Graeme bows out as Hooe’s parish clerk

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IT was the end of an era when Hooe Parish Council met last Thursday and bade farewell to its long-standing clerk. Graeme Bower.

But as the council’s current chairman, Cllr Dick Carey , recalled, that had not been the intention when Graeme first took up the post “more years ago than I care to remember”.

He said: “Graeme stepped in at extremely short notice, in effect to ‘get us out of a hole’, but he ended up staying put and has since been a tremendous clerk and become a good friend, too.

“Soon after joining us he had got the council organised and set us on the right track. I have greatly enjoyed working with him and I know we all appreciate all he has done for the parish during his time as clerk.”

As a token of that esteem and to mark his many years of service , Cllr Carey presented Mr Bower with an engraved lead crystal fruit bowl.

In response, Graeme warmly thanked the council before presenting his successor as clerk, Alison Hillman, with a folder of parish papers.

They were, he said, smiling broadly, simply representative of many large boxes of files and documents already delivered to Alison’s home prior to her getting to grips with her new duties.

These officially began on September 1.

Following the formal exchanges at Hooe Village Hall, refreshments were served and council members and others present had the chance to chat to Graeme and Alison individually.The parish council next meets on Monday, October 29 at the village hall from 7.30pm.