Councillor gave all to serve village
After 43 years High Halden’s councillor says farewell
A HIGH Halden parish councillor has retired after 43 years of service.
Harold Apps, 81, recently called it quits after many years dedicated to the village as well as time spent as a Tenterden town councillor and Ashford borough councillor.
He served as Ashford mayor from 1979-80.
One grateful High Halden resident contacted the Kentish Express to say thank you for all of Mr Apps’ hard work.
Sally Selling said: “I have known him for many years and he has done a lot for the village.” Mr Apps, who moved to Charing six months ago in order to downsize, but who lived in High Halden for 50 years, said: “It was a very nice village to live in with a lot of nice people.
“I was always interested in politics and I won a by-election in High Halden in 1964.”
As well as helping to ensure the building of such areas as Tilden Gill and Hopes Grove, Mr Apps, who worked as a banker, was also responsible for introducing street lighting to the village in the mid-1980s. But retirement does not necessarily mean that Mr Apps will be taking it easy from now on
“I am still involved with High Halden church,” he said. “I have been a churchwarden for 15 years.
“My roots go back 150 years as my great-grandfather was married there and I am the fourth generation, on my mother’s side, to worship in the church.”
Harold Apps, 81, who has retired as High Halden parish councillor