Whitchurch Annual Community Awards 2013

Live music by guitarist Mick Browne, wines served by Paul McGarvey of the Bell and nibbles from H’s Coffee Shop, served by students from Testbourne, made the Parish Hall a welcoming venue for the 2013 Annual Community Awards.

Twentieth Year
This was the 20th year of the Awards, the idea of the late Cllr Peter Pelling and created to honour those who work for the good of our local Community, or who inspire others through their achievements. Peter’s wish was that the award should be “of the people, for the people, of Whitchurch”

The Mayor Cllr Jackie Day, respendent in ceremonial rode and chain of office, called for the toasts and glasses were raised to Her Majesty the Queen, and to the People of Whitchurch.

The Community Award recipients. (click to enlarge)

The Mayor’s Consort, Ian Day, read out the citations and the proud recipients came forward to much applause to receive their Certificates from the Mayor.

Recognition from the town
This year those gaining the town’s recognition were Gareth Hills and Les Jordan, Robert Redford, Alan Mayhew, Martin Watson, and Nancy and Christopher Miller. (Full Citations are listed below).

Special presentation
Finally a special presentation was made to Pat Cooper who has retired as Assistant Clerk to the Town Council after many years of stirling service, helping many in the town with a whole range of issues.

A wonderful community
Whilst the awards recognise a limited number of individuals the town is full of people who give their time and help to creating the wonderful community that makes Whitchurch what it is. The friendly conversations that went on into the evening were testimony to the growing community spirit.



Gareth Hills and Les Jordon

… were nominated for this award together. They are quoted as unsung heroes who regularly and cheerfully volunteer at local events ~ including marshalling traffic or assisting with parking at major community events, such as the annual Whitchurch Potato Days; giving invaluable support to the organisers of the Halloween Firework Display, including assisting with the construction of the bonfire in the Millennium Meadow and clearing up afterwards. In December they both helped install the Christmas trees around the Town Centre. I am sure that the Festival Committee will agree that without such willing and reliable help, it would be very much harder to stage events throughout the year, and that Gareth and Les have shown true community spirit.

Robert Redford

… is a resident of Seeviour’s Court. In recent years, he has taken it upon himself to arrange community activities for the residents of this sheltered accommodation. He arranges visits, social events and parties. Perhaps more importantly, he cares for the welfare of his neighbours and helps out wherever there is a need. He enhances the lives of many of the residents, and he has been nominated for this award in recognition of his kindness and consideration.

Alan Mayhew

… is a resident of Mulberry Mead and has carried out a similar role to that of Mr Redford. As Chairman of the Residents’ Committee, he spends his time ensuring the residents are comfortable and happy, and takes a lead in arranging social events from time to time. He is known for his patience and forbearance in dealing with issues and encouraging good neighbourliness among the residents.

Martin Watson

… has served as Treasurer of the Whitchurch Welfare Trust for a number of years. In this capacity, he has devoted much time to overseeing the Trust’s investments and preparing clear accounts for the Trustees. He has also taken the lead in dealing with claims and payments through the year. He has done all this with considerable care, and his canny advice has been invaluable to the Charity Trustees, and has ensured the Trust makes a difference to people’s lives in Whitchurch.

Nancy and Christopher Miller

… were nominated for their work with local Youth. They have both dedicated a huge amount of time to supporting and fund raising for the Whitchurch Youth Project and the Whitchurch Youth Trust. Nancy was one of the Founders, and has been an assistant leader throughout; Chairman for a while, and is now Treasurer. She has been involved in every aspect of the Project including the Summer Camp, entering the Carnival procession with some of the youngsters, and helping out at the Charity Shop.

Chris was an original young Member of Chill2This in 2005, and then an Assistant Leader before going to University. He supported the Project in a number of ways, including DJ-ing for discos in the Parish Hall. In 2011, he raised a magnificent sum of approximately £6,000 by carrying out a sponsored cycle ride from Whitchurch to Ben Nevis, climbing the mountain, and then cycling back home.
They are both worthy recipients of the Whitchurch Community Award.

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