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Issued: April 16, 2016

Epping Town Mayor Michael Wright presents the Townsperson of the Year award to Canon Rev's Geoffrey Connor CLICK HERE

Denys Favre receives his Freeman of the Town award from Epping Town MAyor Michael Wright CLICK HERE

Epping Town Mayor Michael Wright with Freeman of the Town Denys Favre and Townsperson of the Year Canon Rev'd Geoffrey Connor CLICK HERE

Epping Town Mayor Michael Wright presents a long service award to Bill Towers CLICK HERE

Further pictures (courtesy of Everything Epping Forest) are available for media use on request. All the pictures can be viewed HERE

Long-time Epping resident and former mayor receives
Freeman of the Town award

A former Epping mayor who dedicated decades of his time preserving the town’s heritage has been presented with Epping Town Council’s Freeman of the Town award.

Mr Favre, 98, who recently moved to Leeds had lived in Epping since the 1960s.

His efforts safeguarded Hill Hall, Theydon Mount, from development before he turned his attention to Copped Hall.

With architect Alan Cox, Mr Favre established the Copped Hall Trust and after a nine-year campaign saw the grounds purchased by the Trust.

A founder member of the Epping Society, he campaigned against the M25 cutting through part of Epping Forest and his concerns about the Green Belt still hold true today.

He joined Epping Town Council in 1976 and was Town Mayor in 1980.

Mr Favre and his late wife, Nancy, gave great support to the local British Red Cross branch.

Town Mayor Michael Wright said: “Now that he has moved to Leeds to be near his daughter, their gain is our loss and I am certain we all wish him well.

“I am delighted to honour Denys Favre as a Freeman of Epping and for him to join a very select group who have been honoured in this way.”

Mr Favre said: “I’m delighted to be recognised by the people of Epping after 52 years living in the town. It’s marvellous to have the award and I must thank the Town Mayor and his council for remembering me after all this time.”

Retiring Canon Rev Geoffrey Connor receives
Townsperson of the Year award

Canon Rev’d Geoffrey Connor has received Epping Town Council’s Townsperson of the Year award.

Rev’d Connor, who retires later this year, first came to St John’s Church in July 2000.

Town Mayor Michael Wright said: “Geoffrey has helped to create a community spirit and a focal point for the people of Epping.

“He has helped to make the Church not just a place of worship but a place for brass band concerts, Christmas tree festivals, art exhibitions, horticultural shows and much more.

“He is one of the driving forces behind the Heart of Epping project to create a community hall for Epping to enjoy.

“He gave permission for the Light Curtain round the church at Christmas which could be seen for miles.

“When he retires this year from his very demanding job, he will be missed by so many people.

“Geoffrey’s warmth and enthusiasm is reflected in his sermons, services and everything he does in the community.

“Canon Geoffrey Connor epitomises the type of person that was envisaged by this award.”

Rev’d Connor said: “It’s a great privilege to have been awarded Townsperson of the Year by such a wonderful group of people representing an amazing community.”

Special award to Bill Towers
A special award was made to Bill Towers to mark his 30 years working for Epping Town Council. 
Bill is Epping’s Town Supervisor (or Recreation & Amenities Manager) and has worked with seven Town Clerks and 29 different Town Mayors.
Until last year, he also ran the weekly Monday market.
Town Mayor Michael Wright, who presented Mr Towers with a certificate and a framed montage of pictures of colleagues he has worked with over the years, said: “There is nothing Bill cannot turn his hand to. He knows pretty much everyone in the town and they know him.

"There are 13 members of staff at Epping Town Council and every one of them turns to Bill for advice."

He went on to thank Bill for everything he does and continues to do for Epping.
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