High Commendation – Dave Stannard

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Few people are better known in Debden than Dave Stannard. The driving force behind Debden Day, a key member of Debden Town Centre Partnership and one of the most influential voices guiding Epping Forest District Council through the highly successful and recently completed Broadway Enhancement Scheme, Dave is one of the most recognisable figures within the community.

Never has Dave’s work for the Broadway been more important. As High Streets the length and breadth of the Country have struggled to survive the recession, Dave’s tireless work to build and maintain the spirit that makes the Broadway the focal point of the local community is invaluable.

Dave Stannard with Chairman Penny Smith

While his contribution to the community is enormous, the friends who nominated Dave focused most of all upon Debden Day, the annual celebration that brings the whole community together. Debden Day is a huge undertaking. Each year it has grown, becoming bigger and better. And Dave is at the heart of it, beginning to plan and prepare for the next event almost before the last one has finished.

Dave’s nomination says We know we are very lucky to have this selfless, hardworking and generous man amongst our community who definitely deserves the award of Citizen of the Year!

Citizen of the Year 2010 – John Carr

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The Nomination for John Carr as Citizen of the Year describes him as Mr Nazeing. John has lived in the village since 1966.

Now retired from local politics, John was a District and Parish Councillor for many years. Always independent, he has always worked with people to try to get the best for his community. However, his influence for good has gone well beyond the boundaries of Nazeing.

Chairman Penny Smith with John Carr

John has always taken a lead in local health issues, championing the cause of patients and health service users. He played a key role in the establishment of the village health centre. He served on the former Community Health Council, Public and Patient Involvement Committee and remains an active member of Essex and Southend Link which provides advice on allowances and health provision.

Today, much of his voluntary work still involves support for elderly and physically disabled residents, arranging outings and events such as Christmas dinners.

However, it is possibly for his many years of devoted support to St Clare Hospice that John is most well-known. One of the founding Trustees, John worked on behalf of the Hastingwood based Hospice near Thornwood for some twenty years, campaigning and raising money needed to develop this much-needed facility. Even today at the age of 71 he is an active volunteer and supporter of St Clare.

John received two separate nominations for Citizen of the Year 2010. One of his nominators says John Carr is a real gentleman, always approachable with a warm personality. Anyone in need of assistance can always be sure he will do his best to support them.

High Commendation – Tony Moore

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Tony Moore is a catalyst and an inspiration to any who know him. So says his nomination for Epping Forest Citizen of the Year.

Tony Moore and Chairman Penny Smith

For more than 40 years, Tony has been contributing to and enriching the lives of the people around him. In 1968 he became the warden of the newly- formed Ongar Community Association, a paid position from which he entered voluntary work with Ongar Rotary Club.

Having a daughter with a disability, Tony was acutely aware of her special needs. He turned his skills and energy towards enriching not only her life but also that of many other people with disabilities. He organised sponsored walks which raised thousands of pounds for mobility chairs. He took over an old canal boat and raised the funds to fit it out for children and adults with special needs.

Music is a passion. With the Three Valleys Choir he has arranged free performances for people with special needs and his singing competitions have breathed new life into Budworth Hall in Ongar.

Personal Speech by the Chairman

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Chairman Penny Smith giving a personal speechA personal speech by Chairman Penny Smith closing the Epping Forest District Council Civic Awards held at Gilwell Park Conference Centre on 18 March 2010.

Let me begin by congratulating you John as our new Citizen of the Year. Yours is richly-deserved recognition. Tony and Dave also deserve great praise, as do all of this evening’s award winners. What a splendid district we have with so many wonderful people.

As councillors, we take pride in knowing our communities. We work with people, take on their problems and try to make things better – all of which is good. But as Chairman I think you see another perspective.

I thought about this after meeting some old friends at Christmas, past chairmen of Epping Forest District Council who agreed to give readings at the Carol service in All Saints` Church. I think we have a bond of common experience because of the people the chairman gets to meet.

