Local artist Mary Casserley has been named as the new chairman of the Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society.
Mary takes on the role after the long-standing Jenny Sherwood - who has been chairman for the last 16 years - decided to step down from the position.
Jenny said: “I’ve decided now to concentrate more on historic research, but I shall still be on the committee as the archivist.”
It’s an exciting time for the society as they continue their bid for lottery funding for a new museum in the town, which was exclusively revealed by the Gazette last month.
And for Mary Casserley, it’s a new role she’s looking forward to carrying out.
Mary, who was born in the town and has lived there all her life, said: “I am honoured to be just the fourth chairman of this society in its long history, since being started in the 1950s.
“We are making progress with the local history hub, and we are always on the lookout for new members.”
Mary embarked on her career as an artist after winning a drawing competition in the Gazette when she was a child - and still treasures her picture of The Wombles that won her the prize.
She has gone on to write books about the town, with her last one ‘Postcards from Berkhamsted’ being published in 2012.
Find out more about the history society, and how to join, by visiting www.berkhamsted-history.org.uk