Nuthall Parish Council has held its first ever community service awards ceremony at which leading lights who have contributed much to the life of the village over many years were rewarded for their outstanding efforts.
Pride of place at the event which took place at Nuthall Methodist Church went to 93-year-old community champion Jean Aram, a former teacher who has gone the extra mile to help others.
Mrs Aram who still drives has been involved in numerous projects serving on many committees and has led by example, reaching out to those who need help most.
Nuthall Parish Council chairman Brian Watson presented the awards during a sparkling concert performance staged by the talented Ilkeston Brass conducted by musical director David Jones.
The concert, supporting Cllr Watson’s Youth of Nuthall charity was highly entertaining, not least for a change of costume in the second half when band members exchanged their traditional uniforms for colourful fancy dress attire.
The 20-strong band blazed a trail delighting with a repertoire of film themes, patriotic favourites and popular music, with cornet soloist Steve Redfern and euphonium soloist John Newberry making significant contributions.
On a night of pride and passion, Cllr Watson said he was honoured to be at the helm as chairman for the council’s first community service awards ceremony.
“Nuthall is a village to be proud of and many of its residents have played their parts in making it so,” he said.
Local farmer John Hatton, who is St Patrick’s church’s tower captain, and his wife Pauline, a past president of the Mother’s Union organisation were deserving recipients of a community award, as were John and Mavis Hay, stalwarts at St Patrick’s. Mr Hay is actively involved in the men’s breakfast club.
Nuthall’s first responder Pete Winson who is the community’s defibrilation officer and his supportive wife Glenys were also award recipients as were Frank Johns and St Patrick’s Wednesday Club stalwarts Diane Fletcher and Margaret Squire.
The parish council is open for nominations for community service champions.