At our Annual Parish Meeting held on
14th March 2016
Wokingham Without Parish Council
bestowed the honour of
'Freedom of the Parish' on Councillor Peter Sturgess.
Councillor Sturgess was first elected to the parish council in May 1967. From then he has been an ever present figure on the council. Peter, was first elected parish council chairman ten years later and served as chairman between 1977 and 1979, then from 1981 to 1998, from 2003 to 2005 and again briefly in 2013/14. All in all he has been a councillor for nearly 49 years and was chairman for nearly half of those years.
Even before that Peter was an active member of the local Residents’ Association and with others made that a great success for the new and growing community of Wokingham Without. Peter was involved in so many activities focussed on the good of the community though perhaps the most significant in which Peter was deeply involved was, of course, Pinewood. It is hard now to appreciate the sheer scale and complexity of what had to be done to make Pinewood what it is today.
Wokingham Without Parish are proud to have joined together with other Town and Parish Councils across Wokingham Borough to provide a Heritage Memorial Trail to commemorate the Centenary of World War. 23 War Memorials exist across Wokingham Borough which include open air sites, an unusual Memorial Window at St Sebastian’s Memorial Hall in Wokingham Without. It is felt that this project will allow residents to better understand the contribution and sacrifice made by local people during the Great War.
The project will provide exhibition stands for those towns, parishes and churches involved which will offer a permanent display, sharing some of the stories of the fallen on their own individual memorials
For more information, please follow this linkhttp://www.wokinghamremembers.com/memorial-trail/
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