Tom Peters recieves the Young Citizen of the Year award from Chairman Penny SmithIt is very refreshing. Our residents are simply getting on with normal daily life. They are the volunteers at Macmillan Coffee mornings. They are our own council staff or mums and dads with their children at a new playground. They are police, fire and ambulance officers, and the countless other people going about their normal business but adding immeasurably to the benefit of our district.

So for us as councillors, I think the Civic Awards is a chance to stop, draw breath and take a fresh look. To see that behind the newspaper headlines, the political battles and debates, the marvellous award winners we have met this evening represent the tip of an ice-berg. A district full of people achieving great things. A district of kind, generous and gentle people, protecting, helping and caring for each other. But there is one group in our community I particularly want to mention before closing.

John Carr recieves the Citizen of the Year award from Chairman Penny SmithI want to tell you briefly about another event I attended. Last week, students and youth councillors converged on the Council from all corners of the district to participate in our latest Epping Forest District Youth Council conference and debate.

Young people are labelled with negative stereotypes and this was highlighted as an issue during the conference.

But the Conference was another remarkable illustration to me of the fine qualities to be found among the younger generations. I would recommend you take a look at the webcast of their debate on reducing the voting age. As personified by our new Young Citizen of the Year, Tom Peters, our youth councillors and in all the young people who came to the Council last week, we have the finest young citizens.

We should be proud and not disparaging of our young people.

The Councillors of Epping Forest District Council represent a community of which we can be truly proud. Tonight we say thank you to some of our brightest and the best, old and young. But we are also saying thank you to every good citizen of our district – formally recognised or not.

It just remains for me to wish you good night. Thank you to you all. I hope you have had a lovely evening and I wish you a safe journey home. Good night and God bless.

Civic Awards 2010

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Chairman Penny Smith congratulates the winners

Local community heroes were honoured at the annual Civic Awards and Dinner held at Gilwell Park conference centre on 18 March 2010.

The awards are a chance for the Council to recognise the people who give their time and energy on behalf of others and their local community.

The evening was hosted by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Penny Smith and was presided over by Toastmaster Robert Pursell.

The evening raised almost £900 for the Chairman’s charity, the Epping Forest Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.


Watch the webcast of the Civic Awards 2010

Chairman with the Civic Awards 2010 winners

Civic Awards

Citizen of the Year 2010 – John Carr

Young Citizen of the Year 2010 – Tom Peters

High Commendation – Dave Stannard

High Commendation – Tony Moore

Special Conservation Award – Alan Cox

Community Awards

Sports Bursary winner – Emma Hollis

Arts Bursary winner – Christoper Crichlow

Community Service medal – Sally Pattie

Community Service medal – Ray Skinner

Community Service medal – Mark Sheridan-Brown

Epping Forest District Council Employee Awards

People are the most important asset of any organisation. This year, Councillor Collins was assisted in her search for the Council`s best employees by Councillor Syd Stavrou. They met and interviewed staff over several days in February. Councillor Di Collins joined the Chairman on stage for the presentations.

Epping Forest District Council Employee of the Year – Dawn Jolley

Epping Forest District Council Team of the Year – the Academy Project Team

Epping Forest District Council Dealing with the Public Award – Sheltered Housing Scheme Managers

Epping Forest District Council Outstanding Contribution Award – Pat Seager

Group shot of Chairman Penny Smith with employee award winners

Personal Speech by the Chairman

Chairman Penny Smith talks with Alan Cox at dinnerChairman Penny Smith with guests

Sports Bursary Winner – Emma Hollis

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Emma Hollis, a young lady from Theydon Bois, is no stranger to the Council or to our local newspapers. She is making the headlines as one of our top hopes for a swimming medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Three years ago she was a recipient of a small sports bursary, receiving £500 towards her training and competition costs.

Now aged 18 and studying for her A-levels at Chigwell School, our Sports Bursary winner trains six evenings and two mornings each week. A member of Epping Forest District Swimming Club at Loughton Leisure Centre, she is a British record holder in the S8 400 metre Individual Medley, the S8 50 metre and S8 100 metre Breaststroke.

