Article for May Messenger

At the April Full Council Meeting we had to regrettably say Goodbye to Curly Haskell.  He has retired both as Chairman and from the Council.  I think that I can safely say we will all miss him very much and wish him a very happy retirement.

Ex Councillor Peter Deck  B.E.M. had the following to say at this meeting :-

In my time as Pewsey parish councillor I can remember four Chairmen before Curly, Colin Lampard, Alex Carder, Bob Woodward and Andrew Whitney all very good chairmen each with their own way of doing the job. When Andrew retired Curly took over as Chairman and has lead the council for the past 7 years, how time flies when you are enjoying yourself.

I am sure Curly won’t mind me saying that he was a little apprehensive to start with but soon settled in and found his own way of doing things. You will all know that he is a good communicator. I might even go so far as to say that he can talk a bit but this ensures that he is always in contact with people. He seldom drives his car around the village preferring to walk and on his way meets and speaks to those he meets. In doing so he makes personal contact with his constituents and learns of their current doings and if necessary how he, or the council, might help.

Curly’s contact with the community does not stop there as it was his habit to make personal contact with all the village organisations and groups in Pewsey. These range from the sports clubs, church, schools, Heritage centre to rail and bus services, plus the AB and PCAP, there are others to numerous to mention here. This not only helped him understand how the village ticks but provided an essential link between the council and the community. By putting himself about in this way potential problems or successes were quickly identified and sensible early action taken as necessary.

In my experience there was no time when the council did not have a problem or two and it is fair to say Curly experienced some difficult times, the transfer of liabilities from WC and Covid to name but two. Under his leadership these were dealt with quietly and efficiently.

I would like to say that I found working with him a pleasure and to thank him for all he has done for the village during his time as Chairman of the council.

I would also like to add one other point. Whoever is fortunate enough to take over Chairmanship, don’t be worried, do it your way, and if you input half as much time and energy into the task as Curly has done you will succeed in spades.

We also said goodbye to Caroline Dalrymple, who has also retired. Best wishes and thank you Caroline.

The Council are currently looking to fill 2 vacancies by co-option and there may be 2 more subject to W.C. approval. If you are interested in joining the Council please contact the Clerk for further information.

The public can attend any Full Council meetings to raise any issues of importance. They are held on every 2nd Tuesday from 7.00pm.  Agendas, minutes, and dates of meetings can be found on our website.

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