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Parish Clerk honoured

Never have so many owed so much to…

Dave and Valerie Deadman with the award Hook’s long serving Parish Clerk, Dave Deadman, has been awarded the Hart District Council Chairman’s Award of Merit. The awards are given annually, for outstanding Community Service in Hart District.

Dave, who has been parish clerk for over thirty years,  was presented with his award – an engraved glass vase and a bouquet of flowers – by Hart Chairman Charles Lynch on March 28th at the Harlington Centre, Fleet. In the audience were most of Hook Parish Council, who had secretly nominated him, along with his wife Valerie and members of his family.

Dave Deadman making his acceptance speechOver the years, Dave will have become familiar to many Hook residents as the point of contact for the Parish Council. What most people may not have realised is how much the Council relies on Dave to get things done.  Many initiatives to the advantage of the village have started because Dave spotted an opportunity in a change of legislation, or the way that District Council funding was being administered, or simply because he wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.

He has worked tirelessly for the good of the village, far above the duties owing to the paid post of Parish Clerk.

Dave has left his mark on Hook to a very considerable degree and we have all gained many benefits from his hard work.

Thank you, Dave!

Dave Deadman with Councillors after the awards ceremony Back Row L-R: Hart District Council Chairman Charles Lynch with Mrs Lynch. Parish Councillors Colin Brown, Gillian Morgan, Janet Deller and Michael Clarke, Deputy Clerk David Ridley.

Front Row L-R: ParishCouncillor Tony Taylor, Parish Clerk Dave Deadman, Parish Councillors Peter Jennions, Jane Bonnin and Allen Saltmarsh.