Issued: September 14, 2017
North Weald Bassett Parish Council chairman councillor
Cyril Hawkins - Obituary
Cyril Hawkins sadly passed away after a short illness on Thursday, September 7, in hospital in London.
Cyril became a councillor in May 1998. Before this he was a member of the Thornwood Village Hall and Playing Field Committee, being elected on April 23, 1991. It is now known as the Parish Hall at Thornwood Management Committee.
Cyril became Chairman of the Council in May 2006 and loved the Parish of North Weald Bassett. He had a particular affection and fondness for Thornwood Common where he was the ward councillor.
He took on many roles during his time with the council, including overseeing and visiting the allotments at Hastingwood, North Weald and Thornwood and ensuring that the Parish Hall at Thornwood was managed and maintained by always being there to let contractors in.
If anyone had a question regarding a historical concern he often knew the answer, being a lifetime resident of the area.
The airfield was close to his heart, as was Weald Common and Thornwood Common Nature Area, and he was the first to offer his services to raise funds for the Norway House Childrens Christmas Party.
Cyril loved his garden and due to this he was instrumental in starting a bulb planting scheme around the Parish. Most of the daffodils that can be seen on the greens were his idea.
Cyril, with his wife, Shirley - and a stalwart band of volunteers - started Thornwood Village Day which over the years raised over £40,000 for St Clare Hospice.
Many people who visited the library on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays would have seen Cyril sitting at the table in front of the Parish Council Office, cup of coffee in hand, ready to listen to any resident who came in with a concern or who simply wanted a chat.
We will all have our own memories of this unassuming gentleman who was here for the community, but more than anything else as the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council has stated he will always be known as 'Mr Thornwood'.
Cyril Hawkins, Chairman of North Weald Bassett Parish Council you will be sadly and greatly missed.