Debenham Parish Council is pleased to announce the following winners of a Community Award for 2012/2013.
Many congratulations to all of you and a big Thank You from the community
Photos to follow when received
Earlier this year saw the retirement of Mrs Angela Morgan as Deputy Headteacher of Sir Robert Hitcham CEVA Primary School, Debenham, a post that she had held for some 24 years.
Since 1989 Angela has taught hundreds of children who live in the village and the surrounding area and she is a familiar face whilst out on her regular walks around Debenham with her husband Graham.
Angela has not only held the post of Deputy Head but that of the school Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator and a period of Acting Headteacher during long term absence of a former Headteacher. Whilst at the Primary School she has also been a School Governor and was part of the ‘Friends of the School'.
Her love of music and dance was particularly evident when she led some 40 children at the Snape Malting's Celebration of School's Music and also during her teaching of recorder groups, together with her involvement with the school choir and orchestra. Maypole dancing at Crows Hall Country Fayre was an annual event attended by Angela and a group of enthusiastic children.
Angela's long term contribution to the Primary School and a generation of Debenham children is recognised through the nomination of a Community Award.
This award is greatly deserved for a true unsung hero of our community. The work carried out by this person very largely goes un-noticed, until of course something goes wrong and then everyone complains.
Fortunately for Debenham, since Anne Marie took over the cleaning of the public loos in Back Lane, I no longer receive complaints about the state of the toilets, I get phone calls and e-mails complimenting the council on how clean the toilets are and what a pleasant change it is to see a public facility so well looked after.
This really is a great credit to Anne Marie for, in truth, this is not the sort of thing many of us would want to do. Her dedication to doing the best job possible to keep the toilets presentable is a classic example of the old adage ‘if a job is worth doing it's worth doing well'.
I think we would all agree that Anne Marie certainly does a great job in that respect and is a very worthy recipient of this community award.
I am extremely happy to nominate Mr Eddy Alcock for the 2013 Community Award.
Eddy has represented Debenham's best interests in his tireless work as both a district and county councillor over a considerable period of time. He has also achieved high office in both the Councils, as both a chairman and portfolio holder, which has enabled him to achieve much for his electorate.
Eddy has also been a key community leader in many different spheres, which again has delivered much for our community. Perhaps one of his greatest achievements has been the provision of the Leisure Centre, which would never have been built in our village, without his skill, knowledge and dedication. Few communities of our size can boast such a tremendous facility.
As Eddy now steps down from his current public duties, it is timely to thank him for his considerable efforts, and recognise his selfless work for our community, with this award.
Fiona has worked as pre school leader at the Roundabout nursery since 1996 when the pre school opened. The latest published Ofsted report from 2012 rated the pre school as “Outstanding” which is a tremendous achievement.
Fiona has a Primary Teaching qualification, a Diploma in pre school practice, an Early Years Professional status, and is an accredited special educational needs co-ordinator. Pre school is truly well served by a very long standing member of staff.
Fiona has always been totally dedicated to the younger generations of the village by devoting her time to helping with the vitally important early years education. So many of our children and grandchildren will have benefited from her expertise.
Some of the accolades spoken about Fiona are, inspiring, over and above what is expected, totally professional and yet very unassuming of character.
A very worthy recipient of a community award
Mrs Jem Worrall has been the Leader of 1st Debenham Guides for over 5 years. In that time the Guide unit has continued to need a waiting list due to its popularity.
Jem has led the girls' participation in unit sleepovers, camps, regional moot camps and encouraged senior section girls to international events.
The 1st Debenham Guides have been prominent at village events; they attend special services at the church, provide service at the local country fair and run stalls at the Christmas Shopping Evening, Firework Night etc.
Jem has given time to attend District, Division and County events and provided young girls of Debenham and the local area opportunity to be a part of Girlguiding UK and all that it offers.
Her service to our community should be recognised.
This award recognises many years of tireless effort from Mark and Gilly to keep the village in as good a condition as possible with regard to our many and varied streets. It is with great pleasure that we can say that Debenham does not really have a litter problem and that is largely down to the efforts of Mark and Gilly.
The task must be a thankless one on many occasions as not only do they contend with humans who drop litter but also the weather that can blow a gale and spread all sorts of rubbish around that needs to be retrieved and collected.
In the bad weather they are here to help spread the grit and to try and make the central village paths as safe as possible.
Mark also assists with the control of rabbits in the cemetery and allotments. Again another thankless task as the rabbit population appears to continue increasing at a never ending rate.
We thank both Mark and Gilly for their commitment to maintaining Debenham just as we like to see it.
Melanie joined the Debenham library a couple of years after the library opened in 2006 and has been instrumental in creating what is the smallest and yet one of the busiest libraries in Suffolk. Where many libraries are seeing a fall in numbers using them, the Debenham library certainly bucks that trend with increasing numbers year on year.
Although cramped for space, Melanie managed to put on many different events for the community and would always make sure the library was represented whenever a village occasion occurred.
The decision by Suffolk County Council to divest the library service was a challenging time for all concerned and Melanie was at the forefront of setting up the Debenham Library Working Group, and was a leading member of that group. Her endless commitment and enthusiasm for the library has helped pave the way for the proposed move of the library to the primary school.
Melanie left the library service last year to pursue other interests but is still active in her support of the library. A community award is richly deserved to recognise the energy, commitment and enthusiasm Melanie has shown for this worthy cause.
Since being awarded the contract to maintain the many grassed areas in the village Richard has shown a huge commitment to ensuring that the village always looks well kept so that our many visitors get an excellent impression when they first arrive. We receive regular feedback from the village about how nice the grassed areas now look and how well the shrubs and borders are kept in trim as part of the deal.
Our churchyard and cemetery have large areas of grass to maintain and this is always done to perfection so that the visit to see loved ones is made that much more bearable.
Although a paid contractor, this award recognises that Richard goes above and beyond what a contractor would normally do to keep the standards in the village so high. The award is richly deserved.
Phil has been village clock winder for many years, taking over from Billy Shulver when he retired probably about 15 odd years ago.
Phil is genuinely interested in the clock, he climbs the church tower to wind it about 3 or 4 times a week and in the process, due to his interest, keeps an eye on the mechanism and is always happy to meet with Smith of Derby when they carry out their annual maintenance or to carry out any follow up work.
Phil receives a nominal amount for his time and it would be very difficult to find a replacement as reliable, dependable and interested in the clock as Phil.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the village to recognise a service that happens very much in the background, I would suggest that the majority of people don't even realise the clock has to be wound - a very well deserved award.