Honorary Citizens of Pool

Pool Parish Council has recognised the contributions made to village life through the annual award of Honorary Citizen.  The award is announced at the Annual Civic Service usually in October each year at St Wilfrid's Church, Church Lane , Pool-in-Wharfedale.  The award is made Bi-Annually so please check with the council before considering any nomination. 

 Nomination Form

Please either save this form to your computer and email the completed document to poolparishcouncil@gmail.com or print, complete and return to

Cllr Hazel Lee, Chairman of Pool Parish Council 6 Park Terrace, Old Pool Bank, Pool-in-Wharfedale, LS21 3BU. 

                                                                           2017 Martin Lee  

The 2017 Honorary Citizen of Pool-in-Wharfedale is Martin Lee. His nomination read, Martin is an excellent neighbour, full of kindness to others, giving gifts, helping with jobs and gardens, providing cakes and food for his elderly neighbours and all with a happy temperament. He is everything, fulfilling the role and although suffering from ill health nothing too much trouble. A worthy candidate for this honour. 

He is a very kind and considerate neighbour offering lifts, baking and eggs to cheer people up. Martin deserves some recognition for all he does to help his neighbours and friends. He's always willing to lend a hand whenever it's needed, or to make an apple pie to cheer someone up. He's a gem.

Martin has lived in Park Terrace for many years, he has been a friend to all and very helpful and caring about people in need or needing help. A warm friendly person  who thinks of other's before himself.  


                                                                           2015 Jim Smith

The 2015 Honorary Citizen of Pool-in-Wharfedale is the local milkman Jim Smith. The parish council received several nominations for Jim mentioning his fondness towards his customers, going the extra mile, never missing a delivery no matter what the weather conditions, delivering by sledge in snowy weather.

He is generous in his donations to local charities. The glowing remarks made by the people who nominated him were a delight to read. Jim was highly delighted and humbled to receive this honour when he accepted the trophy at the Parish Council Civic Service he was supported by his family.   

 2014 Peter Wilkinson

Peter Wilkinson is well known throughout the community for  his service to Pool Amatuer Football Club.  He has worked tirelessly promoting and supporting its success in all age groups.  He has also put endless effort into village life through his support of Pool Village Memorial Hall and Pool Sports and Social Club.   He paid tribute to the work his father had done in the village and  to the Bev, his wife, in accepting the award.  In the many nominations received his positive attitude and pleasant way with people was a theme that was repeated.  


2013 Pat Walker

Sunday 13th October will be long remembered by Pat Walker as the date of her investiture as Honorary Citizen of Pool in Wharfedale at the Annual Civic Service in St Wilfrid's Parish Church. Following the service Pat was joined by her many village friends at an informal celebration in the Methodist Church Hall. A popular and worthy choice for this award she is recognised for her quiet commitment to all aspects of our Village life. As soon as Pat stepped down from her role as Parish Councillor at the beginning of 2013 she became eligible for nomination as Honorary Citizen. All those who know Pat well have not been surprised by her speedy elevation to this new status in our Village.


2012 Lorrie Clemie

On Sunday 14th October Mrs Lorrie Clemie was made an Honorary Citizen of Pool at the Pool in Wharfedale Annual Civic Service, held in Pool Methodist Church. Lorrie is a well-known figure in the community having given decades of service to many groups in Pool in a voluntary capacity. She has been a leading light in Pool Tennis Club, running classes for young people and for many years organised the annual entertainment for the Elderly in the village hall. She has also been a force behind Pool's entry in the Best Kept Village competition. On top of this Lorrie served on Pool Parish Council for more than 20 years but it is only since she stepped down from being a councillor that she became eligible for the award. Cllr Mrs Hazel Lee, Chairman of the Parish Council, was delighted to present Lorrie with her well-deserved award.  

2011 Margaret Plasting

Margaret Plasting has worked as a volunteer in the community of Pool with Otley Action for Older People for many years. Margaret is always on duty at the Wednesday lunch club held in the Methodist Hall each week and special mention was made by regular attendees of her caring and kind personality.  Margaret was presented with the plaque by the Lord Mayor of Leeds,The Reverend Councillor Alan Taylor.

2010 Harry Wardman

Harry Wardman has worked hard to keep the river banks and Old Mill Site in order, building duckhouses and stocking the mill pond. He also cares for neighbours' gardens and is an unassuming member of the community.

2009 Pat Lazenby

Pat Lazenby has raised interest in the history of the parish, writing books and producing walking booklets. She was the instigator of the Conservation Area and the proud custodian of the Parish Archives.

2008 Roger Bareham

Roger Bareham, lay preacher and stalwart of the Methodist Church, is praised as a good friend and neighbour to many.

2007 Connie Cartwright

Connie Cartwright received many nominations for her role with the WI and the Village Hall supporting many in the village.

2006 Kendal Newby

Kendal Newby, our first honorary citizen and a former lengthsman gave many years of service to the Parish. Kendal sadly died in July 2010.