Mayor celebrates individuals and groups who have gone the extra mile
Picking up litter, decades of devoted community service, and helping Santa deliver presents. These are just some of the things that 16 individuals and organisations in Guildford have received a Mayor's Award for.
The Mayor's Award for Service to the Community celebrates people in the borough who went out of their way to improve the lives of others. It recognises those who fostered good relationships and encouraged positive community spirit.
This year, 11 individuals and five groups received the award. Winners were invited to a formal presentation ceremony on 30 April.
The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Marsha J Moseley, said: "Many, many congratulations to all our fantastic winners of this year's awards. "Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate the exceptional people and groups we have in Guildford. All our winners have gone the extra mile. It is right we join with the community to recognise and celebrate their achievements. From raising funds for good causes to supporting young people with sports, the commitment these individuals and groups have made is truly humbling and commendable.
"As always, I am inspired by their stories and during my Mayoral year I have experienced the wonderful sense of community we have across the borough. These awards recognise the tremendous contribution that the winners have made to residents of Guildford".
Vicky Robinson, from the National Eczema Society, received an award for her effort and commitment over many years including raising awareness and fundraising. Vicky said:
"I am super excited to receive this award and do so on behalf of my fellow members of the National Eczema Society. One in 10 people suffer with eczema. Our local support group is truly a team and we provide information and support to eczema sufferers and their families. Amongst our other activities, we launched the Combined Charites Christmas Fair more than 20 years ago and, with the very generous support of the Mayor, have given numerous charities the opportunity to showcase their work and raise funds. I want to say a big thank you to everyone involved. They all deserve this recognition too."
The Mayor's Award for Service to the Community is kindly sponsored by The County Club, High Street, Guildford.
Kevin Lorimer, General Manager of the County Club says: "The Mayor's Awards are an important event for the Borough, recognising the unseen hard work done in our community. The County Club is proud to sponsor these awards."
Wholenotes Community Choir performed at the event. Wholenotes Community Choir started in January 2018 for those with social anxiety, a learning disability and/or autism.
Alison Wrigley, Musical Director of the Wholenotes Choir, said: "Singing at the Mayor's award ceremony was joyous, uplifting and inspiring. The members all let me know that they were thrilled to be there and so pleased to give back to their community."
The full list of winners is:
Mayor Awards for Service to the Community - Individuals
Tony and Jackie Brown who have raised hundreds of pounds for charity, including their local branch of The British Heart Foundation
Arbreen Hussain, who has led the IT department at mental health charity Oakleaf Enterprise for nearly ten years and has made an enormous impact on hundreds of individuals during this time.
Steve Knight, who has collected litter in Jacobs Well at least twice a week for the last five years. Steve performs this duty voluntarily and selflessly and residents benefit from this cleaner environment.
Claire Marrow, a Home School Link Worker at Stoughton Infant and Nursery School, who makes a positive difference to the lives of the children and families in the community.
John and Jean Meredith, founding members of the Residents Association for Jacobs Well in 1959, for their length of service and positive impact on the community.
Andrea Norman Walker, a trustee at the Hungarian Cultural Association Guildford, who has made a significant contribution to the charity which now has 500 members, and 137 children take part in regular educational and cultural activities in Guildford.
Rupert Philips, a dedicated and outstanding volunteer, who played a crucial role in the vaccination programme.
Angela Phillips, a badminton coach, who has dedicated the last 40 years of her life to the young people of Abinger, Albury, Gomshall, Holmbury St. Mary, Peaslake and Shere.
Rosemary Richmond, who has devoted an astonishing 48 years of service to the community of Pirbright, retiring from her role as a Parish Councillor at the end of January 2022.
Vicky Robinson, from the National Eczema Society, for her effort and commitment over many years including raising awareness and fundraising.
Alan Wood, who has worked tirelessly to improve the lives and services of Guildford Borough Council tenants throughout his time as Chair of the Tenants Group.
Mayor Awards for Service to the Community - Groups
Gomshall Fire Station Crew, including Matt, Richard, Simon and Tom for their volunteering efforts, including helping Father Christmas deliver presents to the children of Abinger Hammer, Albury, Gomshall, Holmbury St. Mary, Peaslake and Shere.
Guildford Chamber Choir for their service to the local community.
Guildford Heath Walks, run by Annelize Kidd and her team of walk co-ordinators for walks all year round, including adapted walks for people after the lockdown.
Guildford Lions, for their commitment to fundraising for good causes through events, including the Fireworks Fiesta.
The Rotary Club of Guildford, who have fundraised and served the community of Guildford for over 100 years.