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Quadring Parish Council clerk Malc Stacey steps down after 57 years

A parish council clerk who has served his community for nearly 60 years is embarking on a well-earned retirement.

Malc Stacey (75) joined Quadring Parish Council as a fresh faced teenager in the early 1960s and is thought to be one of the longest serving clerks in the country.

But after notching up 57 years of service for the village, Malc is now stepping down from the role.

Malc Stacey is retiring from Quadring Parish Council after nearly 60 years (46561270)
Malc Stacey is retiring from Quadring Parish Council after nearly 60 years (46561270)

During his time with the council, Malc helped to improve the facilities for youngsters in the village.

Malc, who is married with two children and four grandchildren, is pleased to have served Quadring.

He said: “I have really
enjoyed my time with the council but I have decided the time is right to retire.

“I must have been one of the longest serving clerks in the country.”

Malc was just 18-years-old when his predecessor, George Burgess, suggested that he might be right for the role.

He said: “I used to live in Quadring and was working for the produce merchant J W Fillingham Ltd at the time.

“I was talking to the old clerk, George Burgess, who said the job would suit me.”

Malc made his council
debut in October 1964 when he recorded the proceedings of his first council meeting.

Over the years, Malc says the role of a parish council clerk has changed.

He said: “There was not an awful lot at the beginning, you would take the minutes and put out the agendas and letter writing.

“It made it a bit easier when computer systems came in.

“It is more involved, you nearly have to be a solicitor to do the job now.”

As a young man, Malc had juggled his duties with the parish council alongside his full time jobs which included management and supervisor roles in Smedleys and Geest.

During this time with the council, Malc has worked hard to install play equipment on the playing field.

He said: “The main thing has been to get the playing field up and running in the 1960s.

“We have made Quadring a better place to live.

“I shall miss being part of the community.”

Quadring Parish Council chairman Henry Bingham has paid tribute to Malc.

He said: “He is one of the best assets of the village. Malc is a long standing clerk and has a wealth of knowledge about Quadring. He will be greatly missed by the parish council past and present. I think incredibly of Malc and it is rarity for someone to do the job as he has for such a long time.”

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