New award for village heroes

Ivan Elcock, left, and John Coombes, right, with the certificates and Chris Kealey, parish council chairman.
Ivan Elcock, left, and John Coombes, right, with the certificates and Chris Kealey, parish council chairman.

Stamford Bridge Parish Council members decided they would give a Community Award for the first time at the Parish AGM this month

The Community Award is a special presentation to individuals who have given exceptional service to the village over a number of years. This year the award went to John Coombes and Rene Norton.

John’s award was for all the help he has given at the Methodist Church. If you visit Stamford Bridge when a Chapel coffee morning is on you are very lucky if you get past him without been persuaded into going for a coffee or tea.

Even though he is in his nineties he still looks after his neighbours, supports most charity events and attends Stamford Bridge Parish Council meetings to ask his quota of questions about village issues.

Rene was unable to attend the AGM due to illness and her award was received for her by Mr Ivan Elcock.

Rene is also a great supporter of the Methodist Chapel.

For many years she has provided cakes and sausage rolls to be sold at the Chapel coffee mornings.

The main reason most people know Rene for is for the funds she raised to buy the millennium clock which is on the Old Homecare building in the square. A simple plaque says – Rene Norton millennium clock – erected by public subscription.