VILLAGERS have bid farewell to a longtime public servant.

At the Old Alresford Parish Council annual meeting on Tuesday April 26 , the chairman Bernard Tucker announced his intention to stand down from the parish council after 28 years’ service, 26 of which were as chairman.

As well as serving on the parish council Bernard has been a pillar of the local community since his retirement from his career as a lecturer in English.

He has been a member and committee member of The Old Alresford Dramatic Society (TOADS) since 1994 during which time he was in six productions, was stage manager for a further ten and bar manager for another twelve.

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Bernard has also been a treasurer for the village hall committee since 1994, only recently stood down, and was a governor of Perins School in Alresford for 16 years.

In 2015 Bernard’s community service was recognised by the presentation of a Mayor of Winchester’s Award.

All those present at the meeting gave him hearty applause and he was thanked for his community service on behalf of his village. Bernard was presented with an engraved pewter mug and a 2023 World Cup rugby shirt of his beloved Ireland to help him enjoy his additional spare time.

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