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Great Gonerby parish clerk retires after 33 years

One of the leading figures in Great Gonerby has retired after 33 years as clerk of its parish council.

Last week around 20 district, county and parish councillors marked the retirement of Gill Noon with a dinner at the Recruiting Sargeant pub in Great Gonerby.

Great Gonerby parish council vice-chairman Jeff Thompson praised Mrs Noon for her 33 years of service, though noting he has been on the parish council even longer, some 48 years.

He said: “I thought Gill’s long service deserves some recognition, a bit of publicity, and the whole village should know. I’m the only one left on the parish council from the day she was appointed.

“Gill has done far, far, more than what was expected or required of her. She will meet people and sort things out. She really has been so totally and utterly committed. She has been a friend to everybody in the village. Folks know who to contact with a problem.”

Gill’s successor will be Janet Walker, who has worked as voluntary secretary of Gonerby Memorial Hall.

Jeff added: “I know Janet will make a good parish clerk.”

But he warned she will have to deal with the “legislative tripe” that he and other parish councillors must also handle.

Gill told the Journal she became parish clerk as working from home and evening meetings fitted in with her home life and her other job as a teaching assistant, which she retired from four years ago.

She said: “It is a fulfilling role, (though recently bureaucracy and red tape does seem to have increased) helping to improve the local community and working with a great bunch of councillors over the years, who by the way are all volunteers.

“During my time as clerk the parish council have achieved many projects, building a new play area and multi – sports facility, acquiring a new burial ground for the village and most recently in conjunction with the Memorial Hall Committee building a new Memorial Hall on the Belton Lane Playing Field, to name just a few.”

She added: “The Parish Council should be very proud of themselves and I wish them well for the future in the capable hands of the new clerk Janet Walker.”


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