Heroes are presented with awards

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Five unsung heroes from the local community have been rewarded for their outstanding commitment and selfless support of others.

The certificates were handed out at Eastwood Town Council Mayor’s Awards ceremony.

Addressing a packed audience at the Hilltop Catholic Church Centre, Eastwood Mayor, Cllr Hazel Charlesworth, expressed her pride in the award winners.

She said: “Eastwood is brimming with unsung heroes and the community spirit in the town is second to none.”

“They have contributed so much to the town through their involvement with their organisations.”

Taking pride of place at the ceremony were Tony Rowlands, Ken Clarke, Janet Enever, Richard Grainger, and Glenys Skidmore, who were deserving recipients of Mayor’s Awards.

Mr Rowlands, who is chairman of Moorgreen Colts Football Club, has played an integral role in shaping the lives of sporting youngsters while at the same time ensuring that the football club continues to thrive.

Age Concern volunteer Ken Clarke has helped the organisation for more than 30 years during which time he has been a champion of local people and in particular the elderly and infirm.

Brinsley resident Janet Enever, another Mayor’s Award winner, has been a shining light in the community raising funds and helping vulnerable people for years, as well as helping all manner of causes.

Eastwood St Mary’s Group Scout leader Richard Grainger, whose commitment to helping young people earned him the accolade said he was privileged to be an ambassador for Scouting in Eastwood.

Glenys Skidmore, a music maker and accompanist at Eastwood’s Lynncroft Primary School for more than 30 years, said she was delighted to be an award winner. “It has been a privilege to bring music into the lives of children and to encourage an appreciation of a wonderful genre,” she added.

Cllr Charlesworth also handed out community grant cheques on behalf of the council to 20 representatives of local groups and organisations who received a total of £2,300.

Eastwood Volunteer Bureau, Broxtowe Women’s Project and Age Concern Eastwood were the leading recipients, each being given £400 for their respective causes.

Among special guests at the event were clergy colleagues Canon John Berry and Rev David Stevenson, who both said how much they enjoyed it.

“It is good to see the town’s stars being recognised and those who contribute so much to the success of Eastwood and district being supported so well,” said Mr Berry.