for Highbridge and Brent Knoll 'unsung community heroes'
unsung community heroes from Highbridge and Brent Knoll have been
recognised for their work with awards from Sedgemoor District Council
Cross and Andy Churches from Highbridge's King Alfreds Amateur
Boxing Club and John Page from Brent Knoll received the awards at
ceremony on Thursday evening (March 30th).
Chairman of the distict council, Cllr Ian Dyer, has introduced the
Chairman's Community Awards this year to shine a spotlight on those
across the area who bring local communities together, as nominated
by district councillors.
Cross and Andy Churches from King Alfreds Amateur Boxing Club
in Highbridge were nominated by Cllrs Roger and Janet Keen (pictured
Knoll councillor Bob Filmer nominated John Page (pictured right
with Cllr Ian Dyer).
Cllr Janet Keen explained their reasons for choosing the duo: "Andy
founded King Alfreds Amateur Boxing Club some 15 years ago
in Highbridge and was joined shortly afterwards by Roger who acted
as Club Chair and boxing coach. The Club is competitive and part
of the England Boxing network."
continually seek to recruit and retain adult coaches and organise
their full training to national standards and arrange special boxing
skills sessions for those too young to box. Both Roger and Andy
have worked tirelessly for the club whilst maintaining their jobs
and family lives, fundraising to buy equipment, outreaching to youngsters
through other organisations such as schools and local police officers,
they set personal examples which inspire youngsters to achieve targets
of self-respect in their daily lives."
Bob Filmer explained why John, who has lived in Brent Knoll for
about 20 years, was chosen: "During that time he has been an
active and stalwart member of the community. He has been Treasurer
of the Parish Hall and a key driver of the refurbishment and extension
projects which have seen over a third of a million pounds raised
to improve the hall facilities."
also helped resurrect the Village Wassail and leads celebrations
each year. Being a keen historian he started the villages
History Group, writing a history of the Parish Church and regular
pieces in the village magazine. John is Chairman of the village
Fete committee as well as being an active member of Brent Amateur
Dramatics and at Christmas time is also very busy as one of Santas