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Community champions recognised in the latest Mayor's Roll of Honour awards

Community champions recognised in latest Mayor's Roll of Honour awards

05 February 2020
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A volunteer from the Wokingham United Charities and the South Lake Angling club are the winners of this month’s Wokingham Borough Mayor’s Roll of Honour awards for outstanding commitment and contributions to the area. 


Dennis Eyriey from Wokingham United Charities and Martin Hopgood and Tim Athey, on behalf of the South Lake Angling Club, were presented with their awards at the full council meeting on Thursday 23 January by Borough Mayor Cllr Bill Soane.  Members of the public are asked to nominate inspiring local residents for the Mayor’s roll of honour awards.


Nominated by Janet Rogers from Wokingham Without Parish Council, Dennis Eyriey is the outgoing chairman of the Wokingham United Charities (WuC) having held the post for 14 years.   Janet said:  “As chairman he has overseen a massive change in the charity’s status. It has long helped elderly people in need of accommodation via the Westende almshouses, founded centuries ago, though now modern flats on London Road. Now WuC is also a significant local grant-maker – thanks to Dennis.”


Dennis also led the sale of a plot of land owned by WuC to a house builder. This enabled a significant investment of more than £200K in grants for the benefit of the people of Wokingham and four surrounding parishes.  “As John Westende's gift of the almshouses in 1451 still benefits people of this borough, and so will the land sale continue to benefit local people, thanks to Dennis’ hard work,” added Janet.


Dennis was also the founder and first chairman of the Wokingham Citizen’s Advice Bureau.


South Lake Angling Club was nominated by Cllr Laura Blumenthal for its work with the borough council for some 30 years to maintain the health of the lake. 

 Through South Lake Angling Club's fish management programme, it has ensured the lake is managed sympathetically to wildlife and small animals are thriving there. The club frequently purchases plants and equipment, as well as installing them themselves, to ensure the lake remains healthy. Last year they bought and placed barley bales in the lake to help break up the algae.


Its work to keep the lake healthy and thriving has encouraged the population of wildlife we take for granted  such as wildfowl and amphibians.


Cllr Bill Soane, Borough Mayor, said:  “These awards give much deserved recognition for the unsung heroes in our community. I continue to be amazed by the work of our volunteers across the Wokingham Borough and I’m delighted to have met so many in my time in office. We are always on the lookout for the borough’s unsung heroes and these awards provide us with the opportunity to celebrate their selfless work. So please if you know anyone who you think deserves an award, please get in touch.”


To nominate somebody, all you have to do is email the mayor’s office at: mayoralsupport@wokingham.gov.uk. 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 February’s council meeting.