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In Memory - Martin Blunkell MBE (1942 - 2022)

 Martin Blunkell MBE sadly passed away on Sunday 26th June 2022.

 

Martin was the very active and welcoming Chairman of The Marlow Society for many years and so much more.

 

A true gentleman and a good friend to Marlow and so many people. Selflessly working hard, with high integrity and ability, in the interests of Marlow and in helping others.

 

The President, Sir Keith Stuart, writes:


When Ron Waters retired as Chairman of the Society in 2012, Martin Blunkell was the natural choice to take on this gruelling role. He had already served as a highly effective Secretary over several years. In the event, he proved more than a match for the many challenges which he and his executive team were to face over the ensuing ten years.


Many people will share Martin's love of Marlow, but few could match his outstanding commitment and hard work in the interests of the town. He had an exceptional capacity to digest, analyse, and unravel the huge volume of planning documents to which the Society is required to respond, often
within a very limited time frame. He would then, when necessary, challenge the planning authorities and developers by appearing in person at committee meetings or enquiries, and putting the Society's case eloquently and forcefully, often with positive results.


Martin also recognised the need to create the best possible rapport with our elected representatives at all levels, and with other important community groups, and in this way he greatly enhanced the standing and influence of the Society. I saw at first hand, for example, Martin's good work in briefing our Member of Parliament when we went to see her before our 2022 AGM, to discuss the film studio project and problems with Marlow bridge.


Martin was a true "allrounder" with many interests absorbing his extraordinary energy and enthusiasm, not least his much loved family. This makes it all the more remarkable that he found so much time to serve the Marlow Society with such distinction and success over ten years as Chairman. We know how fortunate we have been.


Although Martin is no longer with us, his many achievements as our Chairman will resonate long into the future.

 

 

 

To contact The Marlow Society:

Email: tmssecretary@ marlowsociety.org.uk

Post: The Marlow Society, 22 Rookery Court, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 3HR.

 

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Email: tmslocalhistorygroup @marlowsociety.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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