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The death has sadly been announced of Bill Bellerby MBE, a great servant of both Guildford and the Labour Party, who celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this year.

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Although born in South Wales, Bill, and his wife Doreen, became the great symbols of public service in Guildford.  Known as Mr and Mrs Guildford, the couple worked unceasingly for the Labour Party once they moved to the area in 1946.

Bill was a Borough Councillor for 43 years, served two terms as a County Councillor, twice stood for parliament and was Mayor from 1972/1974.

During his time on the council Bill served on almost every Council Committee, but took a particularly keen and active interest in the arts, activities for young people and disabled groups.

Away from his political work, Bill was an inspirational teacher and after working in several schools around Guildford became Head of Knollmead Primary School in Tolworth for 19 years before retiring in 1979.

Bill has been at the heart of Guildford Labour Party over many decades. Alongside his enormous work for the local community he has often acted as a great role model to those who knew him well. One of these is Emily Thornberry, currently Shadow Foreign Secretary, who knew him well during her childhood. At his recent 100th Birthday celebration Emily joined the local party in a celebration, expressing her gratitude for the support Bill had provided for her family when growing up in Guildford.

Together with his wife Doreen, he was awarded the MBE in 1991 in recognition of his services to the community and in the same year they were both awarded Honorary Degrees by the University of Surrey.

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Thank you, Bill

The death has sadly been announced of Bill Bellerby MBE, a great servant of both Guildford and the Labour Party, who celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this year.

Guildford Labour Party’s July All Member Meeting (AMM)  is a discussion on the subject of Electoral Reform.  We are delighted to welcome Dr Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, joining us to present the arguments for moving towards some form of Proportional Representation.

When: Wednesday 26 July – 7.30 for 7.45
Where: Guildford Institute, Ward St, Guildford GU1 4LH

We look forward to seeing you there.

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The first Saturday of July each year is celebrated by the UN as International Cooperatives day and each year a specific theme to celebrate is chosen. This year the theme is INCLUSION.

Inclusion captures the people-focused nature of co-operatives, which provide a space where all people, regardless of race, gender, culture, social background or economic circumstance, can meet their needs and build better communities.

Indeed 2012 was designated by the UN as the International Year of Cooperatives because, as their theme stated "Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World".

Co-operatives are a key tool for development everywhere because they provide employment locally and keep the surpluses for the local good; they are all democracies and the co-op value of equality means that women as well as men get to have a say in things that affect their lives.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated in 2012, “Through their distinctive focus on values, cooperatives have proven themselves a resilient and viable business model that can prosper even during difficult times. This success has helped prevent many families and communities from sliding into poverty."

UN International Day of Cooperatives

The first Saturday of July each year is celebrated by the UN as International Cooperatives day and each year a specific theme to celebrate is chosen. This year the theme...

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