New town clerk for Aylsham as existing clerk retires after 22 years in the role

07:00 10 May 2014

Aylsham town clerk Mo Anderson-Dungar hands over the reins, and keys, to Sue Lake.

Aylsham town clerk Mo Anderson-Dungar hands over the reins, and keys, to Sue Lake. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

A long-serving town clerk who has spent 22 years in the post is retiring and handing over the reins to her successor.

Mo Anderson-Dungar was Aylsham’s 10th clerk in 120 years, stepping through the doors on May 22 1992 for her first day at work.

And the 66-year-old said much had changed in her time in the town, her job moving from a part-time position to a full-time post, and more responsibility passing to the council.

And the mother of two grown-up children said now was the right time to leave.

She said: “I have enjoyed my time here. It has been a lot like a marriage, there have been so many challenges.

“I wasn’t ready to retire before, I was very happy doing what I was doing. This time last year I was thinking about it – you know when it is the right time.”

But far from slowing down, Mrs Anderson-Dunger, who lives in Banningam, will continue to serve as clerk at Colby and Banningham Parish Council and look after the accounts for her husband, Richard, who is an architect.

She is leaving the council in the hands of Sue Lake, who has been working in Norwich for the Norfolk Association of Local Councils for the past 11 years.

Mrs Lake, 56, who lives in Hainford with her husband Paul, 57, said she was looking forward to the new challenge and getting to know the town.

“Town councils have become more visible with the localism agenda and district councils have delegated responsibility,” she added. “In every council in the country finance is the key. It is probably going to get worse before it gets better.

“It will be about managing expectations within a budget and a life of talking to people.”

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