Saluting the town’s heroes at awards

The winners of the Thame town awards
The winners of the Thame town awards

The winners of the seventh annual Thame Town Awards have been announced.

More than 135 nominations were cast, making choosing the winners harder than ever.

Town mayo, Jeannette Matelot Green handed out the awards to the winners in each of the seven categories at the annual town meeting on May 5.

The winners were as follows:

Sporting Achievement – Ian McStay

Ian is the longest serving player at Thame Cricket Club having been a member for more than 36 years.

Young Achiever – Joseph Lynch

Joseph gives up a great deal of his time outside of school to help drama groups, including Stagecoach and Thame Youth Theatre, put on their productions.

Service with a Smile – Mark Thorne

Mark is a familiar face behind the till at Thame Co-op and Helen and Douglas House charity shop.

Creative Arts Achievement – Ian English

Ian set up the Thame pop choir in 2014. A fun and friendly singing group, the choir regularly performs for community groups around town and any profit made goes to charity.

Voluntary Individual – Kathy Thomas

Kathy is the coordinator of Thame Community Christmas, a charity that provides a hot turkey dinner to those who find themselves alone on Christmas Day.

Person of Courage – Megan Cooper

Thirteen year old Megan is described as an ‘inspiration.’

Her mum experiences periods of severe illness meaning Megan has to take care of the family home, in particular her older brother who has Aspergers and ADHD.

Despite this, Megan continues to do well at school.

Lifetime Achievement – Alan Haigh

Alan is the much-loved head teacher at John Hampden Primary School who is soon to retire after 22 years in the role.