Outstanding public service recognised by Breckland Council chairmen.

A number of Breckland residents and local organisations have been recognised for their public service during the covid-19 pandemic at a special event held by Breckland’s current and former chairmen.

Cllr Roy Brame, Chairman of Breckland Council, and Cllr Lynda Turner, the council’s previous Chairman, held the Chairman’s Special Recognition Evening at Dereham Memorial Hall on Friday, 17 September.

A number of organisations, including the staff and pupils at Thomas Bullock Primary Academy, and Mr and Mrs Purewal, owners of Shipdham Stores, were recognised for their resilience and public service throughout the pandemic.

Mr and Mrs MacDonald, known as ‘The Thetford Wombles’, were also recognised for their 100-day litter pick challenge, inspired by the late Sir Captain Tom Moore. Meanwhile, Dereham Community Crafters were given a special award for their yarn bombing of Dereham town centre, welcoming people back to the high street after lockdown.

Sharon Thompson from Pine Close Community Centre was loudly applauded for her work in providing free meals to residents in Thetford, while All Saints Church Shipdham fundraisers, Mr and Mrs Waterhouse, celebrated an award for leading a team of crafters who helped raise £4000 by making face masks.

Chris Goddard, a local artist, was awarded a special recognition award for her artwork raising the profile of NHS and other frontline workers essential service during the pandemic.

Tina Cunnell, Town Clerk for Thetford Town Council, and Glynis Irish, representing Sex, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Weeding Thetford gardening group, received special recognition awards for public service to Thetford residents and the local environment.

Attending the event was the Sheriff of Norfolk Michael Gurney DL, along with various Town and District Civic Heads.

Cllr Brame and Cllr Turner commented: “We felt the time was right to shine a spotlight on some of the amazing organisations and residents who have truly gone above and beyond in delivering support to people in Breckland during the pandemic and protecting the environment. We can’t thank them enough and hope the recognition event goes some way in showing our appreciation.”

Courtesy of Breckland Council– 07/10/2021

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