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Dedicated volunteers and organisations honoured by mayor

Leamington Editorial 27th May, 2022 Updated: 27th May, 2022   0

DEDICATED volunteers and organisations in Leamington have been honoured for outstanding and selfless services to the community during the Covid pandemic.

They were recognised in the Leamington Mayor’s Awards by former town mayor Susan Rasmussen.

She said: “These local community spirited people are so deserving as unsung heroes who gave their time and energies, in a wide variety of ways.”

* Rachel Baker – for her inspirational approach to work.




Adopted herself, Rachel and her wife adopted two brothers. As well as being a part-time social worker alongside a business which provides personal coaching and support to many. During the pandemic she worked with fellow social workers offering them invaluable support.

* Jagtar Basi – for tidying up his neighbourhood


A keen gardener, during lockdown Jagtar, using his own tools, single handedly spent several months in the summer cutting back bushes and opening up previously overgrown walkways in Sydenham.

* Circle Singers – in recognition of many performances in aid of charities.

The Circle Singers have now been singing for 60 years giving regular performances in aid of charitable causes in and around Leamington. They have put on performances for the mayor’s charities raising many hundreds of pounds each year.

* Charlie Demetriou – for championing zero-waste in the town.

Charlie started a ‘zero waste’ business just before lockdown. Initially she had a stall in the ‘Covent Garden Street Market’ before taking premises just round the corner. She sells loose groceries, so that there is no packaging and no waste.

* John Greet and the Operations Team at the Town Hall, Spa Centre and Pump Rooms – for keeping the life of the town centre going.

John and the team kept the town centre facilities in good shape and looking their best.

* Derrick Knight – for his community gardening projects.

Derrick’s tireless work helped get the Gardens in the Sky off the ground providing much needed green space and clean air in Old Town. They now have growing gardening friends at the Sydni Centre, Eagle Rec and Dale Street. And a community garden has been created on Windmill Road to allow neighbours to grow and share produce.

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