It is with great regret I am letting you know that Keith passed away on Wednesday, 26 August, after battling with cancer for some months. Keith was a stalwart member of this community of Adderbury. He was 74. He served as Adderbury’s Councillor on Oxfordshire County Council for 24 years and was Leader of the Oxfordshire Council from 2001 to 2012. He had two separate spells on Adderbury Parish Council, first from 1988 to 2008 and again from January 2017 until his death, when he also served as Vice Chairman. He was appointed a CBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2007 for his services to Local Government.
Elsewhere in Adderbury Keith was involved in other community organisations including Friends of the Community of Adderbury Library (FOCAL) and the Working for Adderbury Community (WFAC) to support the Milton Road project.
Keith will be very much missed on the Parish Council where his efforts have been invaluable. The Council’s thoughts and condolences are with his widow, Lynda, at this sad time.
Diane Bratt

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  • Ann Lyons

    During my eighteen years as a Parish Councillor I have had the privilege of working alongside Keith. He was always very helpful to new Councillors, especially those with no previous experience of how Local Government works. His one rule was that meetings should not last longer than an hour!
    I will miss his dry sense of humour at Council meetings.
    He had a keen interest in all things relating to Adderbury and a willingness to share his knowledge and experience.
    Keith took his duties as a Parish Councillor very seriously and would regularly be seen walking around the village with his dog, during these walks he would be checking litter, parking, building works, faulty street lighting etc
    The less glamorous side of being a Parish Councillor.
    Many years ago when budget cuts threatened the existence of Adderbury library he organised, together with John Harper, a public meeting at Christopher Rawlins school to explore ways of saving the library.
    Out of this meeting, which was standing room only, emerged FOCAL. Keith retained close links with FOCAL from its inception, as a result of which we still have our library.
    He was also closely involved in planning the Community Centre on Milton Road and it is sad to think that he will not be here to see it open.
    He was close friends with Bill Heine and I like to think that the two of them are enjoying a catch up and telling each other how things should be done!

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