Retiring parish clerk recognised with gift from MP

Waddesdon Parish Council's parish clerk Richard Skym is presented with an award for loyal service from John Bercow MP - they are pictured here with members of the parish council
Waddesdon Parish Council's parish clerk Richard Skym is presented with an award for loyal service from John Bercow MP - they are pictured here with members of the parish council
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A retiring parish clerk has been presented with a gift by Vale MP John Bercow to mark his 12 years of service.

Richard Skym steps down at the end of the month after 12 years working for Waddesdon Parish Council.

Mr Skym, was given the surprise gift by the MP outside Waddesdon Village Hall on Friday February 13.

He said: “This was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise.

“I am delighted to have been recognised in this way.”

Mr Skym, who lives in Frederick Street in the village with his wife Mary, a retired school teacher said: “I was asked to apply because there was a vacancy and so I did.

“I used to work in the city and I took early retirement so I found moving from the commercial world into local government a bit of a steep learning curve.”

Mr Skym said there would be a one-month handover before a permanent replacement, who is yet to be appointed, takes over.

Mr Skym added he had achieved many things during his time with the council.

He said: “I have helped with getting a new recreation ground and skateboard park and also in tidying the village allotments.

“We are also getting a new puffin crossing in the village at the end of the month after eight years of work.

“I like to think I have achieved a lot in the village.”