Release Date: 14 September 2012
An evergreen oak tree will be planted and a commemorative plaque installed at Stratford Park, Stroud to recognise the work of former Stroud District Councillor Sheffie Mohammed, who passed away last year.
Mr Mohammed, who represented Farmhill and Paganhill as an independent councillor, was first elected in 1973 and on his retirement in 2007 was the longest serving councillor on the district council.
He worked closely with the local community and stated that: "...people are my first priority and safeguarding the well-being of families, including the aged, disabled and physically handicapped, makes my work very rewarding. My doors are always open to people no matter where they reside and the fact that they often seek me out, I regard as a great compliment.'
Councillor John Hudson, chairman of Stroud District Council, said:
'Sheffie was also involved in projects which are still evident today such as the restoration of the bandstand and orangery in Stratford Park and the anti-slavery arch near Archway School. As a hands-on and caring councillor, he had the respect of his fellow councillors and his community. It was fitting to see him awarded an MBE in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours List.'
He was born and educated in Port of Spain, Trinidad and served in the Royal Air Force. He was also a fully qualified jeweller and watchmaker and holder of the craft members diploma of the British Horological Institute.
During his time as a councillor Sheffie Mohammed was a member of numerous committees and panels and held office as vice-chair of Stroud District Council on four occasions.
The ceremony to plant the oak tree takes place on Friday 21st September at 2.30pm close to the bandstand in Stratford Park.