Midhurst town councillors retire after nearly 100 years of service

From left: John Etherington, Ted Dummer, Judy Fowler, Colin Hughes and Joan Hursthouse, town clerk
From left: John Etherington, Ted Dummer, Judy Fowler, Colin Hughes and Joan Hursthouse, town clerk

MIDHURST town councillors said goodbye to almost 100 years of service to the town when four members retired this month.

Ted Dummer notched up 40 years after joining the council in 1976. He was chairman of the planning committee for 25 years until he gave up the post in 2014.

He was awarded the MBE for services to his community in 2000.

“I have enjoyed all my time on the council,” he said, “I shall miss the comradeship which I have appreciated.”

Also retiring is Colin Hughes, who has served for 29 years and was chairman in 1995-2009 at a time of regeneration throughout the town.

Judy Fowler has retired with 16 years service under her belt.

“I am proud of being part of the council which acquired the old library,” she said, “supported the setting-up of the successful MADhurst festival and the Rother Valley Together group.

“I shall really miss the camaraderie, but there are other things I am interested in which I am now free to pick up.”

Win Passmore has retired after 14 years serving on the planning and community care committees.

“Win was a valued member of the council, always there to help out when the council hosted functions and keen to support the community,” said chairman John Etherington.