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Barnack and Pilsgate parish councillor retires after 43 years




A parish councillor is retiring after 43 years.

Harry Brassey has been a councillor for Barnack and Pilsgate Parish Council for more than 40 years, having first been elected in July 1978. He attended his first council meeting in September 1978.

At Harry’s first council meeting they discussed placing a skip in the village every year to collect residents’ bulk rubbish; the installation of a play area in Pilsgate; re-assigning and re-directing local footpaths; cleaning the verges on Main Street; and, finally, planting trees to replace others that had died.

Harry Brassey has retired from Barnack Parish Council after 43 years as a councillor
Harry Brassey has retired from Barnack Parish Council after 43 years as a councillor

Today the same issues are dealt with by the Parish Council on a regular basis.

Fellow parish councillor Martin Bloom said: “Harry’s total commitment and dedication to the Council’s work and the welfare of our residents has no limits.

“He has himself always carried out a huge amount of the tasks required to maintain and improve our villages – from installing sanitisers in the bus shelters to installing the Christmas tree in the square every year – just don’t mention his skill at operating a cherry picker!

Harry Brassey, retiring councillor from Barnack Parish Council
Harry Brassey, retiring councillor from Barnack Parish Council

“Everyone in Barnack owes Harry a huge debt of gratitude and our best wishes go out to him for a happy retirement – although we are sure he won’t be able to resist offering his help!”



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