Rushden folk rewarded for making town proud

Rushden mayor Richard Lewis with the winners of this year's Mayor's Awards at Rushden Hall
Rushden mayor Richard Lewis with the winners of this year's Mayor's Awards at Rushden Hall

Recognition has been given to four people who make a difference in the community and make their town proud.

Carolyn Davis, Sylvia Smith, Rodney Waterfield and Clive Wood were announced as the recipients of this year’s Rushden Mayor’s Awards in a presentation at Rushden Hall on Tuesday.

Mayor Richard Lewis presented each of the nominated winners with their awards at the annual event, although the presentation had to be moved from its usual room after a squirrel bit through a water pipe and left the room needing to dry out and be re-decorated.

The first winner was Carolyn Davis, who is a group Scout leader of the 4th Rushden (Whitefriars) Scout Group.

She joined four years ago when many of the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were leaving and so were the leaders. She and her family have been credited with keeping the group going.

Sylvia Smith was recognised for being a prominent figure in the town for many years.

She held the position of managing director of Serve and since her retirement 14 years ago has continued to involve herself in working with the elderly.

Rodney Waterfield was honoured for being a member of The Swivel Club in Higham Ferrers for many years.

The charity has raised more than £50,000 for local causes in the past five years.

Clive Wood was the final winner of the evening, being recognised for being a member of the Amenities Group and Rushden Museum.

He has been a town and district councillor for many years and is well known in the town for his artwork.