John and Sandra Newman were announced as the Epping Forest District Citizens of the year at a glittering awards evening hosted by Councillor Mary Sartin, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council.
The First Responders from Epping were recognised for their life-saving voluntary work which sees them called out by the East of England Ambulance Service day or night to help their neighbours in distress until an ambulance can arrive.
Mary and Roger Roles received High Commendations for their voluntary work in Ongar, as did Jean Morgan of Matching Tye for her work within the community.
Davenant Foundation School student James Lingfield is the Epping Forest District Young Citizen of the Year. The 14 year-old from Loughton was recognised for his outstanding achievements with Natasha Miller and from Waltham Abbey and James Harrington from Buckhurst Hill also recognised.
Community Service Medals were presented to Simon Galloway and Collette Howell of the East of England Ambulance Service, PCSO Louise Coveney of Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue Service Firefighter Martyn Simmonds of Epping.
Councillor Mary Sartin also presented a cheque for £1,500 to Phoebe Taylor and her theatre group ‘Three Reasonable Women’. The group based at the East 15 Acting School are set to play at the Edinburgh Fringe and will use the award to take their play about mental health into the local community.
There were also awards for Youth Councillors Imogen Padwick, Edward Gokmen, Max Albert and Aaron Williams.
Honouring some of our many individuals
Councillor Sartin said: “Tonight has been about honouring some of our many individuals who make Epping Forest District a wonderful place to live. I am sure you will agree that we are all the richer for having them as citizens of our district.”
“In a way it is a pity that we have to differentiate between the Citizen and the Young Citizen of the Year. All could be placed in that number one spot. Each of our nominees brings different things to their communities and makes the decisions on awarding these titles that much more difficult. And it must be remembered that those here tonight are not the only names that we had before us when making our decisions. So many congratulations again to all our winners tonight.”
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