Clerk to sign off after 21 years in role

Jeanette Wollard-standing down  as Brigg Town Clerk. EMN-150319-154947001
Jeanette Wollard-standing down as Brigg Town Clerk. EMN-150319-154947001

Long serving Brigg Town Clerk Jeanette Woollard has announced her resignation after 21 years in the job, working under 18 different mayors.

Mrs Woollard said she felt the time had come to take a break and spend more relaxed time at home and with family - but she would remember many happy times with the council.

The job has technically always been part time, but the demanding role has seen her hours increase during her time in office.

“One of my happiest memories will be the opening of the Angel Suite in 1996,” she said.

“It created a community building in the heart of town after the council had fought very hard to retain the former Corn Exchange.

“I shall also remember fondly working with young people on the riverside memorial project and my other special memory will be the Remembrance Concert last autumn - a very moving event marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1.”

But there has also been a need to conduct council business professionally, something which the retiring clerk has always prided herself on.

“The clerk’s role is to ensure council always abides by the rules. For this I have always been able to rely on the professional support of ERNLCA. Brigg Town Council has always followed the letter of the law.”

She took satisfaction too from the setting up of Westrum Park and working with the leaders: “By working with members and the families there, it enabled the creation of a permanent place for that community to live.

“The eight years I was involved in that project was a steep learning curve for me.”

Long serving councillor Mike Campion said: “The council are very disappointed the clerk is calling it a day. She has been an excellent Town Clerk and will be a real hard act to follow.”

“Both times I was Mayor, she was so efficient and professional in her work.

“She has always strived to project the profile of the town. We wish her well for the future.”

Mrs Woollard is expected to leave in the summer and the council are to advertise for a replacement.

Mrs Woollard grew up in the South Yorkshire mining area but moved with her husband Kevin to the area some years ago, living in Scawby.

“One day I saw a notice in the newsagent’s window in Scawby advertising for a part time parish clerk for the village,” she said.

“That was how my work with local councils started and I later moved to the bigger role with Brigg.”

But she admits to frustrations at times.

“In some ways the Millennium Green was one.

“The Town Council were looking to take it on at the turn of the Millennium, but the money had to be diverted into a voluntary group.

“After a while, that group and it’s members moved on and the trust eventually folded as there were less people to give their time and energy to it.”