Issued: March 25, 2019
Parish council awards recognise community stalwarts
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Awards recognising the dedication and commitment of local residents to their community have been presented by North Weald Bassett Parish Council.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR:
The Citizen of the Year Award was presented jointly to Mary West, who created and organised last year's Thornwood Open Gardens event which raised £3,700 for St Clare Hospice and is the long-standing treasurer of Thornwood Seniors Association, and Roger Smith, who has been treasurer of North Weald Village Hall Trustees for the past ten years.
He has also been treasurer of North Weald Horticultural Society for 15 years, helping with the annual show.
Mr Smith has also helped light up the tree at the Methodist Church every Christmas since 2004.
Highly Commended certificates were awarded to:
Brian Palfreman - for the work undertaken to create the Community Orchard at the Queens Road allotment site in North Weald
Viv Chipperfield - for the work undertaken to create and maintain the garden borders at Hastingwood Village Hall
Dawn Wood - for volunteering to take over the administration of the Queens Hall Charity
Iris Smith - for her hard work in running Thornwood Seniors Association
Mary Crosby - for publishing a free monthly community newsletter which has been distributed to Thornwood residents since last August
North Weald Chemist staff - who are always "friendly and happy to help anyone who visits the shop" and who have been described as "a fantastic asset to the community"
Thornwood Open Gardens Committee - which held its first event last June raising £3,700 for St Clare Hospice
The Woodside Wombles - a group of volunteers formed last December to litter pick along Woodside. Their efforts have inspired residents of Upland Road to do the same
Upper Clapton Rugby Club - for their donation to the Norway House Christmas Party.
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR:
The Young Citizen of the Year award was presented to Jack Rush, an Explorer with 3rd North Weald Scout Group, who helps at both cub and scout sessions.
His nomination stated that the young people "look up to Jack and he sets a great example for them".
In winter he helps clear snow for his neighbours and in nearby streets and clears brambles and bushes from paths in the fields near the Church Lane flood plain and nature reserve.
Jack has been chosen to attend the World Scout Jamboree in America from thousands of scouts across the country.
He has been described as "a great example for the young people of this village".
The awards were presented by parish council chairman Alan Buckley at the Annual Parish Assembly held at The Parish Hall, Thornwood, on Monday evening.
The Community Award was presented to Dhruve Vasani, of North Weald Chemists, who received several nominations which described him as "a genuinely nice man" and someone whose "reputation as a special person goes far and wide".
Other people nominated him for "his kindness and knowledge (which) helps the residents of North Weald every day", someone who "works tirelessly to ensure that the village has someone to turn to when they are unwell", and a person who "goes above and beyond - an asset to the Parish".
LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION AWARD:
The Lifetime Contribution Award was presented to Doreen Lodge who has co-ordinated the annual Poppy Appeal and organised the distribution and collection of poppy trays and boxes to local businesses for many years. She also arranges the door-to-door and airfield collectors and oversees the banking of the money collected.
The Group Award was awarded to Jacky Kelly, Lynn Austin and Jackie Blayney for their hard work and commitment with the refurbishment of Hastingwood Village Hall. They have successfully applied for grant funding and liaised with contractors.
GROUP COMMUNITY AWARD:
The Group Community Award was presented to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group for their hard work and commitment in working together to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish.
The group comprises five parishioners who are aided by parish council officer Adriana Jones - who undertakes the administration - and three parish councillors.