Road-naming tribute to “pillar of community” and ex-Mansfield Town footballer

TRIBUTE -- Stimpson family members receive a naming certificate and flowers from Ashfield District Council chairman, Coun Glenys Maxwell and Peveril staff.
TRIBUTE -- Stimpson family members receive a naming certificate and flowers from Ashfield District Council chairman, Coun Glenys Maxwell and Peveril staff.

A former councillor, teacher and ex-Mansfield Town footballer who was passionate about improving his local community in Sutton has been honoured at a new housing development.

Tom Stimpson, who served on Ashfield District Council and also the old Sutton Urban District council, died in 2009 -- at the grand old age of 101. But now his memory is to live on after housebuilder Peveril Homes named a principal road Tom Stimpson Way at its new Phoenix Place development in Sutton.

“Mr Stimpson was a pillar of the community, working hard to serve the neighbourhood he lived and worked in,” said Coun Glenys Maxwell (Lab), the current chairman of Ashfield Council. “It is very appropriate that his name has been given to a new development. I am sure he would have been very honoured and delighted.”

The gesture also pleased Mr Stimpson’s family. Son Thomas said: “He cared about his local area. For instance, when he was on the council, if he saw a street light out when he drove into work, he’d report it the same day. And if it hadn’t been fixed by the next day, there would be trouble!”

Peveril sales adviser Heather Ryder said: “This is a fitting tribute because Phoenix Place is a lovely place to live.”

REGARDED as something of a local legend, Tom Stimpson was not only a councillor but also head teacher of the former Eastbourne Secondary Modern School in Sutton and a JP at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.

He served St Andrew’s Church in Skegby and others as a lay reader and was a member of the Skegby branch of the Royal British Legion.

Mr Stimpson was also a keen sportsman and played for Mansfield Town, Wolves and Scunthorpe United in the 1930s, making 20 appearances and scoring one goal for the Stags. He played cricket for Skegby and was a member of Sutton Harriers athletics club.