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Chair's Community Award winners 2014 announced

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Published: 20/05/2014

The annual Chair’s Community Awards recognise the outstanding contribution South Gloucestershire residents make to their local communities. These people give up their time freely to help others and bring our communities together, and were rewarded for their efforts at the special ceremony which was attended by the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Ian Boulton, along with Dame Janet Trotter, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, and Kevin Hamblin, Principal and Chief Executive of South Gloucestershire & Stroud College.

Throughout the evening award winners from a wide variety of backgrounds were presented with their certificates by Cllr Ian Boulton and Kevin Hamblin. The final round was the Lord Lieutenant’s Special Award, which saw Dame Janet Trotter present £100 to Jean Gray for her valued services as a school dinner lady in South Gloucestershire.

For the past 52 years Jean Gray has been involved with Kings’ Forest Primary School in Kingswood, she has been a dinner lady there for 10 years and is a firm favourite with children and staff. Nothing is too much trouble for Jean and on top of her regular duties she also helps with school trips, sewing costumes and sharing her love of books with the reception classes. Jean is also an active member within her local church.

Jean said: “I enjoy working with the young children, it helps keep me active. I have done this for so many years because I enjoy it. I have had a marvellous career and I would recommend it to anyone, young or old.”

Cllr Ian Boulton, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “During my term of office as the Chair of the Council it has been a huge privilege to meet many people from across our region who work tirelessly, and with no financial reward, for the good of their communities. These awards are a small way to recognise the importance of volunteering and to thank a few of our local volunteers for their efforts to continue to make South Gloucestershire a great place to live and work.

“It is clear from the nomination forms that all of these award winners are highly respected and admired for their work. It has been humbling to read many of the citations that have been provided and I consider it to be one of the highlights of my role to be able to honour our award winners this evening.”

Kevin Hamblin, Principal and Chief Executive of South Gloucestershire & Stroud College, said: “South Gloucestershire & Stroud College is delighted to support the Chair’s Community Awards. The evening was a humbling experience and an inspiration to us all. The foundation of South Gloucestershire is built by those that commit countless hours to their community. It is important to acknowledge the hard work undertaken selflessly by so many people.”

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