A FORMER solicitor and Rotary Club member from Whitchurch has been honoured for more than half a century’s service to the town.

Bill Grosset, now in his 80s, joined Whitchurch Rotary in 1969, shortly after partnering Norman Rushton at his Green End law practice.

He went on to become president in 1982 and served as secretary for eight years,

Bill was actively involved in youth exchange programmes and arranged local hosts for young overseas students.

He organised crewing and annual canal trips for disabled children in the area as well.

Current president of the Rotary Club, Peggy Mullock, says Bill is a club legend.

“Bill is one of the legendary names in our history and he’s been a member for most of the club’s life,” said Peggy.

“We are proud to pay tribute to his commitment and service to our community.”

Bill was born in Gravesend in Kent, educated at Malvern and in Hertfordshire, and studied law and graduated from Kings College, London.

He began his law career in London after military service as a commissioned officer with the Royal Artillery spending four years in the Royal Air Force, serving in Hong Kong and London.

Bill moved to Whitchurch in 1967, working in the town for more than 30 years before retiring in 1998.