Newbury Weekly News

Thursday, January 16, 2020 Celebrating community champions West Berkshire’s great and good have been honoured with Community Champion A wards. The awards, which are organised by West Berkshire Council, recognise the contribution local residents make to the district. There are four awards; the Pat Eastop Junior Citizen of the Year Award, Volunteer of the Yar, Community Group of the Y ear and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at Shaw House on Monday Newbury Weekly News

THE Community Champions Award Lifetime Achievement Award went to the late Colleen Walker and Jane Fairchild, Mrs Walker’s daughter. The panel was extremely impressed by Mrs Walker’s dedi- cation and commitment to help- ing others. “It was clear from the nomina- tion that Colleen spent all her working life in a caring capacity and this compassionate ethos carried on in her wonderful char- ity work. “The panel felt that despite her own ill-health and family bereave- ment, Colleen managed to turn her suffering into a force for good. “The panel was incredibly impressed by the huge amount of money raised for local charities and, latterly, exclusively for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice. “It is hoped that this award celebrates the wonderful legacy left by Colleen.” The panel awarded two commendations and one highly commended award based on the strength of the nominations. The highly commended award in this category went to Marcus Allum, who was nominated by Richard Keene. Mr Allum is a lifelong resident of West Berkshire, having been brought up in Chapel Row, he has a business in Beenham and is currently chairman of Frilsham Parish Council. Mr Allum is the fourth genera- tion of church bell-ringers in his family and has been a bell-ringer for more than 48 years. As well as being in charge of St Mary’s Church bell tower in Been- ham, the panel said that Mr Allum is happiest spending his time at grass roots level, introduc- ing and teaching new bell- ringers.

He is also a very active officer of the Newbury branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers and has supported the growth, maintenance and governance of bell towers throughout West Berkshire. “In short, Marcus has made a real difference to the sustainabil- ity of bell ringing in West Berk- shire and actively encouraged new members to join and the community to become involved,” the panel said. “Marcus is a ‘leading light’ in terms of trying to bring people together, especially when encour- aging younger people to get involved in bell ringing, whilst preserving important traditions.” Wynne Frankum picked up one of the commended awards after being nominated by Bucklebury Parish Council for her commit- ment and service to the commu- nity of Bucklebury. The panel remarked on the number of local community initiatives Mrs Frankum had organised and commented that they have all been a change for the good and had a positive impact. “It was clear that Wynne is also a great enabler of groups of people and works hard to bring the community together,” they said. Robert Alderman was the other winner after being nominated by Sarah Warburton on behalf of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust for 68 years of voluntary work with the trust. The panel was extremely impressed that Mr Alderman had dedicated so many years active voluntary work, joining at its inception in 1951. “The commitment shown by Robert over the years is amazing Report by JOHN HERRING email twitter johnh_nwn

West Berkshire Council chairman Graham Pask with the lifetime achievement award winners Colleen W alker’s granddaughter Clare Smith and daughter Jane Fairchild, Robert Alderman, Wy ne Frankum and Mar cus Allum

community. “They are playing an increas- ing role in giving something back to their communities and we are delighted to acknowledge their important contributions at the awards ceremony tonight. Everyone is truly a worthy winner.”

chairman. “This year, I have the honour of presenting the awards and the response and standard of the nominations has been truly impressive. “I am delighted that we are able to recognise so many worthy people due to the fantastic

and his willingness to help others (both service users and his fellow volunteers) was evident in the nomination.” West Berkshire Council chair- man of Graham Pask (Con, Buck- lebury) said: “The Community Champion Awards are always a favourite duty for the elected

response received for the awards. “I would like to thank our judg- ing panel of independent repre- sentatives and all this year’s nominators and nominees. “It is very encouraging to hear about the contributions that West Berkshire residents and commu- nity groups are making in our

4th Thatcham Cubs honoured for ‘wonderful work’ THE 4th ThatchamCubswere named Community Group of the Year.

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The pack was nominated by Lucille Harrison from Swings & Smiles. The pack was established in 2018 following requests from parents at the charity. The panel said it was extremely impressed by “the wonderful work carried out by the 4th Thatcham Cubs group and loved the strong sense of inclusion that the group allows children with special needs to take part in an activity that many children take for granted”. They added that the “progressive and caring ethos of the group was inspi- rational and very special, given the small number of similar groups across the country. “It was clear from the nomination that the group is greatly valued by both the children who participate and their families.” The 4th Thatcham Scout Group runs the same activi- ties as regular Cub packs and children work together and


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Graham Pask presents the Community Group of the Y ear award to Laura Lewis, Jo Ramsey , Rhonda Nicklin and June Graves, representing the 4th Thatcham Cubs

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