Instow’s clerk retires

Instow Parish Council chairman Brian Moores thanks Roger Jacob, who is retiring after his 13 year te

Instow Parish Council chairman Brian Moores thanks Roger Jacob, who is retiring after his 13 year tenure as parish clerk. - Credit: Archant

Roger Jacob bids council farewell, but is happy his job is now in experienced hands.

INSTOW’S clerk has put aside his quill pen and is looking forward to retirement after more than a dozen years with the parish council.

Roger Jacob officially ended his tenure as parish clerk on March 31 and the post will be taken up by Martyn Isaac, a former senior officer with North Devon Council.

Roger, 68, said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time at the council: “In some small way I am a little saddened to be leaving, but it had to happen one day,” he said.

“It has been 12-and-a-half years full of challenges, sometimes frustration and exasperation, but always most enjoyable, greatly rewarding and most of all, exceedingly worthwhile,

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“I have enjoyed working for a community that has always been, in my opinion, the jewel in North Devon’s crown and which is full of characters from all walks of life, all of whom contribute to some degree or other.”

Roger was born in Barnstaple to Cornish parents, but brought up in Newquay, giving him ‘dual nationality’ as he likes to put it.

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He served with Cornwall Constabulary, later Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, for 32 years, rising to the rank of acting superintendent in a career that included a stint as inspector at Ilfracombe.

He has been a member of St John Ambulance for 55 years, serving as Devon chief executive from 1995 to 2000 and is currently county vice president (North Devon) and chairman of the County Priory Group.

Instow Parish Council chairman, Councillor Brian Moores said Roger had been instrumental in helping the council gain Quality Parish Council status in 2007 and retaining it in 2011.

“He has done a tremendous amount over the years and a lot of the work the council has been able to do is down to his assistance and support,” he said.

“The parish council is indebted to Roger, there’s no doubt about that. I have always found him very helpful, supportive and knowledgeable in all aspects of running the council and getting things done.”

Martyn is 53 and from the Barnstaple area. He worked at North Devon Council for 34 years, rising to the post of democratic services manager. He is also clerk of Landkey Parish Council and will continue in the role.

He said he was looking forward to working with the Instow councillors and getting involved in the issues of the parish.

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