Nominations close on Friday for Pride in Fenland

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CITIZEN readers wanting to make a nomination for this year’s Pride in Fenland Awards have just a few days to do so.

Entries close at 5pm this Friday and later in the month, the judges will be meeting to make their deliberations ready for a grand presentation evening in March.

The awards are held in conjunction with Fenland Council and carry a prize of £100 for each category winner and a commemorative certificate.

We have already had a record number of nominations so the judges are facing a difficult task.

We are looking for Fenland’s unsung heroes.

Recent nominations include June Clenshaw, of Guyhirn, who was put forward by Alma Mattless.

June organises a monthly luncheon club for pensioners in the village, plus a monthly friendship club.

She is a familiar face around Remembrance Day, having sold poppies for the past 65 years.

Pat Hart, of Wimblington, runs the Anchor Retirement Club and has been nominated by Mrs D Page, Mrs E Duncan and Mrs M Chamberlain.

A lunch club caters for anyone over the age of 60 and sees around 40 people attend monthly and Pat also started a 50+ club last year with two other people that has grown into a great success.

The Chatteris Christmas Lights group has been nominated by Richard Leney.

He said: “Even as a visitor to the town, back in 1997, I was taken aback by the size of the display. It really does bring joy to the whole town.

“Without this dedicated team of volunteers, the town would look really dull at Christmas time.”

Barbara Minett, of March, has worked tirelessly for Trinity Church March in various voluntary roles and has been nominated by Reg Kemp.

She recently completed a six-year period as a Steward (Elder) and continues to put in many hours of her own time each week, making contact with visiting preachers to arrange the Sunday services, despite being well beyond normal retirement age.

She was also a voluntary member of the Churches Together Schools Assembly Team for many years.

Meeting Point, a group that meets in Upwell, has been nominated by Jill Wells.

The group was formed in 2009 by volunteers of Upwell Methodist Church and has gone from strength to strength.

There is a well-established parent and toddler group and a large hall.

Manea group, Walk and Talk, has been put forward by Neville Baker. The group was started by Jean Wells and Belinda Carson a few years ago and is invaluable to elderly residents in the village.

Neville said in his nomination: “The social, physical and mental benefits are incalculable and all who attend are ever grateful for the time and dedication which goes into making Manea Walk and Talk such a valuable experience.”