We thank Dorothy for her hard work

Geoff presents clock to Dorothy

Chairman Cllr Geoff Colledge presents an engraved clock to Dorothy

On Sunday evening at a small gathering (invitation only due to Covid restrictions) we celebrated Dorothy Bultitude’s two decades’ service as Parish Clerk.  Geoff Colledge presented her with an engraved clock and Alison Morris handed over the proceeds of a ‘whip round’ with several hundred pounds, reflecting the considerable respect villagers have for Dorothy.

In a short speech, Dorothy said she was pleased to have been able to continue with many of the things husband Ken started but was unable to complete because of his untimely death.  She is especially pleased there is finally movement on the Village Hall!

She is looking forward to retirement in her new house in Hythe.

Farewell to Dorothy

Dorothy Bultitude retired this week after the best part of 20 years as our Parish Clerk.

Geoff Colledge, Council Chair said:

“We as a Parish owe a great deal of thanks to Dorothy for the dedication and devotion she showed to our Parish.

“We wish her a very long and happy retirement.”

Councillors and Clerk receive the award

Cllr Ken Bultitude, Dorothy at his side, accepting the Quality Award from Cllr Terry Preston, Chair Shepway District Council, January 2007

We will be announcing a retirement function in the near future to wish Dorothy a fond farewell and give all of her friends in the village an opportunity to join us.

Welcome to our new Clerk

Cathy Skinner faceOur new Parish Clerk, Cathy Skinner, takes office today, 1 August.  Cathy comes to us with great credentials as she already looks after two other parish councils and also served as a councillor in her own parish.

Cathy sat in at our last parish council meeting and has already taken possession of a drawerful of our files, neatly bundled up and indexed by Dorothy.

Although living in Shepherdswell, she is very familiar with our area and we are all looking forward to working with her.


Dumps re-open

Kent County Council have announced the re-opening of their Household Waste and Recycling Centres.  To limit the number of people visiting the sites there is a booking system and a limit on the number of visits you may make.

For full details, see here.