It is with huge sadness that we have to report the unexpected passing away of Cllr James Box during the night of Monday 29th June.

James joined the Town Council in May 2019, a Labour Councillor representing Wescott West. He was part of a new cohort of Councillors, many of whom were both younger and new to public life.

From the outset James was very committed to his responsibilities as a Councillor, he was keen to learn about what the Council does and how he could help shape new ideas together with preserving the traditions and heritage which are at the roots of Wokingham Town Council.

James served on the Amenities and Civic Committees together with the Strategy Working Party and he represented the Council at Wokingham Theatre. In all of these aspects of his role he offered very considered input and was generous with his time in terms of supporting events such as Heritage Day. He was keen to see that our parks and open spaces offered positive experiences for all our residents and he made helpful comments for improvement as the Council took over responsibility for Elms Field.

He enjoyed our Heritage, proudly wore his Councillor’s robes, was a generous host at Civic Awards and felt strongly that the Council should continue to play a key part in Remembrance.

James was both respected and well-liked by his Councillor colleagues and the officers of the Council and we all offer our condolences to his wife Lynne, their two daughters and family. A tragic loss to our Wokingham community.

As a mark of respect a minute’s silence was held at the Amenities Committee meeting on 30th June and the House Flag will be flown at half-mast on Wednesday 1st July

Mayor Cllr Tony Lack said:

‘In the short time he was a Councillor James showed how much he cared for our community and wanted to make a difference through his role as a Councillor. He was enthusiastic and keen to work with all his colleagues and we will miss his contribution. A life cut too short and our thoughts and condolences go to all his family.’ 

Abby Tebboth, Labour Group Leader WTC said:

‘James was a dedicated friend and colleague, whose energy and enthusiasm to serve his residents was evident to all who knew him. His commitment and passion was truly remarkable, and we will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.’