Derek Davis from the Earley Environmental Group was recently a recipient of the Mayor’s Roll of Honour Award.
Derek took on the job of refurbishing the two artistically illustrated notice boards, one describing the origin and history of Earley in Lower Earley Meadows, and another on the other side of Rushey Way in the Loddon River park area. These were very badly corroded and dirty and he also replaced the plywood backing.
Derek worked on this without any charge for his time, which was quite considerable. Nominated by Sheila Crowson who said: “He had to take the signs down and then resurrected them with the help of Anne and John Booth, also members of EEG. He then worked on them at home, making all the purchases himself. They now look deserving of their place for local walkers to read, and are again part of Earley’s history.”
Cllr Bill Soane, Borough Mayor, said: “The Roll of Honour awards celebrate the borough’s unsung heroes and it’s a chance for us to celebrate their selfless work which positively impacts on our residents’ lives. This recognition for Derek Davis is thoroughly deserved and he should be extremely proud of what he has achieved.”
Any borough resident can be nominated for the award. “It is down to volunteers who make our borough such a great place to live which is why we are looking for people who make that extra effort for others,” said Cllr Soane. “There are many people out there in our community who make such a difference and we need to hear about them. For children and young people, we would like to hear about those who have overcome adversity.”
To nominate somebody, all you have to do is email the mayor’s office at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations (which can only be made by Wokingham Borough residents) should be no longer than 200 words and set out why the nominee should be considered for the award. For the children’s awards, outstanding achievements in sport or arts will be considered.
Each month Cllr Soane and his deputy mayor Cllr Malcolm Richards will select worthy winners from those people nominated by members of the public. There will be children’s and adults’ categories and each winner will receive a lapel badge and scroll to mark their achievements.
The awards will be given out monthly and the next awards will be presented at November's council meeting.