I will always fight for town

Alf Papworth

Alf Papworth

First published in Local News by

MOST of us try to do one good deed a day, but one community stalwart has been doing that, and more, for the past 20 years.

Alf Papworth truly is a veteran of Hadleigh, serving the community for decades and racking up a string of successes.

Now aged 80, he shows no sign of slowing down and says “I will keep fighting until there is no more fight left in me”.

Alf, of Ashdown Crescent, is still battling to get some traffic lights re-installed along St Michael’s Road, in Hadleigh, after a bus knocked them down more than ten years ago.

He has also successfully campaigned to have road calming measures installed outside Hadleigh Junior School, and is currently fighting to stop the development of a pub in John H Burrows Park.

He has gathered more than 1,000 signatures in opposition to the plans.

He said: “I remember one time the council hadn’t cut the grass in Ashdown Crescent and Sherwood Crescent and it came up to my waist. I wasn’t about to let that lie and the very next morning the council were cutting the grass – and it was only 7am.”

He added: “I started the Solby Estate Residents’ Association in 1999 and have been given a great deal of support since then. Our members are very dedicated and we won’t rest until we have justice for the people of Hadleigh.

“It took a while to get a crossing installed outside Hadleigh Junior School, but when I flagged it up in 2005, I didn’t let it lie and, in time, they put a lollipop lady there.

“She said the cars were still travelling too fast so we went back again. I love children and if I can help keep them safe, I am doing my part.”

Despite his community work, he has a number of medical conditions, including polymyalgia rheumatica, osteoperosis, spinal stenosis and cervical spondylosis.

He suffered life-changing injuries in 1988 when, working as an electrician, he slipped off a bandstand and trapped his leg, breaking two bones. He has walked on crutches ever since. In 2007, he had a heart attack and had three stents inserted.

Many would think Alf would have slowed down after that, but he said he will never stop, not while there are people to help.

He said: “I know I annoymy wife at times, but I can’t help it. My own grand-daughter calls me sicknote. I think all I have been through means I am more determined than ever to help people. It is what keeps me going.”

Alf has featured regularly in the Echo for his achievements and work in the community and says he keeps every cutting safe for the future.

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7:24pm Fri 28 Mar 14

maddriver says...

Where were there any traffic lights in St Michael's Road?
Where were there any traffic lights in St Michael's Road? maddriver
  • Score: -2

11:00pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Kim. Gandy says...

F,ing old pratt.
F,ing old pratt. Kim. Gandy
  • Score: -6

11:04pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

What a loser!
John burrows is a joke, no facility's, pothole ridden car park, a building no one what's to use
I for one wants to see a park everyone wants to use and spend time in with modern facility's and a mix of users
And to echo above "lights" ?
What a loser! John burrows is a joke, no facility's, pothole ridden car park, a building no one what's to use I for one wants to see a park everyone wants to use and spend time in with modern facility's and a mix of users And to echo above "lights" ? Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 3

11:05pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Kim. Gandy wrote:
F,ing old pratt.
I second that!
[quote][p][bold]Kim. Gandy[/bold] wrote: F,ing old pratt.[/p][/quote]I second that! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 2

12:45am Sat 29 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Kim. Gandy wrote:
F,ing old pratt.
Once again, a fake posting from some nutter.

Please disregard.

This is me. Some sorry female who has tried to steal my identity before on the internet because somebody she fancied refused to stop associating with me.

Eh Chu(i)cky?
[quote][p][bold]Kim. Gandy[/bold] wrote: F,ing old pratt.[/p][/quote]Once again, a fake posting from some nutter. Please disregard. This is me. Some sorry female who has tried to steal my identity before on the internet because somebody she fancied refused to stop associating with me. Eh Chu(i)cky? Kim Gandy
  • Score: -4

12:45am Sat 29 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Kim. Gandy wrote:
F,ing old pratt.
Once again, a fake posting from some nutter.

Please disregard.

This is me. Some sorry female who has tried to steal my identity before on the internet because somebody she fancied refused to stop associating with me.

Eh Chu(i)cky?
[quote][p][bold]Kim. Gandy[/bold] wrote: F,ing old pratt.[/p][/quote]Once again, a fake posting from some nutter. Please disregard. This is me. Some sorry female who has tried to steal my identity before on the internet because somebody she fancied refused to stop associating with me. Eh Chu(i)cky? Kim Gandy
  • Score: -3

12:48am Sat 29 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Kim. Gandy wrote:
F,ing old pratt.
I second that!
you are not seconding me.

I did not make that comment. It's our old mate Chucky again. This is not my style as people here well know.

She's a bit deranged. Obviously matron did not call around today with her meds. Or the botox has migrated to her brain.

;D

Or maybe it's her mate Cllr Cockroach (Lab)
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim. Gandy[/bold] wrote: F,ing old pratt.[/p][/quote]I second that![/p][/quote]you are not seconding me. I did not make that comment. It's our old mate Chucky again. This is not my style as people here well know. She's a bit deranged. Obviously matron did not call around today with her meds. Or the botox has migrated to her brain. ;D Or maybe it's her mate Cllr Cockroach (Lab) Kim Gandy
  • Score: -4

7:50am Sat 29 Mar 14

Kim, Gandy says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Kim. Gandy wrote:
F,ing old pratt.
I second that!
you are not seconding me.

I did not make that comment. It's our old mate Chucky again. This is not my style as people here well know.

She's a bit deranged. Obviously matron did not call around today with her meds. Or the botox has migrated to her brain.

;D

Or maybe it's her mate Cllr Cockroach (Lab)
Before judging learn the basic facts.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim. Gandy[/bold] wrote: F,ing old pratt.[/p][/quote]I second that![/p][/quote]you are not seconding me. I did not make that comment. It's our old mate Chucky again. This is not my style as people here well know. She's a bit deranged. Obviously matron did not call around today with her meds. Or the botox has migrated to her brain. ;D Or maybe it's her mate Cllr Cockroach (Lab)[/p][/quote]Before judging learn the basic facts. Kim, Gandy
  • Score: 1

10:01am Sat 29 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Best of luck, I'd like to many more 80 year olds doing this sort of things, well done...
Best of luck, I'd like to many more 80 year olds doing this sort of things, well done... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

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