THOSE who make Leamington a better place to live have been honoured.
Dedicated volunteers were recognised for their outstanding and selfless services to the community by the town’s outgoing mayor.
Coun Caroline Evetts, in her last act as town mayor, said: “These local community spirited people were so deserving as unsung heroes who give their time and energies in a wide variety of voluntary community activities within the town.”
Those honoured were:
Margaret Rushton is secretary and a founding member of the Leamington History Group. Margaret is also one of the founder members of Lillington Local History Society and is actively involved as a member of the town council’s Blue Plaque Committee and a member of Friends of Leamington Art Gallery.
Michael Pearson is an active member of Leamington History Group and has long been involved with promoting Leamington as a place to visit. Michael is one of the members of the Guild of Guides – the volunteer group which conducts guided walks throughout the town during the summer months. Michael is also Chairman of the Patients Participation Group at the Clarendon Lodge Medical Practice.
Pat Edgington has been secretary to the local branch of the Royal British Legion for many years. She tirelessly campaigns to raise funds as part of the RBL Poppy Appeal. In 2017 the local branch contributed over £60,000 to the Poppy Appeal thanks in no small way to the efforts of Pat and husband Frank.
Nigel Milne has been involved with the former Warwick District Citizens Advice Bureau for over six years in the capacity of its volunteer IT service delivery and security manager. He is also involved with a number of other bodies in a similar volunteer capacity.
Peter Bailey is treasurer of the Mid Warwickshire Neighbourhood Watch Association and has done much to promote the activities of Neighbourhood Watch in the Milverton area. He is also the treasurer and a member of the management committee of CHAIN (Community Information and Advice Hub). He is also a member of the Leamington in Bloom Committee.
Annabel Rainbow is one of the founding members of GALS (Gardening around Leamington Spa). GALS has won numerous gardening accolades since they began working together on the railway station gardens in 2005. They also took over gardening at The Dell park in Leamington. Annabel is also a member of the Leamington in Bloom Committee
Dr Stanislaw “Stas” Jan Librowski became involved with the Regenesis project in south Leamington and helped with the setting up the Brunswick Healthy Living Centre. He is also member of the Warwickshire Police Independent Advisory Group helped with projects of inter-faith relevance through the Warwick District Faiths Forum, and runs the Polish Centre.
Coun Caroline Evetts with the dedicated volunteers honoured.