Bench dedicated in memory of former councillor Jean Atkinson

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Last Updated: 19 Sep 2017 5:02pm

Members of the Six In One Club in Tonbridge held a ceremony to dedicate a bench in memory of former Tonbridge & Malling Borough Councillor Jean Atkinson on Friday 15 September outside the Club's premises in Northwood Road.

Pam Bates, in her role as Deputy Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and Members and Minutes Secretary for the Club, made a short speech at the dedication ceremony, which was held in recognition of Jean's tireless hard work for the community she represented for so many years.

Jean Atkinson was a Borough Councillor for Trench ward from 3 May 2007 until her death on 9 October 2016. She was a key member of many committees and advisory boards over the years and was Cabinet Member for Housing in 2011/2012.

Members of Jean's family attended the ceremony along with Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat MBE, Leader of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council Nicolas Heslop, Chief Executive of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council Julie Beilby, President of the Six In One Club Brian Rabbett, Chair of the Six In One Club George Maile, Secretary and Treasurer for the Club Toni Jepson, and Pam Bates, who is the Deputy Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling and also the Members and Minutes Secretary for the Six In One Club.

Pam Bates said: "Jean did so much for our community – she helped many individuals at the club and was instrumental in helping us to find funding for our disabled toilet facilities.  I think she would have been surprised that people thought so much of her – she didn't expect thanks for her work – she just wanted to help people.  It was important to us to do something to express how grateful we are for everything she did for the club and dedicating a bench in her memory seemed like the perfect way to say thank you."

Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling, said: "Jean Atkinson was an example of duty and care, and I was honoured to call her a friend. It was a privilege to be at the dedication of a bench in her memory. Jean supported people in many different ways and her hard work, generosity and dedication to helping the community she represented will never be forgotten."

The bench is situated outside the Six In One Club, close to the bus stop in Northwood Road.