How many minutes in 50 years? Clerk Roger clocks up milestone

A parish council clerk who has taken the minutes of meetings for half a century was rewarded for his efforts at a surprise presentation on Monday.

Saturday, 6th July 2013, 7:00 pm
Coun John Dunford, left, presents Roger Greenwood with his award

Heptonstall parish councillors presented clerk Roger Greenwood with a suitably engraved salver at their meeting.

Mr Greenwood took up his role on May 31, 1963, shortly before his 17th birthday. His father Ronald and uncle Maurice Dawson were both parish councillors at the time.

In presenting him with the salver, chair of the council Coun John Dunford said that not only had Roger given 50 years of service to Heptonstall Parish Council but that he had given many years of voluntary service to the wider world of parish councils both in Yorkshire and England.

He is a councillor in Erringden and often represents both that parish and Heptonstall as one of their representatives to the South Pennine branch of the Yorkshire Local Councils Association (YLCA).

In turn he represents that body on the Executive of the YLCA where he also serves on the Finance and General Purposes Committee and chairs its Audit Panel.

For many years he has held roles with the National Association of Local Councils, where he is at present the Council member for West Yorkshire and also serves on the Scrutiny Panel as its Chair.

Councillor Dunford thanked Roger for all his years of service and expressed the hope that he would continue to serve not only Heptonstall but also all these bodies for many years to come.

Roger, who is also county chairman of the Society of Local Council Clerks, said: “I have never at any stage considered resigning. Everyone has afforded me courtesy and good humour and made the task that much more enjoyable.

“I have consistently had a group of council members who have taken the task seriously and put a lot of effort and enthusiasm into their roles.

“I have derived such a lot of pleasure from the role.”