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Thatcham hands out civic awards

Locals recognised for services to the community and mayor hands over cheques to chosen charities

John Herring

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John Herring

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PEOPLE who contribute to the well-being of Thatcham have been recognised for their efforts.

Gold civic awards were presented by the Mayor of Thatcham, Sheila Ellison, at the annual Thatcham town mayor’s civic reception, held in the officers’ mess at Denison Barracks in Hermitage on May 6.

An award was handed out to Ian Redmond from Thatcham Town Cricket Club who was nominated for his service to the club.

His achievements include establishing the Colts Section for the youngest players; helping to improve the facilities and fundraising for various major projects and raising the profile of the club. These include organising “A Chance to Shine”, the English Cricket Board-sponsored programme for local primary schools.

Resident David Brazier was awarded for his 50 years dedicated service as a leader with the Boys’ Brigade, 30 years of that being at the 1st Thatcham Company.

Additionally his commitment to the Thatcham & District Blind Club, Berkshire County Blind Society, and community planning group Thatcham Vision, and the wider community, was recognised by the support from multiple organisations and individuals in his nomination.

An award also went to the clerk at Thatcham Town Council, Elaine Hare, who is retiring tomorrow (Friday).

The town council said that Mrs Hare’s dedication to her role and her commitment to organisations and projects outside the role of clerk was recognised and highly commended.

Mrs Ellison then presented cheques to her chosen charities during her mayoral year.

The Thatcham Volunteer Bureau received £1,415, towards the transport service it offers to residents for medical and social visits.

Home-Start West Berkshire also received £1,415 plus an additional £250 donated by the Lions Club of Newbury. The charity supports families with young children in the district. The money was raised at events organised by the town council during Mrs Ellison’s year as mayor.

Mrs Ellison will stand down as mayor at the mayor-making ceremony on Sunday. The new mayor will then be elected by town councillors.

People are invited to attend the ceremony, which starts at 3pm at the Frank Hutchings Community Hall, Bradley-Moore Square, Thatcham.

The awards were held outside of the parish of Thatcham, after the station commander at Denison, Lt Col Mark Kingston, gave permission because of the strong connection between the Royal School of Military Survey and the town.

The unit was granted the freedom of Thatcham in 2011 and on Thursday July 7, 2016, it will exercise that freedom by parading through the town, along with The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers.

As part of the celebrations the band will perform an open-air concert at Thatcham Town Cricket Club in the early evening.

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