A further six residents have been honoured with special medals to mark their exceptional service to the community. These were awarded at a ceremony following Haslemere Town Councilís annual meeting, held this year at Haslemere Museum.
The idea was instigated by Sir Ray Tindle, proprietor of the Herald who presented Haslemere with a quantity of medals to be given in recognition of oustanding contributions to the life of the town. Residents nominate those who they think deserve the awards and an independent panel consider the names and recommends those thought worthy of such an honour.
The panel chairman, Hamish Donaldson, introduced the candidates before Fay Foster read out the citations, and the medals were presented by the Mayor, Sahran Abeysundara. Afterwards they and their sponsors joined councillors and members of the public to enjoy wine and light refreshments.
The six recipients included David and Barbara Lightfoot (for arranging numerous holidays and outings for members of the Three Counties Association of National Trust Members), Peter Marsh (for 26 years of driving the Care minibus and associated services), Dorothea Nattrass (for service with Haslemere Twinning and young people through the Crusader group), Dr Keith Potter (for founding and running the Three Counties Money Advice team), and Julia Tarento (initiating and organising fund-raising for repairs to the road outside the Grayshott Surgery).
Residents can now nominate extra special people for the next award ceremony to be held in November. Forms, available from Haslemere Town Council, or online at www.haslemere.com/awards should be submitted by 27th October.