Tributes to Chichester Harbour Conservancy member

A FOUNDING member of a leading Chichester environmental organisation has died.

Elizabeth Mary Clarke helped establish the Chichester Harbour Conservancy and also served as its chairman for a time.

She gave much time to the community as a councillor, first starting her involvement in 1970 when she won the Birdham seat on Chichester Rural Council. In 1970 she was adopted as thr Conservative candidate for the Witterings division of West Sussex County Council.

Her main interests at the council were education – especially vocational education for the 16-19 age group. At one point she was chairman of the board of governors at Chichester College. She was also very interested in the environment, and served on the coast and countryside committee, land drainage and sea fishery authorities.

Environment and vocational education combined when she was vice-chairman of the board of governors at Brinsbury College, Pulborough.

Elizabeth was born at her grandparents’ house just outside Lancaster but was brought up in London, although she loved the countryside.

At the end of the war she had the opportunity to move to the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE) where she met Kenneth Burton Clarke who was first naval liaison officer.

They married and she spent 15 years accompanying him on various appointments and in 1963 they settled in Birdham.

She retired from the county council in 1989 and then concentrated on boating and gardening.