of former Councillors, Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Mayoresses.
Janet Preston was a former Town and District Councillor, Deputy Mayor to Ian Scott (1993 - 1994) and Mayoress to her husband John (2000 -2001). Councillor Val Elkins and Councillor Val Monk fondly recall her as a hard worker, in particular, her fundraising efforts for the Liberal Democrats and the Crime Prevention Panel. Former Councillor and Mayor, Ian Scott warmly remembers Janet as his Deputy Mayor and highlighted her persistent nature, her ability to make sure things got done, ‘she had a permanency about her and showed great commitment’. Councillor Ricky Knight reminisced about Janet when he joined as first-time Newport Councillor in 2003. ‘I appreciated her skills as no-nonsense Chair-person, scrupulously fair, inclusive, concise and, perhaps best of all, a woman of few irrelevant words and an excellent time-keeper. She and her husband were an indomitable duo, Barnstaple people to the core, tirelessly committed to their roles and determined to represent their ward constituents to the benefit of our town. Janet Preston set the bar high as an exemplar and role model of the highest quality.’
Bill Forward was a former Town and District Councillor, Mayor (1987 – 1988 & 1997), former Head of Pilton Bluecoat School and was involved with setting up the Heritage Centre in Barnstaple. Councillor Val Monk affectionately looks back on her time working with Bill, ‘ he was a lovely, sweet man but he wouldn’t take any nonsense!’ Former Mayor, Ian Scott keenly recalls introducing Bill to the Town Council. Ian met Bill when he was Head at Piton Bluecoat, he was held in the highest regard, ‘It’s not possible to over-emphasize the quality of the man and his commitment to public service. He loved the school, he really knew and understood the children and created a great atmosphere’. Ian proudly continued, ‘my two sons attended the school at the time he was Head, they have both gone on to become lawyers.’
Tony Clark was a former Town and District Councillor. Councillor Val Monk said ‘We were a fantastic team, he was always ready to do his bit. He was a really nice man’. Tony was well known in the area for having been involved in setting up Forches and Whidden Valley Community Centre. Always active in the community, even after he retired, he became a mini bus driver for Pathfield school.
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