Councillor who oversaw the growth of a parish

Gerry Brown  has retired from being a parish councillor - he served on the parish council since it seperated from Mildenhall in 1999 and was a Mildenhall councillor before.

Gerry Brown has retired from being a parish councillor - he served on the parish council since it seperated from Mildenhall in 1999 and was a Mildenhall councillor before.

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A LONG-SERVING councillor who has been involved in many community projects has moved from Holywell Row and resigned from the council he fought to form.

Gerry Brown moved to the area in 1981 and launched himself into village life.

He said: “When I moved here it struck me that it was a very noisy area because they had the old planes, it was a very rural area with the farms in Holywell Row – it was a community that was struggling to get an identity.”

During his 31 years in the village, Gerry has served as a parish councillor, school governor and chairman of the community association as well as forming a youth club and ensuring the grass was kept neat and tidy.

He said: “I think if you live in a community you have to put something back.”

Gerry said he felt the community had now found its identity and that this was due, in part, to its breakaway from the jurisdiction of Mildenhall Parish Council in 1999.

Gerry was one of the councillors who campaigned for the separation.

He said: “I was one of the original people that said the area would be better off with their own parish council rather than being with Mildenhall.”

Gerry has sat on Beck Row, Holywell Row and Kenny Hill Parish Council since its formation, serving as chairman between 2005 and 2009.

He said: “We have done a lot for the parish. It’s got to be a closer knit community.

“The reduction in the parish precept had the biggest effect – if there’s one thing the community likes it’s to save money.”

Kay Sallis, chairman of Beck Row, Holywell Row and Kenny Hill Parish Council, praised the work that Gerry and his wife Ann have done for the community.

She said: “Gerry and his wife have been a huge asset to the community and we shall all miss them we were very sad at the last meeting when we said goodbye.”

Ann also served as chairman of Beck Row Community Association as well as being a prominent member of the Women’s Institute.