During the Annual Dance of the Newtown Residents Association, the Earl of Selborne was presented with an oak bowl by the Chairman of the Association, Tim Kelleher. The wood for the bowl came from a tree on the common, and had been turned by resident Bryan Clarke. The plaque was also inscribed by someone local.
Tim Kelleher thanked Lord Selborne for getting the "Selborne amendment" carried to the Countryside and Rights of Way Act. This protected residents on the common from excessive demands for rights of way from Bakewell Management. When Sir George had moved the same amendment in the House of Commons, the Government used its majority to vote it down. He then contacted Lord Selborne, a friend from University, to move the amendment in the Lords.
"This showed that the House of Lords is better at holding the Government to account than the House of Commons. I am enormously grateful to John Selborne for getting the amendment through."
Tim Kelleher also paid tribute to Lord Selborne for taking up the cause of the residents because he believed in it.
Sir George was also presented with a bowl for which he thanked the residents. "We could not have done what we did without a vigorous and confident residents association behind us, so well led by Tim Kelleher and Doug Ellis."