Trustees, volunteers and friends gathered in Belford Community Club to say “farewell” to Phil Nicholson, retiring chairman of Belford Community Group and his wife Lindsey (pictured above), who are moving to Wales to be nearer family.
Vice chair Eric Gassner paid tribute to Phil as an “excellent chairman and treasurer, a person of great integrity and vision”.
He will be a hard act to follow but he leaves behind a successful, friendly group who work well together.
Under his chairmanship the group has raised over £50,000 in the community shop and has found grant funding of £30,000. Lindsey has demonstrated great skills in helping set up and run the shop.
She has organised the village markets with diplomacy and expertise and has never been afraid to take on any task no matter how menial.
Belford will miss both Phil and Lindsey and the community will be much the poorer for their leaving. They were presented with some paintings of local scenes.
Lindsey and Phil cut a cake specially made for them and thanked all of their friends, trustees and volunteers. They paid tribute to the hard work done by all of the Community Group and to the goodwill of all who supported the group’s many activities.
They move to Wales to be nearer to their family.
The Community Group, under Phil’s chairmanship has raised over £50,000 in the community shop in two years, has found grant funding of £30,000 for the Hidden History Exhibition, has provided a fully equipped multi gym, a community greenhouse, and much more besides.
All of the profits from the shop are ploughed back into the community.