Chairman Penny Smith with Emma Hollis

Small bursaries can be a wise investment in our young people. This year, three smaller sports awards will also be made. One of £500 to Emma`s younger brother James who is also a swimmer. Another to Charlie Collins to develop his martial arts skills in Karate and the third to cyclist Edward Bird, each of whom will receive £250.

Arts Bursary Winner – Christoper Crichlow

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The Arts Bursary winner is a young man from Ongar who attends Debden Park High School. His interest is in music. As a member of the Loughton Youth Project he is one of the presenters of the Urban Show broadcast every Thursday. He featured on the Loughton Youth Project recording `Wot Defines U`.

At just 16 years of age, he is already a talented composer, writer and producer. During the judging process, our panel was especially impressed by his drive to make inspirational, positive and enriching contemporary music. The Bursary will help to meet the costs of equipment and recording time in a professional studio.

Christoper Crichlow with Chairman Penny Smith

Four further Arts awards of £500 to £1,500 are to be made to Laura Sibbick from Loughton for her redevelopment of the Deptford Mice theatre production, Georgina Perriam from Loughton who has created a new piece of children`s theatre, Aaron Griffiths from Loughton for a Mac Book to develop his skills as a Graphic Artist and Toby Riches from Ongar to support two international tours with Essex Music Services and Chichester University.

Community Service Medal – Sally Pattie

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Community Service medals are awarded to members of the Emergency Services who have made a special contribution or shown care and dedication well above and beyond the call of duty.

Few people have seen or adapted better to the changes in the emergency services over the years than the first of our Community Service Medal winners. When she joined the ambulance service in 1980, women were rare in the service. She was soon to become the first female paramedic in Essex, a distinction that led to her appointment as attending paramedic to the Queen at the opening of the Q E Two bridge in 1991.

Chairman Penny Smith with Sally Pattie

The first few minutes after an accident, stroke or heart attack can be crucial to the survival of a patient. As well as helping people directly, over the years our Medal winner has helped by training many hundreds, or possibly thousands, of ordinary people in life-saving skills such as CPR. She also played a pivotal role in the Anne Diamond `Back to Bed` campaign, visiting families who have lost babies and providing training in neonatal resuscitation.

Few developments more starkly demonstrate the advance of the life-saving equipment over the last 30 years than the introduction of Air Ambulances. Working with the Essex Police helicopter team, our winner evaluated the potential for air transportation in pre-hospital care now part of the everyday life-saving role of the Essex Air Ambulance.

Community Service Medal – Ray Skinner

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The second Community Service Medal presentation goes to a member of the Essex County Fire and Rescue service. He has protected the lives and homes of the people of Essex and Hertfordshire for 27 years, 14 of which have been served in the Epping Forest area.

For the last five years our medal winner has been the Essex Community Commander for Harlow and Epping, ensuring both Fire Safety and the operational side of the service. Under his command, the division has become the best performing in the County.

Chairman Penny Smith with Ray Skinner

With a broader remit as Chairman of the Essex Resilience Forum Support Group, he has been pivotal in the co-ordination of emergency response planning among blue-light emergency services, health and local authorities across the county.

Community Service Medal – Mark Sheridan-Brown

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Our third Community Service Medal nomination goes to PC Mark Sheridan-Brown. While the media spotlight often falls on urban crime, the needs of rural communities can be overlooked. However, from the time of his appointment as Neighbourhood Specialist Officer to Ongar and the surrounding area, Mark Sheridan-Brown has won hearts and minds.

He is highly-motivated and community-focused. He has built relationships with partner agencies such as Epping Forest District Council and in the local community, his work on the development of special Neighbourhood Action Panels being particularly important to local farmers. Indeed, so successful have the Neighbourhood Action Panels under his guidance been, that they have been held up as examples of best practice by no less a person than the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

The public confidence Mark has instilled has directly helped to reduce fear of crime as well as making the rural area around Ongar a safer place to be.

Mark was unable to accept his award in person and will be presented at a later date.