Lord Mayor honours local heroes

May 08 2017

PEOPLE from St George are among the local heroes who have been presented with medals by the Lord Mayor of Bristol.

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PEOPLE from St George are among the local heroes who have been presented with medals by the Lord Mayor of Bristol.

The medals, which recognise those that have gone above and beyond for the good of their local community, were presented at a ceremony at the Mansion House, Clifton Down.

Among the winners was Susan Acton-Campbell who has been chairwoman of Friends of Troopers Hill since its formation in 2003. 

During this time, she has become increasingly involved with other organisations in the area including the Neighbourhood Partnership. Susan is now a full-time volunteer, working tirelessly for the community in St George.

Over the past two years she has helped design and raise funding for a new play area in Troopers Hill Field. The £80,000 play area was completed in October.

Having joined the Neighbourhood Partnership, Susan has led its Wellbeing Panel for the past five years. She is a keen walker and when a member of Friends of Troopers Hill suggested starting a walking for health group, Susan was quick to volunteer to help form the group and train as a walk leader.Trevor Ball, a resident of St George, is also a medal winner. He lives next door to St Georges Park and has repainted and repaired many of the park benches and planted thousands of shrubs and flowers. 

He has been a quiet but forceful member of the Friends of St George Park, leading and supporting numerous campaigns and initiatives which have brought much needed additional resources to the park such as the skateboard park, children's play area and maintenance of the lake.

Trevor has helped volunteers from St George in Bloom in order to replant and maintain planted containers at the Kingsway shopping precinct in St George. 

In 2016 Trevor volunteered to make four large wooden containers for the front of the Sikh Temple in Church Road, St George which were then planted up with striking floral displays.

Last summer, Trevor worked hard with a small group of volunteers from St George in Bloom and other local volunteers to transform a formerly neglected area in front of a billboard site in Church Road, St George.

Other East Bristol winners include Stephen Woods, founder of Tidy BS5; Hannah Crudgington, campaigner and filmmaker; Amy Harrison, Friends of Brook Street Park Group and Bruce Yates, manager of the charity Baggator.