Awards for four as Keynsham celebrates its 'Good Citizens'

Published on: 06 May 2014

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Four Keynsham residents have been honoured for their contribution to the community, receiving the town council’s 2014 Good Citizens Award.

The group were presented with their awards, and £100 each to go to a good cause of their choice, at the town’s annual meeting on April 28.

John Aldridge was rewarded for his work with various organisations in the town, including local wildlife groups and Keynsham Music Festival, but particularly the 1st Keynsham Scout group where he has been involved for 25 years. He is donating his £100 to the Scouts.

Another award-winner whose hard work has benefited many different parts of the community is Sheila Crocombe, who has worked with Transition Keynsham, Keynsham Action Network, the former Keynsham Community Association, as well as running a maths club for children at Community @67 and delivering town council newsletters.

Sheila said her £100 would be shared between Transition Keynsham and Keynsham Action Network.

Young volunteer Grace O’Hara has been involved with the Keynsham and District Mencap Society, helping at its clubs since the age of 14.

Her nomination said she was “an outstanding young person who is an inspiration to others and increases the confidence and self worth of those with learning disabilities”. All of Grace’s £100 award will go to the Keynsham and District Mencap Society.

Yvonne Knight was the fourth winner announced on the night, for “her dedication to help other people to live a better life” through her tireless work with the Keynsham Disabled Swimming Club, teaching children and adults to swim since the 1980s. Yvonne is donating her £100 to the Keynsham Seals Swimming Club.

The award ceremony took place in front of councillors and residents, following a speech by annual town meeting guest speaker Inspector Sarah Treweek.

The date of April 27, 2015, has been put forward for next year’s annual town meeting.

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