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Fornham All Saints Parish Council stalwart Howard steps down after 10 years




In a village known for its historic 12th century conflict, one man has been spearheading more recent battles in Fornham All Saints.

But Howard Quayle, chairman of the village’s parish council, has stepped down after seven years in the role and 10 as a parish councillor.

He embraced the role with gusto, spending virtually full-time hours championing the village during a challenging period.

Howard Quayle and Elizabeth Hodder, Fornham All Saints (35774820)
Howard Quayle and Elizabeth Hodder, Fornham All Saints (35774820)

Throughout the past decade, Fornham All Saints has faced challenges including a major housing development within the village boundaries, a controversial waste hub in an adjacent village and a long-running traffic problem.

The proposal for what is now Marham Park brought with it a possibility of the village becoming part of Bury St Edmunds.

As a result, Howard and the parish council spent hours poring over documents and attending meetings to try to ensure the village’s characteristics were not overshadowed.

When West Suffolk Operational Hub, in adjacent Fornham St Martin, ignited concerns, Howard burned the midnight oil to help defend the village’s interests.

Howard is succeeded by long-standing parish councillor Elizabeth Hodder. She said: “Fornham All Saints is well known as the site of the Battle of Fornham in 1173, but Fornham villagers have been fighting battles of one sort or another ever since. Howard has led us through some of the biggest challenges to our village in the last 10 years and his invaluable input will be missed.”


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