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Town's most dedicated residents recognised for making Leamington better place to live

Ian Hughes 24th May, 2019

DEDICATED Leamingtonians have been honoured for making the town a better place to live.

Out-going mayor Heather Calver recognised the outstanding and selfless services to the community of six townspeople.

Coun Calver said: “These local community spirited people were so deserving as unsung heroes who give their time and energies in a wide variety of voluntary community activities within the town.

“It gives me great pleasure to recognise their achievements with this mayoral award.”

Those honoured were:

* David Greenwood who recently retired after 16 years service as a town councillor.

David was mayor in 2007/08 during which he attended more than 300 engagements. As mayor David raised to help four charities.

He has served as a trustee director of Warwick District Citizens Advice Bureau, and since 2004 as a trustee of the Leamington Shopmobility Scheme, which provides mobility equipment for rent.

He has also served as a governor at Kingsley School in Leamington, and continues to be an active member of Royal Leamington Spa Rotary Club.

* Andy Gotts is the treasurer and a trustee director of Leamington Shopmobility. Andy has played a key role in the restructuring the scheme and as a volunteer ensures the Royal Priors car park-based scheme operates smoothly.

In the past decade, he has also held numerous other charitable roles. These have included treasurer of Alternatives to Violence, chairman of Campion Hills Allotment Association, minute secretary for Age UK (Warwickshire) and volunteer driver for the Health Transport Service.

* Ann Morrison was elected to the town council in 2011. During her term of office spanning the past eight years, she has served as chair of the Policy and Resources Committee and as a member of the Planning Committee, together with numerous working groups.

She served as mayor in 2016-17 and has also been a strong advocate of the Neighbourhood Plan which looks to shape future development in Leamington.

Ann has also represented the council on the Board of Warwick District Mobility and is currently Chair of the Trustees.

She is also a volunteer with the Friends of Warwick Hospital.

* David Jenkins founded the community ukulele group The Spa Strummers.

Over the past seven years, David has taught and encouraged players around Leamington and the initial group now has around 40 members. These range in age and expertise from beginners to ex-professional musicians.

The group is well known for entertaining in residential care homes. As the reputation of the group has grown it has performed at many charity events, including the World War 1 Centenary Memorial and Art in the Park Festival.

The group have also raised funds for many local charitable causes.

Other award-winners not present at the ceremony were long-standing town, district and county councillor Mota Singh and Adrian Barton, organiser of Warwick District Remembers commemorative concerts marking the end of the First World War.

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