Parish Council News June 2013

The Parish Council is now made up as follows:

Mr. Andrew Davies (Chairman)
Mrs. Margaret Lenton (Vice-Chairman)
Mrs. Diana Hughes (Planning Chairman)
Mr. Michael Smith (Properties Chairman)
Mr. David Martin (Greens Chairman)
Mr. Graham Sinclair (Watercourses Chairman)
Mr. Charles Collins Mr. Philip Jackson
Mr. John Lenton Mr. Peter Lord
Mr. Thomas Rooks

Betty Marlow Acting Clerk to the Council Cambia, Stanwell Road, Horton,
Berks.SL3 9PA Tel: 01753 682482



A welcome gift from the two parish councils will bring relief to people in pain. The donations of £190 each from the Wraysbury and Horton authorities will go towards providing pain relieving gas for the kit bags of the South Central Ambulance Service's Community First Responders.
The Responders are volunteers who provide early and often vital intervention for patients suffering life-threatening emergencies in their area, while they are waiting for the ambulance to arrive.


Marc Lister, who is training officer for the Responders accepted the gift from Horton Parish Council chairman Cllr Freda Bovingdon outside Champney Hall.  He said: "Some people will remember dentists using gas. This can bring pain relief to someone suffering a heart attack, easing the anxiety and preventing the situation becoming worse. It is a vital part of a responder's equipment."




"I’m too young".  - If you are 21 you are old enough. 


"What's the point of just joining a talking shop, they don't do anything".  - Have you ever been to a meeting? Basing your judgement on watching The Vicar of Dibley is definitely not valid. 


"I haven't got any planning application in at the moment".  - Putting in for planning has got nothing to do with sitting on the Council, whatever may have happened years ago. In fact, if your own application is discussed by the Council, you must leave the room.


"I'm too busy, I couldn't commit to attending every single meeting".-  Meetings are rarely more frequent than one evening a month, and missing the occasional one is perfectly acceptable. Most meetings only take a couple of hours. 


"I'm concentrating on finding a job, or furthering my career".  - Being a local Councillor is a definite plus point to add to a CV. It shows you can make decisions, work in a team, are community minded and pro-active. Prospective employees will be impressed.


"I haven't lived here very long and I don't know the area well".  - If you have lived or worked in the Parish for a year you are eligible. Your views as an 'incomer' should be welcomed, as you will probably see things more objectively.


"I'm worried that I won't get many votes, and look silly".  - Even if you are not voted on this time, you may very well be approached if a vacancy occurs in the future and co-opted on.


"Our Parish Council is full of Old Fogeys".  - Join up and change it then.


"I'd look like a fool because I would not know what's going on".  - You will be eased in gently; there is help, advice and more formal training available. The Clerk is the legal officer in the Council, and he or she will explain the rules.


"I'll have to sign that code of conduct thing that the press keeps on about".  - The code of conduct is nowhere near as onerous as made out by the press; out of some 80,000 councillors, only 300 have refused to sign. The code stops situations like the planning one above.


"I'll have to let everyone know about all my personal and business affairs".  - The declaration of interest asks you to declare business interests within the Parish area, to guard against bias when Parish issues are debated. As for personal affairs, get real, everyone knows about these already.


"I'm too lazy and not interested in my community". -  An excellent reason for not joining.


"I prefer to let others do the work and then criticise from the sidelines afterwards". - Also a valid reason for not joining, but do bear in mind that expounding your views in the pub, rather than the council chamber will not change a thing in your Parish.


Go on Wraysbury Parish Council website for more information.
or Horton

ROGER MARLOW 16th May 1937 - 10th March 2013


Shocked Wraysbury Parish residents sat silently at April’s Annual Parish meeting as a tribute was paid to the man who had served as Parish Clerk for 22 years.


Roger Marlow, 75 of Stanwell Road Horton lost his battle against cancer in March. But at the meeting council chairman Andrew Davies remembered the amazing style and humour of the man who put a small sign outside his hospital door saying ‘Offices of Wraysbury Parish Council.’ Cllr Davies said: “He was a dedicated public servant who did a brilliant job as clerk. He fought like a tiger for his life despite having six or seven operations, he never gave up.”


Roger’s wife Betty was chairman of Horton Parish Council for several years and when it hit crisis Roger stepped into the breach to become clerk there too. Betty said: “The night before he died he was doing some work for Wraysbury Parish Council, dictating things to me that needed doing with that sign on his door of his hospital room.”


Roger was born in Northamptonshire and worked in human resources for British Rail and British Airways until his retirement. But the man who served eight Wraysbury Parish Chairmen had an unexpected hobby riding horses with Wrangler cowboys on a Texas dude ranch. Betty said: “He had never sat on a horse till he was 60. We travelled a lot and discovered this ranch in Bandera – regarded as the cowboy capital of Texas, real spit and sawdust bars.” “We made good friends there and Roger used to ride with the Wrangler cowboys. He did that for nearly 20 years.” 


Francis Butt of the Slough Express

June 2013

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