Volunteers honoured for community efforts

Gill Hesselgrave SUS-140630-122429001
Gill Hesselgrave SUS-140630-122429001

Community volunteers from Hailsham, Hellingly and Pevensey Bay were honoured by the chairman of Wealden District Council at a civic ceremony last week.

The Wealden Volunteer Award Scheme takes place every two years. Council chairman Brian Redman paid tribute to the contributions which make life better for many people living in the District.

The winner of the Community Volunteer hero award was Brian Gauntlett who put in 1,500 hours for Hailsham-based Computers for Charities last year. The charity is celebrating 20 years of service to the community.

Cllr Redman said: “Brian Gauntless has been actively involved in Computers for Charities for the past ten years. It is people like Brian with their time, skills and wisdom who keep the organisation’s wheels turning.”

Shirley Smith of the Hailsham Trust received the Award for Outstanding Community Achievement through volunteer hours - she clocked up 1,600 last year working in the Trust’s Community Corner Charity Shop. The Corner provides a mix of low cost, second-hand goods with friendly chat, advice about local services and a cheery cuppa. The Trust’s work helps to combat social and economic deprivation in the town, working with families, young people and minority ethnic communities.

Cllr John Blake nominated Mrs Gill Hesselgrave for a Civic Award. Mrs Hesselgrave’s work for the Hellingly local community included chairing the Hellingly Community Park Trust, working for the Cuckfield Flood Forum, being a member of Hellingly Parish Council and raising money for the Agricultural Benevolent Fund.

In Pevensey Bay Mrs Doris Johnson was nominated for a Civic Award by Cllr Lin Clark. Mrs Johnson has run the local branch of the Red Cross since 1986 and helped provide a well-cooked meal and good company for some 25 local people through the Red Cross Lunch Club at the Ethen Wood Memorial Hall.