Meritorious Awards presented at Christchurch Council0
Meritorious awards have been presented at Christchurch’s full council meeting to a group of volunteers helping to run one of Christchurch’s main festivals, a company which has been in the Borough for almost 60 years and a woman who chairs a local community trust.
The first group award was presented to the Stompin’ on the Quomps volunteers. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of this popular event which is now one of the largest jazz festivals of its kind in the south with over 4,000 visitors and residents enjoying the music.
The second group award went to Penny & Giles Controls Ltd which was founded in 1956 by Bill Penny and Jim Giles who identified a demand for high precision instrumentation for the aviation industry. Through the following decades, in addition to sensors and recorders for aviation, Penny & Giles developed technologies and products for diverse markets such as professional broadcasting and recording, motor controllers for powered wheelchairs, paperless chart recorders and trackerballs for computer interfacing.
The individual meritorious award was presented to Dawn Brookes. Dawn became Chairman of the Mudeford Wood Playgroup eight years ago to support the great efforts of the team in teaching her grandchildren. Although already busy with numerous activities and good causes, Dawn saved the group at a prime time of growth and change.
Five years ago Dawn was instrumental in forming the friends of Mudeford Wood Community Centre which has now transitioned into the charity, Mudeford Wood Community Trust, which Dawn chairs.