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Tributes to community stalwart
A COMMUNITY champion who was awarded an MBE for his services to Porton has died aged 80.
Charles Pude and his wife Adrienne moved to Porton with their three children Kevin, Karen and David in 1965 and he became a well-known face in the village as a parish councillor, organiser of the Porton table tennis club and a community stalwart.
Mr Pude was born in Poplar, East London and lived in Kent as a child. He was called up for National Service at 18 and met his wife while in the RAF stationed in Colerne.
He was a shoe shop manager, and in 1965 was offered a job with the Lotus chain of shoe shops in Salisbury, where he worked for many years, also managing David Scotts in Salisbury.
He spent his last working years in the stores at Porton Camp.
And he was a parish councillor for more than 30 years.
His friend and neighbour Jim Slater said: “He became fully involved with everything in the village and was one of the old-style councillors who was quite prepared to roll up his sleeves and do the many practical tasks that needed doing around the village.
“For decades he opened and closed the playing field gates every morning and evening, without any thought of financial reward. Watching him at parish council meetings was a lesson in diplomacy.
He was only interested in the greater good of the community.”
Mr Pude set up and ran the table tennis club for many years, he was involved with the Amesbury Road Safety Group for 30 years and was a key player in a project to bring a doctor’s surgery to the village.
He was involved in setting up Porton Playing Field and a facility at East Gomeldon and was involved in a wide range of community projects.
He served as a governor at three local schools and worked on numerous committees, including the Memorial Hall committee, as well as setting up the first Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the parish.
He was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to the parish, which all his friends and neighbours were delighted with.
He died at Salisbury District Hospital on August 25 after a short illness.
His family said: “He was a devoted husband and much-loved father and grandfather who leaves behind many happy memories.”
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