Chairman stands down after 15 years of community work

Rothbury Remembrance Service 2012 'Wreath layers march to the War Memorial.
Rothbury Remembrance Service 2012 'Wreath layers march to the War Memorial.

A parish council chairman, who has served his village for more than 15 years, has stood down from his post after being diagnosed with cancer.

Alan Fendley has been an integral part of the community in Rothbury, serving on the village authority as well as various other groups, including the parish cluster, Royal British Legion and U3A.

But his recent diagnosis means he needs to take a step back.

The 76-year-old admitted he will miss his community work.

He said: “It has been what makes me wonderful and I am missing it already. But I won’t be able to fulfill all the obligations.”

Mr Fendley will be having an operation soon which means he will be out-of-action for around three months.

Coun Mark Gilson, vice chairman of the parish council, will take over his position in the meantime.

County and parish councillor, Steven Bridgett, said: “Alan Fendley has been an integral part of community life in Rothbury for as long as I can remember. I first had the opportunity of working with him some 14 years ago when I first became involved in the market towns’ initiative and he took me under his wing.

“It is with great sadness that Alan has decided to step away from public service, but the circumstances are very much understandable.

“He has chaired both Rothbury Parish Council, the Coquetdale Cluster of Parish Councils and led the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Coquetdale with the integrity and good humour that we all have come to associate him with.I will miss his guidance and very dry, sarcastic wit, but on behalf of all the residents he has served, I would like to say thank you and wish both him and his wife Averil the very best of health.”