Thatcham’s Mayor has been presenting the Thatcham 2021 Civic Awards to deserving native residents.
In February 2021, Thatcham City Council invited nominations from the general public, searching for superb folks and teams who do nice issues inside their neighborhood, in order that they may very well be formally recognised with a Civic Award 2021.
Every year a most of three Gold Awards are introduced and these will be for these people or teams who’ve both achieved a major milestone that yr, or who’ve finished one thing particular for the neighborhood up to now 12 months. A brand new class was added this yr relating particularly to these people and teams who stepped up and helped in the course of the pandemic.
The adjudication panel, led by the Mayor Mike Cole, met in March to contemplate the nominations they usually awarded as follows:
Civic Award- Gold badge and certificates
Mrs Denise Newport – Denise retired this yr after 37 years as Chief of 5th Thatcham Brownies and 46 years as a Girlguiding Chief. She has had the enjoyment of main 500 younger ladies all through her Guiding profession and has left 5th Thatcham Brownies in a wholesome situation- awaiting a brand new chief with recent concepts to maintain the unit going.
Mr Andrew Washbrook – Andy has been the volunteer parade marshal at Thatcham’s Annual Remembrance parade since 2002, previous to that he assisted his brother Tony within the position. With as much as 1,000 contributors within the parade and over 3,000 spectators, knowledgeable organisation and precision timekeeping is paramount within the success of the occasion and the security of all these concerned. Andy is keenly conscious nevertheless, that an enormous proportion of the parade are youngsters and younger individuals who could also be marching for the primary time and so he’ll gladly adapt his method to assist calm down the kids.
Thatcham Youth – Have fun 10 years of youth provision within the city and have lately secured Nationwide Lottery funding, guaranteeing their future is safe for no less than one other 5 years.
Mayors Award- Blue badge and certificates
Mr David Weller – In recognition of the numerous energetic roles he holds, or has held, in Thatcham’s neighborhood, together with faculty governorships, charity treasurers and an Elder on the United Reformed Church.
Mr & Mrs Stephen & Linda Duke – Dedicated volunteers with ABC to Learn, devoted to bettering youngsters’s literacy and growing self-confidence. ABC to Learn are based mostly at Thatcham Park Main Faculty and in the course of the pandemic, tailored their classes in order that they may nonetheless attain younger individuals who wanted help.
Mr Dan Carter – celebrates a decade with Thatcham Youth and who goes the additional mile with the organisation.
Certificates of Commendation
Mrs Kathleen Little – grew to become a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator in Thatcham in 2016, in addition to endeavor Forces charity work within the native space.
Mates of Thatcham Library – Their essential help to Thatcham Library, serving to maintain the essential service open.
Mr Phil Dewsbury – for his exhausting work and due diligence when he was Treasurer of Thatcham Memorial Basis- he undoubtedly secured the charity’s future and its property for the entire neighborhood to take pleasure in for a few years to return.
Mrs Rachel Peters – She has labored exhausting to determine a brand new enterprise referred to as Berkshire Companions bringing collectively charities, volunteers and repair suppliers.
Covid Heroes Awards– new for 2021 and receiving a certificates and badge within the iconic rainbow style- synonymous with the previous yr:
Cook dinner & Butcher – Throughout the first lockdown, proprietor Pete Congerton and his household actually went the additional mile to safe groceries for Thatcham’s shielding neighborhood. With native shops depleted Pete travelled to Covent Backyard within the early hours of the morning, nearly each day to buy important meals gadgets. His brother then delivered to shielding clients (regardless of having a damaged toe!).
Mrs Tanya Patey – Tanya teaches artwork at Kennet Faculty and in addition runs artwork teams for adults. Throughout lockdown she foresaw the ability that artwork can have on folks’s psychological wellbeing and shortly established freed from cost on-line courses and a WhatsApp group in order that those that have been shielding and probably remoted might take part with the artwork challenges that Tanya set and really feel related to a neighborhood once more.
Pores and skin Wizard Tattoo – Paul and his staff are actual advocates for psychological well being consciousness. They raised over £1,000 for 8 Bells for Psychological Well being earlier than lockdown.
Newbury & District Hackspace – They laser reduce over 1,000 face shields and delivered them to key staff, even in the course of the Easter weekend. Finally they arrange a funding web page and all surplus cash was donated to NHS Charities Collectively.
There are 4 extra winners who, at time of print, had but to obtain their award.
Normally, the awards would have been introduced on the Mayor’s Civic Reception however with the present restrictions in place that was not attainable this yr. As a substitute the Mayor both visited the winner at their venue or made the presentation within the City Council Backyard.
Councillor Mike Cole, Mayor of Thatcham, commented:
I used to be delighted that we have been capable of proceed with the Civic Awards this yr, having needed to postpone it final yr firstly of the disaster. The sheer variety of nominations that we acquired displays the quantity of nice folks we’re fortunate to have, doing nice issues in Thatcham’s neighborhood. Having the extra Covid Hero class this yr meant we might recognise those that had actually stepped up in the course of the pandemic- some we had heard about as a Council and others we’d not have identified about and so it was nice to have them recognised too.
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