Coun­cil­lor gave all to serve vil­lage

Af­ter 43 years High Halden’s coun­cil­lor says farewell

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

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

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