Barbara calls it a day as clerk of Bottesford Parish Council

Retired Bottesford Parish Council clerk Barbara Taylor
Retired Bottesford Parish Council clerk Barbara Taylor
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A stalwart servant of the community has stepped down after almost 40 years in a single role.

Tributes have been paid to Barbara Taylor for her sterling work as clerk to Bottesford Parish Council.

Mrs Taylor, 78, took on the job in 1978 and says she has loved every minute of the work.

In a note from five former chairmen, including Roger Turnbull who held the office from 2006-2011, Mrs Taylor is thanked for her years of loyalty and dedication.

They said: “We would like to pay tribute to her able commitment, comprehensive knowledge of the area and statutory duties of parish councils.

“Her good humour and availabiloity to any residents who requitred assitance on parish matters has been much appreciated.”

Barbara, who had worked as a secretary in Grantham for East Midlands Electricty before she married in 1961, was invited to take on the job of parish clerk by then chairman Bill Roberts.

At the time she combined the role with helping husband Desmond run Devon Farm in the village, which was home to the couple and their daughters, twins Cathryn and Linda and Jill.

Barbara said parish council work included administration tasks, writing letters, taking minutes and “1,001 other tasks that no-one realised”.

She could be stopped in the street at any time and told about repairs needed to street lights or potholes.

The Millennium celebrations in Bottesford, including street parties and putting up a beacon and parish sign, were a highlight, and kept the parish council busy for months in the run-up to the event.

Barbara said: “I enjoyed the job tremendously. I loved helping the community and being a part of it. And I met a lot of interesting people.”

Mrs Taylor is to continue as clerk to Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir parish council for the time being.