“Lovely to be appreciated”, says retiring parish clerk

Date: Friday 25th May 2018
Rachael Kelly, who is to take over as Cliburn parish clerk.
Rachael Kelly, who is to take over as Cliburn parish clerk.

CLIBURN resident Margaret Burne said she was “completely floored” by a surprise presentation made to her when she retiring from the role of clerk to the parish meeting after 20 years of service.

Henry Nicholson, chairman of Cliburn Parish Meeting, presents Margaret Burne with a bouquet, with parishioners looking on. Margaret was also presented with a garden seat and vouchers.
Henry Nicholson, chairman of Cliburn Parish Meeting, presents Margaret Burne with a bouquet, with parishioners looking on. Margaret was also presented with a garden seat and vouchers.

Mrs Burne was presented with a bench, a bouquet and vouchers following donations which had been made by parishioners.

She said: “I was completely floored. I did not expect anything and didn’t know what to say. It’s lovely to be appreciated.”

Born and bred at Maulds Meaburn, Mrs Burne moved to Cliburn in 1966 when she married the late Malcolm Burne.

She became a magistrate in 1975, initially serving on the Shap Bench, then at Penrith and finally Carlisle. Mrs Burne, who was made an MBE in 2014, spent 37 years in the important local justice role before stepping three years ago.

She remains treasurer of the village hall and St Cuthbert’s Church, where she also acts as a churchwarden.

Henry Nicholson, chairman of Cliburn Parish Meeting, said: “Margaret, sadly after 20 years’ service as our parish clerk you have now decided to retire. It is impossible to put into words the contribution, guidance and advice that you have given over the years.

“Hopefully you will still attend future meetings where we can rely on your input of village knowledge.”

Mrs Burne is to be replaced as clerk to Cliburn parish meeting by Rachael Kelly, of Penrith.