‘Awards showed Thame cares for its residents’

Thame's Civic Awards
Thame's Civic Awards

Thame showed ‘it cares for its residents’ last week when peoples’ achievements were recognised at an awards ceremony.

Presented by the town mayor Nigel Champken-Woods, the Barns Centre event heralded the town’s unsung heroes who have contributed to the community over a period of time.

“The whole event went very well,” said Mr Champken-Woods.

“People left knowing Thame cares for its people.”

The Young Achiever award went to Beth Clarke who, alongside her many sporting achievements, is a ‘whole school’ council representative and a ‘fantastic role model for all students who are younger than her’.

The Service with a Smile award went to High Street shop Autoparts which impressed people with how helpful, cheerful and knowledgeable the staff are.

The Volunteer of the Year Award went to Melanie Shannon who has been supporting learning in Barley Hill School for five years. She comes into school every day to work individually with struggling readers.

The Best Working Dog award was given posthumously to Guide Dog Faldo which sadly died.

Faldo worked faithfully with his blind owner, Bob Gerhardt, for nine years.

The Voluntary Organisation of the Year award went to the ‘friendly and welcoming’ Thame Day Centre.

A Service to the Town award was given to Alan Tipping who cleans Thame’s streets and is always smiling and willing to go the extra mile.

The Person of Courage honour was given posthumously to Ben Guest, who died earlier this year after suffering a seizure.

“He was a wonderful chap,” added Me Champken-Woods.

“He was always there, wanting to help.”

Finally, a Lifetime Achievement award went to Mike Kidley, Commanding Officer of Thame Squadron.

Mr Kidley has devoted a huge part of his life to what has become one of the best squadrons in the Thames Valley.

The award recognised this was down to his leadership, while he also plays a big part in Thame life.