TWO new Honorary Bailies of Conwy have been appointed.

The honour recognises outstanding voluntary service to the community, and Edward 1’s 1284 Charter for Conwy allows the creation of two Bailies (an alternative word for Bailiff).

In 2015, Conwy town council began awarding the title of Honorary Bailie to two members of the community to recognise their outstanding voluntary service.

Mrs Margaret Norwood and Mr Peter McFadden have been awarded the honour by the Mayor of Conwy and Constable of the Castle, Councillor Goronwy Edwards. They both received a framed copy of the Charter and a Crystal Paperweight.

Margaret moved to Deganwy in 1963 and was a teacher at Ysgol John Bright for 25 years. Once retired she joined Ramblers, the civic hall amateur players society and also became a professional gardener. For several Christmas Eve events, Margaret has helped Conwy town council as a volunteer steward.

For the past seven years Margaret has been Secretary of the civic hall amateur players society. She has loved organising the everyday running of the society and has undertaken her duties of all sorts. Thus year is the society’s 40th Anniversary and much of that success and growth is due to the work of Margaret and her famous ability to work harmoniously with other people.

Peter moved to Conwy in 1973 and worked at Hotpoint as an engineer. In 1978 Peter became Treasurer of Rowen Memorial Hall and it is then that Peter started his love affair with bees and became a bee keeper. In 1990 Peter became secretary of the bee keepers, a position that he still holds, and he started organising the Conwy Honey Fair.

Peter helped organised the first Rowen Village gardens open day in 1993 and organised the next 12 events. Not happy to just sit around in 2003 Peter floated the idea of the Conwy Food Festival and now the Festival became a key event in the Conwy calendar. Peter’s quiet, but unflinching dedication to the environment and the community is a true testament to his character.