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Hatherleigh's First Community Awards Night

Hatherleigh's first ever Community Awards evening took place on Friday 16th April in the Community Centre. The scheme was devised by Mayor Malcolm Jacobs (right) and the Town Council as a way of highlighting the efforts of those people who achieve much for Hatherleigh. He said: "In a nutshell, Hatherleigh is a small place with a lot going on. Indeed there is more going on and to a higher standard than is found in many a larger town. For these things to happen demands a great deal of effort by dedicated people and Hatherleigh is fortunate enough to have a number of people who represent the town in a variety of ways. The Town Council thought that it was about time that we started publicly saying 'thank you' to these people on behalf of the town."

The bigger Hatherleigh gets, he went on, the less we know each other. "The citation for each of the presentations is going to be read by a different councillor and we hope that by doing it this way, you'll know more of who is on the Council."

Councillors Chris Calkin, Richard Jones, Liz Abel, Madeleine Taylor, Graham Alford and Gary Bush provided six of the citations; West Devon Councillor Dennis Bater read a citation for the special Lifetime Achievement award, which went to Eric Rowe.

Two awards went to the Council's recent nominations for this year's Mayor of West Devon award for service to the community - Andrew Collier and Douglas Stevens. Andrew has been confirmed as winner of West Devon's Junior award.

"We're hoping that this will become an annual event," said Malcolm. "Next year we will be asking you to make the nominations!"

The evening included music from the band Contrast.

Adrian Drew accepted the award on behalf of The Walruses, the group which jumps into the River Lew each New Year's Day to raise money for local good causes.

Nick Laing-Taylor and the Play Park Committee, who have dedicated more than a year to bringing to life the Island Park Playground. "This is a fabulous facility for the town. It will open on the May Bank Holiday," Malcolm told us..

Josh Bush, who has demonstrated his sporting prowess at County level in both athletics and rugby.

Claire Reynolds, who plays cricket at County level.

Eric Rowe received a Lifetime Achievement award. His contributions range from rescue services through sport to helping organise the Tar Barrels.

Andrew Collier. He's in the Silver Band and has played the Last Post at the past two Remembrance Sunday's ceremonies. He was the Council's nomination for West Devon's Young Person of the Year Award - which he won!

'Man of the Match', at least according to Malcolm, was Douglas Stevens, whose list of contributions to the town reads long and loud. Tar Barrels and Carnival were mentioned as examples of his efforts. The Skate Park was cited as a recent special example where his ability to co-opt (or is it coerce?) other talented people in the Town to help with community projects,


 


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