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Harry Fordham honoured
« on: October 30, 2003, 08:20:32 pm »
Earlier this year the North Mymms Parish Councillors decided to acknowledge the tremendous contribution that Harry Fordham, of Dellsome Lane, Welham Green, has made to village life.  The result was a presentation in October at an informal gathering after the Councilís annual Civic Service at Brookmans Park URC. The chairman, Frank Maynard, presented Harry with a shield bearing the Councilís coat of arms and inscribed to commemorate his service to the community.

Harry was born 80 years ago at Highamís Park, London and was a national schoolboys champion swimmer.  During the war he lost the sight in one eye during a bomb attack so he spent the rest of the war teaching the use of firearms.  After 20 years in the army he left to work for Nestlť and lived at Eastcote, Ruislip where he joined the Royal British Legion.  He held various offices including Treasurer and Chairman, and was heavily involved in the annual Poppy Day collection.

When he and his wife Dorrie moved to Welham Green in 1981 they did not know anyone so they joined various local organisations.  Naturally he transferred to the local RBL, where he became Treasurer and then Chairman for 14 years until 1999.  Dorrie became secretary of the RBLís womenís branch.  Again, Harry was heavily involved in Poppy Day collections, and organised parties for disabled ex-servicemen.

At the North Mymms Memorial Hall the Friends and Neighbours Club has benefited from his years as their Treasurer and the Chairman, and his organisation of holidays and seaside outings for pensioners.  The North Mymms Youth and Community Centre also benefited from his 20 years on their committee until 2000.  He still collects membership renewals for the North Mymms Horticultural Society.

Harry and Dorrie were unable to accept an invitation to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace because of her failing health.  Sadly she died in 2000, and was therefore unable to see Harry go to County Hall in 2001 where the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire presented him with a certificate for his services to the community.    

In the church parish magazine Harry said that he likes Welham Green for its 'friendly people and sense of community'.   The Parish Council has now paid tribute to Harry for his role in this community.