District honours dedicated community heroes

Cllr Colin Spooner with Pat Heath, David Ralfe and Geoffrey Grabham

Three people who have worked tirelessly on behalf of their communities have received a Lord Mayor’s Award.

Cllr Colin Spooner, the Lord Mayor of Canterbury,  presented the awards at the Guildhall earlier in the week.

It is the 20th year of the scheme in which recipients are nominated by members of the public.

Here are this year’s winners and their citations:

  • Geoffrey Grabham from Barham. Geoff is the heart and soul of Barham – a true stalwart. He has been the bowling green keeper for nearly 50 years, does the village paper round (which he set up) every day without fail, is an active bell ringer and previously helped his wife run the village Sunday School. Geoff is the go to person in Barham. His infectious good humour never fails to bring a smile to the faces of those near him.
  • Pat Heath from Ickham. For seven years, Pat has given two mornings a week to supporting children at Wickhambreaux School who need a boost with their reading skills. She has also gone into school for a whole week, every six week term, in each of those years, to test all key stage 1 children’s reading levels. And Pat has constantly been involved in fundraising activities for the school throughout this time. The school and its pupils would be absolutely lost without her.
  • David Ralfe from Whitstable. David took on the role of Event Director at Whitstable parkrun two years ago and has done an excellent job. His decisions on the day-to-day background administration have made it quicker and easier for volunteers. He is friendly, welcoming and well-respected, and has brought humour to the event. David actively takes part in social events associated with parkrun and is also a Run Director at Whitstable juniors every Sunday morning. He is a true volunteer and deserves this award.

Cllr Spooner said: “The quality of the nominations this year was so high and it was a very difficult decision for the judging panel. This just reflects what an exceptional volunteering community we have in the Canterbury district.

“It was an honour to present the awards at the Guildhall and I thank all three winners for everything they do for local people.”


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