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Aldwick helpers gain award for hard work

FOUR Aldwick residents who help an annual event run smoothly have received an award.


Anne Bass, Christine Girdlestone, Christine Mitchell and Perrie Sims were presented with the Aldwick Parish Community Award for their unsung work.


The award was begun by Aldwick parish councillors several years ago to recognise individuals who put an extra effort into providing a service to residents.


Cllr Lilian Richardson, the parish council’s chairman, presented the award at its recent reception.


It was a complete surprise to helpers to make the occasion even more special.


She told the guests: “These ladies consistently, quietly and without any prompting, give their support, time and skills to supporting the Remembrance Day commemorations.”


This occasion has been an important part of the parish year each November for much of this century.


It is always well attended in the Millennium Gardens and is followed by tea, coffee and home-made cakes in the adjacent community centre.


“The event is hosted by the parish council but is provided and organised by the four ladies. When the event is finished, the ladies quietly withdraw only to re-appear again the following year to repeat their efforts,” said Cllr Mrs Richardson.


Mrs Bass said: “It was a genuine surprise for us to win the award but to think that everyone in Aldwick thought we deserved it is a lovely feeling. It is nice to be appreciated.


“We help out because we belong to our residents’ association and we are part of the community.”


Mrs Bass has been helping at the service since it was started by the parish council ten years ago.


Christine Mitchell and Perrie Sims then joined her soon afterwards, with Christine Girdlestone completing the team four years ago.


They spend two-and-a-half hours in the centre before and after the service.


They put out their cakes and biscuits and get the water brewed for the tea and coffee and the soft drinks poured. They follow this by tiding up the premises.


“It can be very hectic for about an hour,” said Mrs Bass, “but we are a well-organised machine and everything works well.”


*The reception also included the presentation of 17 grants from the parish council which totalled more than £6,000 to local groups which benefit the people of Aldwick.

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