Bob’s 19-year stint as trustee is at an end

Rev Bob Burston and his wife Sue.
Rev Bob Burston and his wife Sue.

A founder and long-standing trustee of a successful north Northumberland development trust has stood down after almost two decades.

Rev Bob Burston has resigned as a trustee of the Glendale Gateway Trust after 19 years of service, having recently retired as canon of St Mary’s Church in Wooler. He will shortly be leaving the area.

He is one of the founding members of the Trust and the longest serving trustee, nominated by Community Action Northumberland.

Tom Johnston, Trust director, said: “Many people in Wooler will remember the empty shops and land that blighted the town centre, now replaced by thriving businesses, flats for young people and the popular, affordable-housing development – Butler Court.

“It was perhaps the most difficult mission the Trust has ever undertaken and it was Bob who steered the partnership meetings, led tough negotiations and ultimately succeeded in leading the revitalisation of much more than a block of empty properties and derelict land. It was a catalyst for change.

“Most, I suspect, will remember Bob as the trustee who was always there to speak up for the smaller communities and forgotten services that are a fundamental part of the local fabric of Glendale – never afraid to articulate his opinion, whether supported or not, always with passion and commitment and always measured; a man of conscience.”

The Trust is inviting current and former trustees to a lunchtime event to say farewell to Bob on Saturday, December 12, at the Cheviot Centre in Wooler.

In the summer, we reported that Mr Burston was retiring in September after 32 years, having moved from Alwinton to Wooler in 1983, playing an active role in the lives of people in Glendale ever since.