Vic Hall
Vic Hall

A former district and parish councillor who was committed to helping the community has died in King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, at the age of 75.

Mr Vic Hall, of Queen Street, Balderton, was brought up in Ruskington and worked in the Sleaford office of Pattersons, a building company, when he left school.

He transferred to its Newark office in the early 1960s and worked there until he got a job at Ransome and Marles in the town.

He was production controller when he took early retirement for health reasons at the age of 59.

Mr Hall had rheumatic fever as a child and as a result had open heart surgery in 1982.

Long walks helped his recovery and led to his interest in campaigning for rights of way and footpaths to be maintained and open to the public.

As a result he attended meetings of Balderton Parish Council as an observer but realised he wanted to help get things done and so went on to become a member for about 15 years.

He was also a member of Newark and Sherwood District Council for about ten years.

'Very community orientated'

Mr Hall was a member of the Labour Party. His wife, Mrs Pauline Hall, said he was always interested in helping to support people who were struggling.

“He was man of great principle,” she said. “He was very community orientated.”

He was a volunteer with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and also trained as a youth worker at Sconce Hills Youth Club where he shared his love of walking in Derbyshire with the teenagers.

He loved cycling and was a member of Newark Castle Cycling Club.

Mr Hall completed the Great Notts Bike Ride three times and took part in the London to Brighton bike ride to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

He served as a governor for the Grove School, Balderton, for about five years and was a governor at Chuter Ede primary, Balderton, for 15 years.

Mr Hall campaigned to retain services at Newark Hospital and was a regular contributor to the Advertiser’s News Views pages.

A funeral service will be held at St Giles’ Church, Balderton, at 1pm on Wednesday.

His family said mourners were welcome to wear colours rather than black.

Donations in lieu of flowers will go to the British Heart Foundation and Newark Hospi-tal League of Friends.

Mr Hall leaves his wife, daughter Mrs Heather Morrell, son-in-law Mr Michael Morrell and granddaughter Jessica, 4.