Guide leader Wendy honoured
Published on: 02 May 2016
WENDY Nicholls, a Guide leader in Downend for more than 40 years, has been honoured for her long service.
Wendy received a Chair’s Community Award from the chairwoman of South Gloucestershire Council Erica Williams.
Wendy has run weekly Guide meetings since 1975 and has held various positions within the organisation, such as district and division commissioner, over the years. She supports adult leaders as well as the girls and is active in raising funds for Briarlands, the county activities centre, and Badminton Cottages, on Badminton estate, where Guides spend weekends away.
Guests at the awards ceremony at SGS College Wise campus were told: “Wendy is always calm, never seeing a problem, only a challenge. She has a fun programme but is dedicated to true guiding ideals and motivates other leaders to do their best as she does.”
The annual awards recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution local unpaid volunteers make to life in South Gloucestershire.
Among those present at the event were Councillor Williams, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter and Vice Lord Lieutenant Robert Bernays, the college’s executive principal Kevin Hamblin and principal Sara-Jane Watkins.
Councillor Williams said: “Our community awards have been running since 2003 to celebrate the contribution local people make to life in South Gloucestershire and over 400 people have received an award since they started.
“During my term of office as the chair of the council it has been a huge privilege to meet many people from across our region who work tirelessly, and with no financial reward, for the good of their communities. These awards are a small way to recognise the importance of volunteering and to thank a few of our local volunteers for their efforts to continue to make South Gloucestershire a great place to live and work.”
Sara-Jane Watkins said: “SGS College is delighted to support the Chair’s Community Awards. It is important to acknowledge the people of South Gloucestershire that selflessly enrich our community.”
The evening also saw performances by students from the Level 3 Musical Theatre Year 1 group, based at Wise campus.
The award winners included: Alan Shewry, Hawkesbury Volunteer Transport; Celia Morrish, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity volunteer; Connie Jarvis, chair of Winterbourne Down Society; Dennis Stinchcombe, youth leader; Joseph Dunford, Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group in Bradley Stoke and The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) TreeLife Centre in Kingswood; Derek Dominey, Alzheimer’s Society; Fred Hillberg, Splatts Abbey Wood Conservation Group; Jason Bidwel, Frampton Cotterell Harriers; John Graham, The Meadows Primary School and Royal British Legion; John Malone, Merlin Housing Association and Royal British Legion; Joyce Morgan, telephone befriender with Age UK; Paul Hulbert, Wapley Woods nature reserve, Wapley Common; Paul Morrish, ‘Mr Thornbury’ ; Sara Messenger, Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Conservation Group and Bradley Stoke in Bloom; Steve England, Stoke Park estate conservation; Benjamin Johnson and David Lewis, Cadbury Heath skate park; Eileen Holcombe and Shirley Owen, providing hot lunches at Paul’s Place in Coalpit Heath; Eunice Wilson, Poplar Road