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Each year, the Town Council looks for individuals living or working within Wokingham who deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the town. The Council feel it is important to recognise individuals who may be caring for people within the community, participate in voluntary work, support art and culture within the town or who offer a valued service to the public or just as importantly are a good neighbour.

Recipients are nominated by a member of the community and nominations are judged by a selection panel including members of Wokingham Town Council's Civic Committee and the High Steward of Wokingham, Lady Elizabeth Godsal MBE.
Awards were presented at the Town Hall by the Town Mayor Cllr. Gwynneth Hewetson at an evening ceremony on 27th February, 2017.

The Council is delighted to announce this year’s worthy recipients.

Civic Awards 2017

Clare Meldrum: Nominated for her contribution to ABC to read by Marcia Rowlinson.
Clare, a former teacher is a part-time fieldworker for ABC to read as well as a volunteer reading mentor at St Nicholas Primary School. Clare works with children within Wokingham who struggle to read or lack confidence. Clare’s positivity, motivation and enthusiasm has a huge impact on not only the children but other volunteers and teachers and helps set the children she mentors up for a successful transition to secondary school and beyond.
Clare is also Chairperson of 1st Woosehill Scouts, a valued member of Link Visiting Scheme where she also helped set up the new Community Kitchen Project and is a member of St Crispin’s PTA.

Gaynor White: Nominated by Vicki Laurie for her dedication and leadership of Barkham Hookers – crochet group.
Gaynor has led many ‘yard bombing’ (decorating) projects within the local community which have not only been visually exciting but brought a smile to people’s faces – from poppy garlands for Remembrance day, Christmas bollard hats for Wokingham’s Living Advent Calendar to wrapping trees on Elms Field as part of the Incredible Edible project.
Gaynor is also a keen supporter and member of Link Visiting Scheme where she supports both her ‘link partner’ and her Carer and Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

John Griffin: Nominated for his contribution to Wokingham Society by Michael Hattaway.
Michael praised John’s dedication to the development and installation of the Blue Plaque Heritage Trail within Wokingham and his contribution in the installation/restoration of several works of art within Wokingham.
John is involved in many diverse areas around the town including work at Citizens Advice Bureau, Volunteering at the Wokingham Information Centre and St Paul’s Church, participation in the Town Centre & Neighbourhood Action Group and Patient Committee of Wokingham Medical Centre.

Kay Haggit: Nominated by Cathy Valentine for her contribution to Wokingham’s Winter Carnival.
Kay has worked tirelessly supporting the Carnival for over 10 years, particularly on Santa’s Grotto to ensure that all the children attending receive a warm welcome and present for Christmas. Kay also volunteers for Wokingham Volunteer Centre, Wokingham Voluntary Transport Scheme and at ‘more arts.’

Peter Must: Nominated by John Griffin for his endless work and conscientious approach as Chairman of Wokingham Society towards the protection and conservation of the town’s heritage.
Peter regularly and willingly engages with Borough and Town Council, residents, schools and local historians sharing his knowledge on local heritage.

Susan Jackson: Nominated for her role as Fund Raising Director of Wokingham Lions Club by Andrew Slay.
Since taking on the role Susan has used her boundless energy and enthusiasm for fundraising and helping those in need within our community and managed to increase the annual funds raised by Wokingham Lions Club by 40%
Susan was also instrumental in setting up Wokingham in Need, and has now taken on the role of Chairperson for the charity. Susan is very active in her support of WADE as well as tirelessly helping with many events within Wokingham.

Vickie Robertson: Nominated for her resourceful and creative approach and support to refugees moving to Wokingham by Jane Ainslie.
Vickie’s warmth and compassion has brought residents, businesses and churches together to ensure that refugees being housed in Wokingham move into a home within a welcoming community not just a house.

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