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The magnificent seven of Whitchurch
DESERVING members of the Whitchurch community were rewarded for their efforts to make the town a better place to live.
Seven people were presented with a Community Award at the Mayor’s annual reception, held in Whitchurch Parish Hall.
Guests enjoyed canapés, served by students from Testbourne Community School, in Whitchurch, before town mayor Jackie Day gave a short speech about her year in office, which she described as “fun and challenging.”
She added: “It’s been mentioned at previous receptions how lucky we are to live in a town with such community spirit, and I have certainly found this.”
The first award was presented jointly to Gareth Hill and Les Jordon, who were nominated for volunteering at town events.
Gareth, 22, of The Broadway, said: “I do it because I want to give my free time back to the community.”
Les, a father-of-two, from The Knowlings, added: “We just give a hand when we are asked to and we do it because it needs doing, not because you expect to get anything for it.”
Robert Redford, 66, a resident at Seeviour’s Court, was given an award for arranging community activities for residents at the sheltered accommodation.
The father-of-three and grandfather-of-eight also cares for the welfare of his neighbours and helps them out whenever they need a hand.
He said: “I’m honoured to receive this award. I enjoy doing it so really the re-ward is doing it for the people. I wouldn’t be able to do it without my wife.”