Unsung heroes recognised at community awards ceremony

March 28 2016

NEARLY 30 people received awards for their valuable voluntary contribution to South Gloucestershire.

Unsung heroes, South Gloucestershire

NEARLY 30 people received awards for their valuable voluntary contribution to South Gloucestershire.
Litter picking, road safety, the environment and helping the vulnerable were just some of the areas in which those recognised have worked in their spare time.
There was also a special award for Dr Derek Dominey for his support of people with dementia in the district.
The community awards are given by each year’s chairman or woman of South Gloucestershire Council.
Councillor Erica Williams, the current chairwoman, presented the awards with Sara-Jane Watkins, principal of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, which hosted the ceremony at its WISE Campus.
Among those recognised were Eileen Holcombe and Shirley Owen, whose many contributions to Paul’s Place in Coalpit Heath include providing hot lunches for the adults with disabilities who meet at the centre.
Connie Jarvis received her award for helping improve community life in Winterbourne Down. Having taught locally, she has been a central figure in many organisations from the WI to the May Day carnival team, also taking on the chairmanship of the Winterbourne Down Society when it was in danger of closing.
Paul Hulbert was recognised for his commitment to environmental projects at Wapley Woods nature reserve and Wapley Common, south of Yate, and his role in youth support, road safety and deprived areas, including leading a cycle group and being a key player in Abbotswood Action Group, Yate.
Jason Bidwell started the successful Frampton Cotterell Harriers to encourage existing and new runners, going on to play a big part in inspiring schoolchildren to improve their health and fitness through running.
Meanwhile, St Saviour’s Church, Coalpit Heath, celebrated awards to Mary Head, a voluntary commissioned lay minister and member of the Churches Together committee, and Trevor Thompson, whose 25 years’ service to the church includes ten as churchwarden.
Mary has run much of the church’s children’s work for 17 years, runs and prepares monthly bereavement lunches, has taken supplies to Uganda through the Mothers’ Union and delivered food and gifts to refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol.
Trevor uses his woodworking skills to make items for the church, helps with maintenance and organises the church floodlighting for special events. He also gives talks and produces displays on local history.
The Lord Lieutenant’s Special Award to Dr Dominey, who is well respected for his contribution to those with dementia and their families, was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, and vice-Lord Lieutenant Robert Bernays.