John's been a great Friend

PUBLISHED: 12:20 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

Derek, left, presents John with his retirement gift

Derek, left, presents John with his retirement gift

THE founding chairman of a group that supports the borough s museums has stood down from the post, writes Naiomi Madden. And tributes to the hard work of John Deans were led by his successor at the Friends of Welwyn Hatfield Museums, Derek Fitzhugh. Prese

THE founding chairman of a group that supports the borough's museums has stood down from the post, writes Naiomi Madden.

And tributes to the hard work of John Deans were led by his successor at the Friends of Welwyn Hatfield Museums, Derek Fitzhugh.

Presenting the outgoing chairman with an inscribed glass bowl, Mr Fitzhugh said: "We now have over 150 members and that is an indication of how hard and effectively John has worked.

"He has been a great strength to us and has led us magnificently since the inception of the Friends four years ago."

President Dr Dennis Lewis referred to the way in which Mr Deans had built a strong team which had resulted in an energetic and lively organisation and enjoyed an excellent relationship with the professionals of the museums at Mill Green and Welwyn.

Dr Lewis also welcomed Mr Fitzhugh, describing him as a senior figure in Rotary International, who had made a "significant contribution" to the community for many years.

The independent Friends group, of which WHT editor Terry Mitchinson is a committee member, organises talks and visits to places of historical interest and has a keen interest in the broader local heritage.

It maintains friendly links with other local history, archaeological, family history and heritage societies.

You can find out more about the Friends by contacting Mill Green Museum on 01707 271362.

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