Tribute paid to committed Uplyme councillor

UPLYME parish councillor Neil Pullinger has died at the age of 70 after a short illness.

Mr Pullinger moved to Uplyme in 1990 with his wife Heather and threw himself into community life.

He served as governor and trustee for Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School and governor for The Woodroffe School, treasurer at the village pre-school and church, and on the committees for the village hall, King George V Playing Field and Uplyme Community Fund.

Mr Pullinger served on Uplyme Parish Council from 2015 until his death, and was instrumental in securing the necessary funding for Devon Air Ambulance to use the King George V field as a night landing site.

He was also well known to residents as he worked part time in the village shop at the filling station.

Paying tribute to Mr Pullinger, the parish council released the following statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected death of Cllr Neil Pullinger after a short illness.

“Neil was a considered and highly knowledgeable councillor in the seven years he was a member of the parish council, especially in matters of finance.

“As a volunteer, trustee and councillor he was fully immersed in and committed to village life in Uplyme, and the many of you who knew and worked alongside him will acknowledge how great the loss to the village is in his passing.”

Mr Pullinger is survived by his wife Heather and children Hannah and Jamie.

A thanksgiving service will be held at St Peter & St Paul’s Church in Uplyme on Friday, June 17 at 12noon.

Donations, if desired, can be made to Weldmar Hospicecare, sent via A.J. Wakely & Sons, 7a Silver Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3HR or online at www.ajwakely.com

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