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Community heroes honoured at awards ceremony

Volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to their communities have been recognised at an evening of celebration.

The 27 recipients, who between them have clocked up hundreds of hours of voluntary work, were honoured at the Uttlesford District Council Community Achievement Awards, held last night (5 January).

They were invited to receive certificates after the stories behind their commitment had been read out. All had been nominated for making a real difference for their community.

Cllr Heather Asker, Chair of the council, who presented the awards, said: "These wonderful volunteers are often unsung heroes who go above and beyond for their local communities and play a huge part in what makes Uttlesford such a special place. I would like to congratulate all those who received an award and thank them for their dedication and hard work."

Cllr Petrina Lees, Chair of the Community Achievement Awards Working Group which decides the awards, added: "We are extremely fortunate to have so many people in Uttlesford who give up their time for others. This awards event is really important as it highlights what a vital contribution volunteers make to our lives every day - the value they bring to their communities is inspirational."

Community achievement certificates were presented to the following:

Service to the Local Community

·       Don Alexander - Newport

·       Hanna Barraclough - Manuden

·       Richard Carter - Clavering

·       Sophie Durlacher - Saffron Walden

·       Leanne Eustice - Manuden

·       Terry Frostick - Thaxted

·       Peter Gibson - Newport

·       Derrick Giffin - Newport

·       Eddie and Carol Hatfield - Great Chesterford

·       Henham Dragon Editorial Team - Henham

·       Ann Holloway - Saffron Walden

·       Philip Johnson - Farnham

·       Ken Kemp - Widdington

·       Graham Lowden - Farnham

·       Tudor Owen - Stansted

·       Isabelle Page - Littlebury

·       Jacqui Portway - Saffron Walden

·       Leslie Shipp - Takeley

·       John and Berenice Smith - Newport

·       Richard Thomas - Stansted

·       Jean Wilson - Clavering

Service to the Local Community & the Elderly

·       Catherine Dean - Stansted

Service to Children and Young People

·       Martin Boughtwood - Great Sampford

·       Mick Byrne - Stansted

·       Mark Gerber - Stansted

·       Dom Moloney - Saffron Walden

6 January 2023