Local Face: Frank Goodson

The Goodson family has been connected with Wendover for over 200 years. Albert Ernest Goodson had a butcher’s business in Pound Street, served as a Special Constable and a member of the Parish Council. His son, Joe Goodson, was also much involved in activities of the community and was a director of Frank Wood Limited, an old established building company based in Wendover and Halton.

Born in 1928, Joe’s son Frank has lived most of his life in Pound Street, from where he has had the opportunity to observe life at the heart of the village. A keen sportsman, he played rugby for Aylesbury for many years, was Secretary of the Wendover Rifle Club. He played cricket for Wendover, being in turn Secretary and Chairman of the Wendover Rifle Club, during which time he was closely concerned with the building of the pavilion at Witchell. His interests now include Wendover and Chiltern Hills Bowls, Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, of which he is a Trustee.

Frank has always taken a great interest in local life. During the 50’s, when many homes were built in Wendover, he founded the Fortnight Club, to welcome newcomers and help to integrate them into the community. He continues to encourage local activities as a founder member of the Memorial Hall Committee, of which he is Chairman, and has the distinction of being the longest serving founder member of the Wendover Society. His experience in banking was useful while Treasurer of St Mary’s Church for ten years.

Soon after Frank retired, he was elected County Councillor for Wendover and Halton and became County Council representative on the Board of Governors of the John Colet School, adding to his experience as a Governor of Halton Combined School.

He serves on the Planning and Transportation Committee of the County and also the Highways Sub-Committee, fighting for the Wendover Bypass and its associated Footpath 11, as well as many more humble, but very necessary, maintenance projects. He has also been appointed to the Social Services Committee, which gives him the opportunity to have input into the decisions affecting the local Winterton House Home and its development. In addition, Frank serves as a member of the Wendover Community Trust.

Well done Frank Goodson and thank you for all your hard work on our behalf.