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Newbury's outgoing mayor presents Civic Awards on the steps of the town hall as Covid restrictions ease




THE winners of the Newbury Town Civic Awards have been presented with their awards as one of the final engagements of outgoing mayor Elizabeth O’Keeffe.

The Civic Awards presentation would take usually place in the Council Chamber, where all nominees would be invited to celebrate the achievements of all volunteers and awards would be presented. But for 2020 and 2021 this was not been possible due to C-19 restrictions.

Instead Mrs O’Keeffe met with each award winner outside of the Town Hall in the Market Place last week to give them their awards and to discuss their achievements.

2020 winner Steve and Jan Pye
2020 winner Steve and Jan Pye

She said: “Due to the pandemic, we haven’t had the opportunity to present the winners with their award. Before my term was finished, I wanted to meet the winners of both the 2020 and 2021 awards to give them their prizes.

“To meet the people who have given so much of their time and effort to the town community was a wonderful way to end my two years in office.”

Each winner was presented with a custom-made wood turned award, which was produced locally by Waney Edge Woodcraft.

Eve Hughes with Billy Drummond and Elizabeth O'Keeffe
Eve Hughes with Billy Drummond and Elizabeth O'Keeffe

The winners of the awards for the past two years are:

Steve and Jan Pye, Newbury Town Civic Award 2020 for their long service and dedication to Newbury Air Cadets.

Jacob Halling, Young Person’s Award 2020 for his fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy Charity.

Marion Fenn, Environmental Contribution Award 2020 for green education for school children on allotments.

Marion Fenn receives her award
Marion Fenn receives her award

Mathew Groves (Greggs Northbrook Street), Business Civic Award 2020 for supporting and feeding the homeless in our community.

Eve Hughes, Newbury Town Civic Award 2021 for her service as a Newbury Street Pastor and with Action for Children’s Here4Me service.

Ellie Chadwick, Young Person’s Award 2021. Ellie is a VoxFresh vocalist who wrote a musical arrangement for an NHS fundraiser.

Ellie Chadwick is presented with her award by Elizabeth O'Keeffe
Ellie Chadwick is presented with her award by Elizabeth O'Keeffe

Dr Susan Millington, Environmental Contribution Award 2021 for her work on the Newbury Friends of the Earth’s Lockdown Woods project.

Colline Watts (Colline’s Kitchen), Business Civic Award 2021 for her work with the Parent2Parent Pandemic Fund and her numerous collaborative initiatives.

Colline Watts with Elizabeth O’Keeffe and Billy Drummond
Colline Watts with Elizabeth O’Keeffe and Billy Drummond
Jacob Halling receives his award from Elizabeth O'Keeffe
Jacob Halling receives his award from Elizabeth O'Keeffe
Matthew Groves receives his award
Matthew Groves receives his award
Susan Millington receives her award and certificate
Susan Millington receives her award and certificate


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