Salute to our quiet community heroes

March 29 2018
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TWO friends, affectionately known as the gardening pixies, were among tbose to receive awards for their efforts from the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council Ian Blair.

Barbara Pyle and Maureen Parsons are active fundraisers in Warmley, where they donate and sell home-made knitted garments, cakes and preserves. They also volunteer to regularly help at St Barnabas and Siston church and the community centre, where they have taken on the gardening duties,  ensuring that the flower beds are weeded and the containers are well stocked with plants. 

Maureen and Barbara are also both active members of the Ladies Friendship Group Warmley,  which plays an important role in reducing social isolation. In addition they knit for charities such as the poppy appeal, premature baby units and for the homeless. 

Patricia Webb received an award for her work as a representative on the Patient Participation Group at Close Farm Surgery, North Common. Pat has previously worked in the health service and she keeps in touch and visits a number of people who she met through her nursing duties. Many are elderly, have disabilities, and are housebound. “Nothing is ever too much trouble for Pat,” her citation saidl 

Also honoured was Richard Gee, who volunteers at least four times a week as a driver for Kingswood Community Transport, where he is also a member of the board.

 “He will always go the extra mile, willingly providing cover for weekend and evening trips and when any of the permanent drivers are on holiday. ” the awards ceremony was told.

Councillor Blair attended the celebration event along with the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter and Vice Lord Lieutenant Robert Bernays, Group Chief Executive & Executive Principal of South Gloucestershire & Stroud College Kevin Hamblin and Principal and Deputy Chief Sara-Jane Watkins.

Winners were presented with certificates by Cllr Blair and Sara-Jane Watkins.