The sad news has come through that Ken Shelley, a stalwart of Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council and from a long line of Shelleys to have lived in this district, has died.
Ken, who described himself as a semi-retired farmer, served as chairman of the parish council for thirty years, and and latterly (until May 2012) as vice-chairman.
All in all he served on the parish council for over forty years; and was still attending meetings as a member of the council even this year. He was proud to be a Draycott man.
Ken joined the PC in October 1969, filling the vacancy left by the death of his father Frederick, who had served on the council for 32 years. Ken went on to serve for 43 years, 30 of them as chairman and 3 as vice-chairman.
His proudest moment no doubt was the opening of St Margaret’s Court, the sheltered-housing bungalows complex, which was completed after a long campaign.
However, a low moment was the closure of the Draycott Primary School, despite major efforts to save it.
He was very attached to St Margaret’s Church, and proudly carried the title of its Tower-Master, meaning he had charge of the ringing of the church’s bells. Among the bells in the tower was one donated before the war by the Shelley family.
Details of the funeral will be announced soon; when Ken will be laid at rest with his wife Dorothy, who died two years ago, in the St Margaret’s Churchyard.