Town council thanks councillor for 30 years of service

Councillor Grant, left pictured with councillors Stuart Parsons and Angie Dale.

Colburn Town Council has thanked a long-standing councillor for her service.

Helen Grant has retired from the town council after 30 years.

The council has issued a thank you for her dedicated service.

Helen joined the authority in November 1990, leading it as mayor in 1994-95, 1996-97, 2006-8 and 2018-19.

The town council said in a statement: “A busy member of Colburn, she also served on Richmondshire District and North Yorkshire County Councils, gaining a wide ranging understanding of every aspect of local government.

“Her expertise has been invaluable for the workings of Colburn Town Council and her encyclopedic knowledge will be sorely missed.

“Helen has kept council meetings on the straight and narrow, with a touch of humour and forthright honesty.

“She has involved  herself in the town’s annual pantomime and Christmas lights competition, also finding time to support the local youth project, and help with the founding of Colburn’s Community Cafe and very successful Foodshare scheme.”

The council added: “Very little has taken place in the town of Colburn, without the direction and support of Helen Grant, and we would wish her every happiness in her retirement, when she will spend many hours in her much loved garden and allotment, and travel further afield.”

Cllr Grant lost out in last week’s election for North Yorkshire County Council although will remain a district councillor until the authority disbands next year.