'community heroes' receive County Council Chairman's awards
'community heroes' in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been recognised
for their work by Somerset County Councils Chairman.
Christine Lawrence has presented 54 Chairmans Awards for
services to the countys community to those who have dedicated
their time and energy to others.
awards evening at Taunton Rugby Club recognised a total of 62
people who have helped their neighbours, as well as village and
town organisations, events, and charities.
County Councils Chairman, Christine Lawrence, said: "The
high calibre of awards presented this year goes to show that community
spirit is alive and well and living in Somerset. We heard remarkable
stories of what people in all walks of life carry out, things
that might not otherwise happen without their goodwill."
local winners included Michael Schollar
from the village of Mark, pictured above.
was first associated with Mark Parish Council in 2000 and retired
in 2015. During this period he formed a Play Area Committee in
the Mark Recreation Area and became responsible for renewing equipment
and making purchases. After the committee was disbanded he continued
his interest by ensuring that the area remained serviceable. He
was also a member of Mark Multi-Use Game Area and the Skate Park
Area Committee throughout their development.
has been instrumental in making a major contribution to the Mark
Recreational Area which has resulted in number of acknowledgements
from the Somerset Playing Fields Association, across many
years including in 2014 the award of the Wood Trophy by the Somerset
Playing Fields Association in recognition of its contribution
to the provision of community play and sporting facilities and
in 2105 the Somerset Playing Fields Association Silver Award.
Mike was also instrumental in establishing and organising Mark
Community Speedwatch, a vital contribution to village safety.
energy and persistence is a shining example of commitment to Mark
and rural communities in general and he is wholly commended for
a Chairmans Award," said Councillor Christine Lawrence.
Difford from Berrow, pictured right, also received an award.
is Hall Manager at Berrow Village Hall but he is also so much
more. He helps out at all the local fundraising events and is
always cheerful and good humoured.
always has time to listen to any problems and generally has an
answer and often has the tools and materials to hand to complete
the job. If Trevor cant do the job then it is likely that
he will know a man that can. Lately it has been a difficult time
for Trevor and his family. Those in his community believe this
award will demonstrate to Trevor just how highly he is thought
of by all those who use the Hall, the Parish Council and the Community
of Berrow. Thank you Trevor for all that you do.
third local winner is Susan Hayes from the village of Biddisham.
Sue has served her community tirelessly and selflessly for nearly
19 years on Badgworth Parish Council. Initially as Clerk, Sue
then served as Councillor for 3 years and Chairman for 12 years.
Sue also served at Weare School on the Board of Governors and
as a finance officer. Sue cares passionately about the countryside
and the people who live there and has worked hard to protect it
for future generations to enjoy. To further the interests of the
Parish she developed hugely beneficial relationships with County
and District Councils as well as the local MP.
has provided tangible benefits such as a new defibrillator for
the villages, as well as support for important issues. Her dedication
and commitment has ensured that every issue affecting the Parish
has received her attention. Her whole hearted involvement in every
aspect of the Parish has required considerable personal sacrifice
of her time.
is no doubt the Parish is a better place because of her work ethic
and selfless dedication to the whole community for which she deserves
full recognition," said Councillor Christine Lawrence.