Posted on 24th October 2022 at 09:24
On Saturday 15th October Great Linford Parish Council hosted its annual Recognition Awards at Marsh Drive Community Centre to celebrate inspirational individuals and community groups.Thirteen individuals and six community groups were recognised for their contribution to the community.
The following individuals were recognised at the awards ceremony
David Argent volunteered his time to restore an old phone box into a little free library, for anyone to help themselves to books for all ages.
Lesley cooks a community breakfast on Monday mornings, and a lunch club each month. She also volunteers for the Great Linford Community Hub during the week and cooks over 300 meals for the homeless on Fridays.
Mic Jackson volunteers at the Great Linford Community Fridge every week, buys and donates raffle prizes to the Great Linford Community Hub and Willen Hospice and regularly hosts charity nights at his pub.
John Osbourn has maintained and planted around the play area in Bernay Gardens for over 10 years. He has created a sustainable and beautiful area and has encouraged others to get involved.
Carol and Dan donate money out of their pensions to charity every month. In addition to this, they buy and donate over 40 gifts to local children.
George Thomson has collected over £67k for local charities by recycling coffee pods, crisp packets, and cat food pouches.
Sally Jessop dedicates her time to caring for animals and volunteering for the RSPCA.
Mark Barraclough regularly litter picks the local area, creating a cleaner and nicer area for us all.
Alan and Carol Renault have developed the common green areas into a beautifully landscaped garden that is full of flowers, plants, and bulbs all year round.
Kizzy volunteers her time weekly to teach a free boxing class to children, giving local children a safe place to learn discipline and confidence.
Harry Catharell serves as Great Linford Football Clubs’ treasurer, and for over 10 years, he has supported countless young players throughout this tenure.
Bryan Lea has for over 10 years, litter-picked the area and has established 3 separate guerrilla gardens, he also rescues swans, ducks and hedgehogs.
Raj Duhra volunteers at the Great Linford Community Fridge, as well as hosting regular curry nights and attending events to raise money for local charities.
Peter McGuane has volunteered in various positions at Great Linford Football Club, supporting and helping countless players.
The following community organisations were also recognised
The Conniburrow Community Fridge - volunteers give their time on Wednesday evening and Friday afternoon to hand out free food to combat food waste and food poverty.
The Great Linford Community Hub - volunteers open a small community café to give residents a place to go to combat isolation, and loneliness and to increase community spirit
Keeping Kids Off the Streets - run three evening free boxing sessions, giving children a sense of discipline and confidence.
The Great Linford Community Fridge - volunteers brave the weather to hand out free food on Monday and Friday mornings.
MK Melting Pot - host a multitude of events, from a Wellbeing café in Conniburrow to a free youth club and activity camps.
The Great Linford Community Larder - host a weekly session to hand out food, host a small café and great conversation.
The awards ceremony was attended by Councillors and Community Leaders including Milton Keynes’s Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress.
Tommy Hayes, Community Liaison Officer for Great Linford Parish Council, said "We are lucky that our Parish is home to many wonderful people who go the extra mile for our community. It is important that we recognise and celebrate their achievements and have an opportunity to thank them for their efforts.”
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