Mayor thanks volunteers

Attleborough Town Assembly was the occasion for the town to recognise and celebrate the dedication of its volunteers.

Attleborough Town Assembly was the occasion for the town to recognise and celebrate the dedication of its volunteers.

Town Mayor Vera Dale thanked 'all those people who help the town, the unsung heroes who go the extra mile'. She gave certificates of appreciation to the tourist office volunteers, and presented community awards to individuals and groups nominated by members of the community.

These were: Alan Austin for his quiet work in setting up the Christmas and Summer Carnivals; Debbie and Phil Banham for the amount of work they do in the community, raising money and supporting projects; Eileen and Phillip Bowhill for services to the WI, 'Break' charity, the Training Centre and the Gateway Club; Gill and John Hastie for organising the Christmas Carnival; Lesley Harper for services above and beyond the call of duty at Holy Court; Alan and Carole Martin for voluntary work at Holly Court social club and in the garden; Peter Neal for the Attleborough In Bloom Project; Jenny North for the Attleborough In Bloom Project; John Rogers for his work for SODA, the Society for Disabled Artists; John and Jenny Taylor for taking an elderly couple under their wing and cooking dinners for them during the Christmas season; the Christmas Lights Committee for its wonderful displays. The Community Cup was presented to Alan and Carole Martin for their hard work at Holly Court.

The evening was a showcase for community groups to demonstrate their enthusiasm, talents and activities before the more formal business of the assembly.

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The Mayor gave a r�sum� of the town's many achievements through the year, and listed the 'hot topics' for the council in the coming months: ensuring local input into the LDF consultations, seeking land for future cemetery and allotments, putting forward recommendations about planning applications to Breckland for the benefit of the town, lobbying to have litter removed from the approaches to the town , assisting with the provision of new facilities for the youth and lobbying to improve traffic circulation in the town.

She said: 'I am delighted that the Town Council has achieved Quality Status, which shows it is working at a higher level. A lot has been achieved over the past year and this could not have been done without the commitment and support of all the councillors and council staff.'

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