A PARISH councillor from South Hill has retired after a staggering 67 years on the job – making him one of the longest-serving local councillors in the country.
During a special ceremony held at Golberdon Village Hall last week, 92-year-old Ken Trewin was thanked for his contribution to local politics over the years.
”No one else has ever given as much time and effort for the parish,” said South Hill Parish Council chairman Dennis Hicks. “This has left us with the legacy of a rich communal parish which we are proud to have today.”
During his time as a councillor Mr Trewin helped to build the original village hall back in 1954 and served on the Village Hall committee, Flower Show committee and the Hawkin Charity Trust.
Highlighting the former farmer’s achievements Mr Hicks said: “There are also many people in the parish who Ken has quietly helped to sort out their problems by using his many contacts and influence. We thank you very much for what you have done and will always be indebted to you.”
As well as sitting on the parish council Mr Trewin served on Liskeard Rural District Council between 1964 and 1969 and was a member of the former Cornwall County Council between 1969 and 1981.
Current Cornwall Council chairman John Wood, who attended the ceremony alongside Cornwall Council interim chief executive Paul Masters, said: “Your record of service to your local community is a truly remarkable one,” Mr Wood said. “Both the chief executive and I am honoured to have been invited to attend this ceremony and to pay tribute.”
During the ceremony a plaque commemorating Mr Trewin’s service was unveiled at the village hall by a second longstanding South Hill councillor Jill Reynolds, who was also recognised for her 37 years of service.
Mr Trewin thanked everyone and said he had many special memories of his time as a parish, district and county councillor, one of his proudest being the construction of the village hall.