Mayor honours town’s heroes

Janet Pinnock presents awards to Vie Winnals, Bob Knight, Rose Ward, Gary Harlow, Arthur Hollomon, Margaret O'Dell and Maureen Ellis

Janet Pinnock presents awards to Vie Winnals, Bob Knight, Rose Ward, Gary Harlow, Arthur Hollomon, Margaret O'Dell and Maureen Ellis

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People who give their time to help their local community have been rewarded by a town’s mayor.

Mayor of Rushden Janet Pinnock presented her mayoral awards for services to the community in 2011 to 2012 at Rushden Hall on Tuesday,

Winners included the team who have been working to make the new base for Rushden Mind at Phoenix House in an empty unit which was part of Peter Crisp.

The works have included foundations, brickwork, partitioning, plastering, joinery, ceilings, plumbing, levelling floors, moving the staircases, wiring works and sorting out fire detectors, computer cabling and fire escapes.

Other winners included the Kilburn Place Committee, which has been run by Margaret O’Dell, Rose Ward, Vie Winnals and Gladys Sedwell for years.

The committee organise trips out once a month and also arranges for entertainment at the Kilburn Place communal hall.

Maureen Ellis, of Rushden, also received an award for her efforts. Mrs Ellis cooks a three-course meal for a group of 40 pensioners at the Gospel Church in Rushden every Wednesday and cooks cakes for sale, the proceeds of which help to subsidise the meals.

She has been doing this for 20 years.

Mrs Ellis said: “I was surprised to be nominated because I don’t do it for any reward. I’m pleased they enjoy it that much that they felt it was worthy of a nomination.”