Parish clerk retires after 24 years

PUBLISHED: 08:48 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

CYNTHIA BUCKLAND 3291DW015

CYNTHIA BUCKLAND 3291DW015

A PARISH clerk is retiring after clocking up 24 years of service. Cynthia Buckland, of Barley Road, Great Chishill, has been clerk of Great and Little Chishill since 1985. She announced her retirement earlier this month, and will officially call it a day

A PARISH clerk is retiring after clocking up 24 years of service.

Cynthia Buckland, of Barley Road, Great Chishill, has been clerk of Great and Little Chishill since 1985.

She announced her retirement earlier this month, and will officially call it a day in March.

She said: "My neighbour at the time asked me to take the post because he knew I had a secretarial background.

"Little did I think that I would still be doing it 24 years later!"

Mrs Buckland, who is originally from London but moved to the village in 1975, said she has "thoroughly enjoyed" her time as clerk.

"I have enjoyed working with and helping the people of Great and Little Chishill and I know I will miss the work in many ways - not least for the fact that walking round the village has helped to keep me fit," she said.

"The work is very varied and encompasses organising meetings and taking the minutes, and being responsible for the finances.

"For a small village we have many clubs and activities which need financial help.

"The paperwork from the district and county council and other numerous bodies has greatly increased.

"It is also part of the job to keep an eye on the street furniture to ensure that it is maintained and that the grass verges are cut.

"In my opinion the main thing a clerk needs to have is patience, although a sense of humour also helps."

Cllr John Murgatroyd, a parish councillor who spent 13 years as chairman, has worked alongside Mrs Buckland for many years.

He said: "Cynthia has done a great job of keeping us all in line over the years.

"She has been a very hands-on clerk, and is a stickler for making sure all our paperwork is up to date.

"Through her role she has become a well known and respected figure in the village."

Mrs Buckland will continue living in Great Chishill with her husband, Reg.

"It's a lovely place, I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. It's been great getting to know so many people who work very hard for the community," she said.

Great and Little Chishill Parish Council is looking for a replacement clerk.

The post is paid on an hourly basis, involving about eight hours a week.

If you think you are the right person for the job, contact Andrew Gardiner, chairman of the parish council, on 01763 848511.

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