Community volunteers in Crowthorne rewarded for their hard workBy Becky Barnes
November 30, 2012
Community volunteers who give up their time for Crowthorne and Wokingham Without parishes were recognised for their hard work.
Applause filled the Morgan Centre in Crowthorne as more than 100 people gathered for the Annual Joint Parishes Community Awards 2012 last Friday.
Councillor Bob Wade, chairman of Crowthorne Parish Council, said: “Congratulations to all the winners who have earned recognition from their hard work.
“Crowthorne defined localism before the Government were talking about it – we don’t expect money from anywhere else.
“It’s amazing to see the number of people who donate their time and their lives to everybody else.”
Eleven awards were presented by Cllr Wade and Cllr Peter Sturgess, chairman of Wokingham Without Parish Council.
The winners included Angela Platt, who was nominated for 20 years of ‘outstanding and dedicated work’ at St Sebastian’s Church Jubilee Club for the over-60s.
Good neighbour David Wain was rewarded for 31 years of ‘kind deeds and fundraising’, which included supporting Crowthorne Stroke and Disabled Club, Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance and the Muscular Dystrophy charity.
Cllr Wade thanked John Goss, who has been treasurer for Crowthorne Community Minibus for more than 12 years, for his commitment to the service, particularly since it has grown in popularity for the last eight years.
Lynne Dowd, treasurer of 1st Crowthorne Scouts, was recognised for more than 10 years supporting the group and many fundraising events and scout leader Graham Brant was applauded for his enthusiasm and commitment to scouting since he was aged eight.
Steve Burns, of Raven Haven, received an award for his ‘outstanding and exceptional work’ rescuing injured birds for 22 years.
Mr Burns said: “It is with great pleasure I accept this award – we see around 700 birds a year and we get 85 per cent of them back into the wild.”
A joint award was won by Wyn Woolford and Joan Thomas for a combined 35 years helping the Crowthorne Stroke and Disabled Club and the group award was won by the Crowthorne Community First Responders.
Collecting the award on behalf of the rapid response team, Francis Watts explained how the group is self-funded to provide round-the-clock support to emergency teams and he appealed for more volunteers.
There were three special awards for the volunteers at Woodmancote and COATS charity shop.
Cllr Wade praised shop manager Yvonne Hattersley for her ‘diligent work helping the charity for many years’.
MP for Crowthorne and Wokingham Without Dr Phillip Lee gave a speech after the certificates were presented.
He said the evening was a ‘fantastic showcase’ of the generous people of both parishes and praised them as ‘wonderful communities’.