Pleasley Parish councillor steps down after 34 years

Councillor Patricia Fishers retires from The Pleasley Parish Council. l-r back is Councillor Pauline Bowmer Vice Chairman, Brian Carnall Clerk, front, Councillor Howard Wright Chairman Pleasley Parish Council, Patricia Fishers, Gary Barker, Deputy Unit Manager at New Bassett Care Home.
Councillor Patricia Fishers retires from The Pleasley Parish Council. l-r back is Councillor Pauline Bowmer Vice Chairman, Brian Carnall Clerk, front, Councillor Howard Wright Chairman Pleasley Parish Council, Patricia Fishers, Gary Barker, Deputy Unit Manager at New Bassett Care Home.

A long serving Pleasley Parish councillor has stepped down after 34 years of service.

Coun Pat Fisher handed over her resignation to the council due to age and disability reasons last month.

As a commemoration of Coun Fisher’s dedication to the parish, her fellow councillors have presented her with four red patio rose bushes.

Pat has not long retired to New Bassett House Care Home in Shirebrook.

The roses will be planted in the gardens at the home as a token of everlasting gratitude from Pleasley Parish councillors for all to appreciate.

Howard Wright, chairman of the council, said: “It is with regret that the parish council have had to accept the resignation of Pat Fisher, after 34 years of service.

“Her efforts will be missed.

“She has settled down and is very comfortable at her new home but she will be missed by many.”

A presentation to Pat was made by Coun Howard Wright and Coun Pauline Bowmer on behalf of Pleasley Parish Council yesterday (12th August) at New Bassett Care Home in Shirebrook.

Pauline Bowmer, fellow councillor, said: “Pat has been a good worker for the community and parish council.

“She will be really missed. She has been a good embassador through her time at the parish council and to all the people she has represented.

“I will always remember when I first tried to get on the parish council, Pat went for it too and she beat me, she said it was only by one point but it was more like ten.”

Pat will be fondly remembered by her fellow members for her strict deliverance of standing orders.

Coun Bowmer added: “We will miss her standing orders at meetings.

“Whenever it got to 9pm and we ran over, she would always say don’t forget standing orders.

“It’s the little things that we will miss the most.”

Councillors said Pat loved her scarlet roses and although she could not see them very well, she could smell them.

Pat was a keen flower arranger during her time as a councillor and would often spend hours helping people to arrange flowers at village events.

Her role will now be advertised by Bolsover District Council for a new councillor.