Rushden mayor looking for unsung heroes

Rushden mayor Cllr David Jenney with members of Rushden Historical Transport Society
Rushden mayor Cllr David Jenney with members of Rushden Historical Transport Society

A town mayor is looking to honour those who go above and beyond the call of duty to help and serve their community.

Rushden mayor Richard Lewis is asking people to nominate an individual who they think deserves recognition as part of the annual mayor’s awards.

Previous winners include a woman who had spent many years raising money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and chairman of the town’s historical transport society.

The awards are an annual event and are made at the end of the civic year.

A spokesman for Rushden Town Council said: “The mayor’s award is given to an individual for their work and commitment within the community of Rushden over a number of years.”

One of last year’s awards was given to Barbara Clark, who was nominated by the previous mayor Cllr David Jenney.

Mrs Clark was nominated because she had led the RBL Poppy Appeal for several years with great success, including raising more than £29,000 during that year’s appeal.

She was praised for her role in leading and creating a ‘terrific spirit’ within the Legion’s team.

The second winner was John Sugars, who is chairman of Rushden Historical Transport Society and was put forward for working tirelessly on a project that is unique in its prominence as a a tourist attraction for the district.

His work and achievements also included being organiser of the three-day Cavalcade of Transport event, running themed train events during the year, the society’s social club winning local and national awards on an almost annual basis and his work to save Rushden’s heritage, including the fight to save the Goods Shed which is opposite the station.

Other winners from previous years include a milkman, a fitness instructor and a Guide leader. Group nominations will not be eligible for an award, although an individual can be put forward for their work on behalf of an organisation or group.

For more information about the awards or to find out about other events organised by the mayor during the year, go to