Sue Martin, clerk to Haydon Wick Parish Council, retired earlier in the year, having started her duties from a spare room at home in Haydon Wick, but ending in a purpose built parish office and meeting room off Thames Avenue.
Apart from the construction of the parish building, Sue was involved with: the North Swindon Development public enquiry and subsequently hundreds of planning applications which came before the parish council; the launch of a community mini-bus service; creation of a bowling green; dealing with the traveller occupation on Clary Road Field; running of the Christmas parcel scheme for seniors in the parish; development of the King George V playing field; and the building of the Haydonleigh multi-use games area.
At a farewell party attended by former parish councillors, colleagues and local groups, parish chair Richard Hailstone thanked Sue on behalf of the community and wished her well in her retirement.
Sue said that she had thoroughly enjoyed her time as parish clerk, but was looking forward to a life free of local government paperwork, but still being involved in the community with her husband, as well as spending time with their grandchildren.
Michelle Meyrick, a parish clerk with over 12 years experience, has taken on the role.