Tribute to Jean

12:41 02 April 2014

Jean Mitchell memorial

Jean Mitchell memorial

Archant

A lasting tribute to one of Exmouth’s ‘guiding hands’ Councillor Jean Mitchell, has been unveiled.

Friends and colleagues of the former Deputy Mayor convened at the Manor Gardens on Saturday, for a short ceremony and the unveiling of a brass plaque.

The tributes were led by Deputy Mayor Bill Nash at the performance stage which Jean, who died last summer aged 78, was credited with securing for Exmouth.

Cllr Nash said: “I am privileged, to represent Exmouth Town Council for the unveiling of this commemorative plaque in memory of Jean Mitchell.

“Jean came to Exmouth with in 1973 where Jean became involved in the activities of the town and was a founder member of the present Exmouth Town Council, when it was founded in 1996.

“Many of the things we find in Exmouth today have had Jean’s guiding hand on them - from being a founder member of Fair Trade to the various sub committees she sat on, the skate boarding area and tennis courts in Phear Park, and the gym equipment there and also on the sea front.

“As Jean had a keen interest in drama and music she became a founder member of The Exmouth Festival and was responsible for this performance stage in Manor Gardens.

“So it is right and fitting that this commemorative plaque is displayed on this performance stage.

“Jean will be remembered for many things and not least her clear thinking, sense of purpose and unselfish commitment to the community she was part of.”

Jean’s husband Councillor Malcolm Mitchell said: “It was one year after the election we decided to go away for the weekend.

“One day we went to Kingsbridge, and as we were driving along we saw something like this performance stage.

“Jean said ‘that’s what we want’.

“When we got back to Exmouth Jean and (and former town clerk) John Wokersien went to see the clerk at Kingsbridge and that’s how we got the stage.”

Friend and colleague Councillor Eileen Wragg said: “She was always scrupulously fair and concerned with equality and justice.

“She lived her life as a caring person with deeply held Christian

beliefs, and always practised what she preached.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

13:09
Elections take place on May 7

East Devon’s election chief has apologised after an error was identified in the postal voting papers sent out to some electors.

Read more
09:36

A new 210-place primary school could be opening in Exmouth, offering children a different kind of curriculum.

Read more
09:28

Fire crews have been called to a fire at the Spar store in Budleigh Salterton.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00
A book written by the late Barbara Smale was handed over to local school children at the Exmouth library this week. The youngsters from Exeter Road primary are pictured with their headteacher Paul Gosling, Chris Launder from the library, Barbara's husband Colin, illustrator Jemma Cholawo, publishers Rachel and Drummond Johnstone and Judy Vallance who sponsored the publication. The book will be given out free to local schools. Ref exe 3280-15-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Children from Exeter Road Community Primary School have got their hands on a new book written by an Exmouth author.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00
Clare Teal at the Budleigh Jazz Festival.

The future of Budleigh Jazz Festival could be in doubt after its organiser announced he was stepping down from the role.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00
Pete Lowres

Devon Freewheeler volunteer Pete Lowres, 46, knows every penny that drops into the charity’s collection pots is vital to continue its lifeline work.

Read more
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Father Trevor Smyth with Bishop Richard Hawkins. Fr Trevor says farewell to his parishioners at his final service at All Saint's Church, Exeter Road, as he retires from his post. Ref exe 3343-16-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

An Exmouth vicar has said a fond farewell to his parishioners after more than 14 years.

Read more
Saturday, April 25, 2015
T-Rex

Phear Park and Manor Gardens are being discussed as possible venues for the return of dinosaurs to Exmouth.

Read more
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Devon Freewheelers operates daily ‘hand-to-mouth’, never knowing where its next penny will come from.

Read more
Friday, April 24, 2015

Tesco says it is still planning to come to Budleigh, despite a planning application for its proposed store having been withdrawn.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder