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Old Terringtonian is made an honorary alderman

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Old Terringtonian Robert Wainwright has been made an honorary alderman in recognition of 24 years’ service on Ryedale District Council (RDC) as district councillor for the Hovingham Ward representing Hovingham, Terrington and Slingsby. He retired earlier this year just before the latest round of council elections in May.

The honour was conferred upon Mr Wainwright on Monday 14 October at an Extraordinary Full Council Meeting in the Council Chamber of Ryedale District Council. He is pictured at the event with his daughter Ms Claire Wainwright and grandsons Max and Zak, having received his scroll and plaque from Chairman of Ryedale District Council Michael Cleary.

During his tenure on the council, Mr Wainwright was Chairman of Ryedale District Council from 2001-2002 and Leader of the Independent Group.

He has also served as Chairman of Direct Services Organisation, Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee and Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Committee. He was also Council Representative on Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, serving as its Chairman twice, with each term lasting three years.

In his capacity as a district councillor, he was involved in the consultation process which granted approval for Terrington Hall School’s plans to build the new astroturf facility which was completed in summer 2017.

Mr Wainwright arrived at Terrington Hall as a full time boarder aged 7 in 1951, and was to move on to The Leys School, Cambridge. His grandsons (Max and Zak Wainwright) and three great nephews (William, James and George Wainwright) were all to follow in his footsteps and attend the school. Meanwhile, his daughter Ms Wainwright is well known to us all as our Head of Boarding having joined the school in 2005 as secretary to the then headmaster Jon Glen.

Living all his life in Hovingham where his family was second generation farmers in the village, Mr Wainwright has several memories of his time at Terrington. As a member of the choir he would sing at local Harvest Festival Services, a tradition which would extend for a further 60 years. He recalls having to write home weekly, even though his home was just in Hovingham, and that he was looked after in his first term by John Machin and he in turn looked after Andrew Willis.

In living memory, he was a staunch supporter of his grandsons Max and Zak, and was frequently seen attending matches and sports day events, camera in hand and always wearing his leaver’s tie. Ever-loyal to his prep school, he even retains his Terrington cap.

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