Changes at East Haddon Parish Council October 2020


You may have read in a recent Newsletter that the Parish Council needs to recruit additional Councillors. We are pleased to say that we have had three positive replies. Each applicant has been considered by Council. All have been accepted. Councillors were unanimous in the view that the three gentlemen would bring fresh energy, ideas and innovation to the Parish Council. Now that we are up to establishment, we can more effectively carry out our duty of stewardship for our beautiful village.

The successful candidates are: Jif Cooper; Jon Lambert; Iain Stewart.

On behalf of Council, I extend our heartiest congratulations to each gentleman and hope that their tenure as Parish Councillors will be long and fulfilling.


After six years of devoted service to your Parish, our excellent Parish Clerk, Shirley Cumbleton has decided to retire. Her last day will be the 31st October.

Our warmest thanks go to Shirley for the contribution she has made. It is fair to say that had we not had Shirley to guide us, your Parish Council would have been significantly less effective. She has always been efficient, level-headed and wise in the advice she has given to Council. She will be sorely missed.

We extend to Shirley, her husband Martin, and the rest of her family our very best wishes for the future.


We have recruited Shirley's replacement. Her name is Mrs Emma Gibson who is an experienced Parish Clerk with a reputation for excellence. We look forward to having Emma on our team. She will start with us on 1st October.


David Threadgold, affectionately known as Dick, has finally come to the end of his time as a Parish Councillor for East Haddon. His service as a Councillor has gone well beyond the normal call of duty. He has served his village for over 30 years. During that time he has seen many changes and many people coming and going, but Dick has remained steadfast through all the highs and lows.

I have known Dick for 10 years. During that time I have come to value his contribution to the village and the Parish Council enormously. Firstly, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of people, places and local history, not only in the village but over a wide area of the County. It is well-known that if you want to know something, go and ask Dick!

Secondly, his contribution at Parish Council meetings has always been constructive and questioning as circumstances required. Everybody who knows Dick will agree that his is nobody's "yes man." Many is the time that Dick has advised caution on a particular agenda item which has resulted in further consideration. He could be obdurate, critical and not afraid to speak his mind. But all the time he had the best interests of the village and the Parish Council at heart.

We, his colleagues, will greatly miss his contribution and wry sense of humour.

On behalf of the Council I extend to Dick, to Lynne and all members of the family our very best wishes for the future.

John Benson,

Chairman, East Haddon Parish Council

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:05 by Emma Gibson

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