Julian Davies presents Chris Dash with some memories of 9 years as YKPC Chairman

At the May meeting of Yatton Keynell Parish Council, Chris Dash stood down as the Chairman. Chris had been the Chairman since 2002 and to mark his outstanding contribution to Yatton Keynell, the newly elected Chairman, Julian Davies presented Chris with a commemorative photo montage depicting some of the key events during his period in office at an informal gathering in The Bell on 24 June.

Chris was the Chairman during a period of significant change in the village seeing it transform into a largely residential village but without losing its heart as part of a farming tradition.

Best Kept Village Award

Chris Dash accepts the award for Best Kept Medium Village 2010

It would be difficult in the space available to catalogue all of his achievements but we all know him as the doughty fighter who led from the front in the successful campaign to save our Post Office. He also embraced beneficial change with enthusiasm. Those who attended the public meeting called to discuss the plans for Church Farm will never forget his positive approach to what was a radical change in the centre of the village. As a result we all now benefit from a prestigious development at the heart of the village coupled with the construction of the traditional market cross which has given us both a focal point and a tangible legacy for future generations to admire and enjoy.

Finally and a fitting end to a highly successful period in office, Yatton Keynell was once again voted Wiltshire’s best kept village in 2010.

Although standing down as Chairman, his wealth of knowledge and experience will still be available as he is staying on as a member of the Parish Council for the foreseeable future.

Alistair Parker
Vice Chairman YKPC