Two 'Good Citizens' receive awards for contribution to Keynsham life

April 03 2015

Two Keynsham residents have been celebrated for their contributions to the community, receiving the Keynsham Good Citizen Award.

Two Keynsham residents have been celebrated for their contributions to the community, receiving the Keynsham Good Citizen Award. Bassam Shahin

The honour, which is handed out by the town council at its annual town meeting every year after nominations from the public, has gone to 1st Keynsham Scouts leader Ian Carter and former Keynsham Allotment Association chairman Bassam Shahin.

Mr Carter has been involved with 1st Keynsham Scouts for 50 years, the meeting heard, after he joined the Cubs in 1963. He now helps oversee a group that caters for 300 young people and has around 100 adult leaders and volunteers.

He said the £100 he received for charity as part of his award would go to the Keynsham Explorer Scouts unit in memory of his grandfather and added: “My grandfather once told me that old people have the knowledge and young people have the energy, drive and passion to achieve things. He was the reason I joined the Scouts in Keynsham.” Ian Carter

Bassam Shahin has recently stepped down as chairman of Keynsham Allotment Association, an organisation he has been involved in for 29 years, in which time he helped form the association, managed the award-winning Park Road allotment site and supported other gardeners.

He said his mother-in-law had encouraged him to take on an allotment while his young son had encouraged him to join the association, and he added: “It is a privilege to be presented with an award but it has been more of a privilege to live in this beautiful town and be part of its community.”

Mr Shahin said his £100 would go to Thrive, a charity that promotes the therapeutic benefits of gardening for those with disabilities and illness, a favourite charity of his mother-in-law’s.

The annual town meeting, which was held on March 19, also welcomed Grenville Jones from the Golden Oldies singing charity, which aims to tackle isolation among the elderly and runs a number of sessions in Keynsham. The meeting heard how the group had recently launched its 100th location for singing sessions and that Mr Jones hoped to see groups set up across the country.

The meeting also included a public forum, where residents could raise any issues affecting the town and subjects included community energy schemes for Keynsham, the town’s 20mph speed limit, continuing calls for a residents’ parking zone in Dapps Hill and a request for signs urging people not to feed bread to the ducks in the Memorial Park.

The full minutes can be viewed on the town council’s website or at the council offices at 15-17 Temple Street.