Awards recognise community volunteers

March 29 2015

A COMMUNITY stalwart, scout leader and carnival chairman are among nearly 30 unsung heroes who have been recognised with a special award.

A COMMUNITY stalwart, scout leader and carnival chairman are among nearly 30 unsung heroes who have been recognised with a special award.
The accolade is given to those who make outstanding contributions to their communities in South Gloucestershire.
This year they went to, among others, Winterbourne Down carnival chairman Fred Smith, the 1st Yate Scout Group’s Anne-Marie Walker and Mary Wright, chairwoman of Abbotswood Action in Yate.
Mr Smith has helped organise the carnival for at least 20 years and was praised for being an “excellent motivator” and for working hard with his committee members to ensure the event’s success. Mr Smith is also property steward of Winterbourne Down Methodist Church.
Anne-Marie Walker has devoted 15 years to her scout group, which includes beavers, cubs and scouts, and was said to be a good leader who motivated others and made sure record keeping was of the highest standard.
Mary Wright has played a big role in Abbotswood for 40 years, helping to improve the appearance of the area, community involvement and local events. She has been chairwoman of Abbotswood Action since 2003 and her award said her consistent and long term commitment made her stand out.
The awards are given annually by the South Gloucestershire Council chairman or woman to those who make outstanding contributions to their communities.
Councillor Howard Gawler, the current council chairman, said: “One of the highlights of my term of office has been meeting people from across our region who selflessly give up their time, with no financial reward, for the good of their communities.
“These awards provide an opportunity for us to recognise the importance volunteers make to local people’s lives.”
The award ceremony was held at Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE Campus, with certificates presented by Mr Gawler and Sara-Jane Watkins, the college’s vice-principal.