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Councillors past and present remember Michael Osmond's incredible 42 years

Past and present councillors of Clayhidon gathered to honour the service and commitment of two of their members and an incredible 42 years from the parish clerk, Michael Osmond.Alan Redwood and Robert Pike have both recently retired after 24 years service to the parish and Mr Osmond also retired after overseeing the May local elections.
A presentation evening was held in the church rooms on Thursday, 2 July with refreshments provided by the Clayhidon Friends.
Current chairman of Clayhidon Parish Council, Richard Kallaway, said Mr Osmond had given "an incredible length of service." He had served with six chairmen starting with Alan Blackmore, then his son Tom, Maurice Bendle, Graham Langford, MIchael Hudson and himself.
Mr Kallaway said Mr Osmond had a tremendous wealth of knowledge and thanked him for his support and guidance over the years and said he had no doubt this expertise and steady hand would be called on in future.
Mr Osmond said when he was persuaded to become the parish clerk he was told he needed only to write the minutes and write perhaps half a dozen letters a year. Over the years the work had evolved and greatly increased, and he recalled a "testing time" dealing with some travellers, and the increased work for royal weddings and jubilees including organising mugs for all the children in the parish. As well as taking care of the parish council accounts, Mr Osmond was also treasurer of the village hall committee for 25 years, 24 years for the parochial church council and secretary to the Cullompton Deanery. But his main love is organ music and particularly pipe music and Mr Osmond regularly plays at local churches.So Mr Osmond chose two books by a French organist as a present from the parish council with a handwritten inscription by Miss Margaret Blackmore, and was also given some money.   Mr Redwood and Mr Pike were both presented with commemorative plates made by Clayhidon potter Nicola Werner. Mr Kallaway thanked Mr Redwood and Mr Pike for their 24 years of fantastic service each, and the huge amount of time they had given to the community. Mr Pike continues to represent Clayhidon on Smeatharpe Village Hall committee.              PICTURES, FROM TOP: 1. Present and former councillors at the presentation.   2. Margaret Blackmore#s handwritten inscription in Michael Osmond's music book.            3. From left - Alan Redwood, Richard Kallaway, Michael Osmond and Robert Pike.            4. The catering team from Clayhidon Friends - from left,  Freda Dewar, Helen Lancaster, Lynda Ridout, Anne Langford and Margaret Prettejohn. Not in the picture is Heather Procter, who planned the buffet and did all the shopping.