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FOND FAREWELL: Council clerk bids farewell after 17 years serving Kings Langley

 Published on: 5th January 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Kings Langley Parish Council’s clerk is bidding farewell to the village as he retires from the role after more than 17 years.

Paul Dunham was appointed as clerk in 2005 and is now set to pass on the role over the coming months.

Throughout the years, Paul has assisted villagers with a plethora of problems, while also having a lot of fun along the way.

Speaking to KingsNews about why he stayed for in the role so long, Paul said it was easy because of how much he loved it.

He said: “It’s been a great 17-and-a-half years. I wouldn’t have stayed here this long if I didn’t enjoy the job and the people I was working with. It’s important to have nice people to work with and can have a bit of banter with.

“The job has been quite a broad one; one minute I’m giving out dog poo bags and the next I am being scrutinised by external auditors about the council’s accounts.

“Quite a lot of odd things come up. We get a lot of calls; a lot of people see the parish council as their first port of call.”

Paul said that he has a few plans for retirement, including exercising more and spending more time with his grandchildren.

He said: “The most important thing is to keep your brain going; I need to find something that will keep my brain occupied.

“A lot of people have been asking me how I feel but I’m not sure. I don’t think it will dawn on me until maybe a few months after I have left.”

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