See this year's recipients

Each year, the Town Council looks for individuals living or working within Wokingham who deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the town. The Council feel it is important to recognise individuals who may be caring for people within the community, participate in voluntary work, support art and culture within the town or who offer a valued service to the public or just as importantly are a good neighbour.

Recipients are nominated by a member of the community and nominations are judged by a selection panel including members of Wokingham Town Council's Civic Committee and the High Steward of Wokingham, Lady Elizabeth Godsal MBE.
Awards were presented at the Town Hall by the Town Mayor Cllr Peter Lucey at an evening ceremony on 26th January 2018.

The Council is delighted to announce this year’s worthy recipients.

Civic Awards 2017

Carole and Chris Barnes: Nominated for their dedication to WADE Day Centre. Nominated by Jacqueline Wilson and Victor Forsyth.
Carole and Chris, both Trustees of WADE devote a huge amount of their time to the Day Centre assisting in all fundraising events, volunteering on the WADE buses, regularly cooking for attendees and working in the garden. Their kindness and thoughtfulness to both staff and members and unwavering commitment ensures the centre is a welcoming, safe place for the elderly who attend.
Jack Sulman: Nominated for his contribution to local fundraising namely Wokingham Winter Carnival, WADE charity events and Wokingham Annual Sports Awards. Nominated by Dave Donaldson and Cathy Valentine
Jack is not only a dedicated committee member for the Winter Carnival, but takes on the role of MC for the event, a key role which keep the Carnival ticking along and everyone well informed. Jack is known to introduce his great sense of humour into the proceeding, soliciting chuckles of laughter from organisers and attendees alike. Charity race nights are his forte, raising much needed funds for WADE, and his involvement with the Wokingham Annual Sports Presentation Evening through seeking sponsorship helps encourage young men and women in their sporting endeavours.

Jean Ibbotson: Nominated for her dedication and service to Wokingham Lions Club. Nominated by Candy Kirkland and Lyn Bailey.
Jean, a valued member of Wokingham Lions for over 10 years, is known for her kindness and compassion towards others. A keen fundraiser, Jean is always the first person to volunteer to organise or help at events, runs the ‘Message in a Bottle’ scheme (which alerts professionals to health and medication details when a person is in crisis), the Starmaker theatre trips for the elderly and disadvantaged youths, and works with the Lions group visiting local charities, organisations and individuals who need funding to ensure their needs are identified and met where possible.

Roger Ilett: Nominated for his dedication to Scouting in Wokingham. Nominated by Harry Row and Lorraine Bolam.
Roger has been involved in Scouting in Wokingham for longer than many people can remember. During this time, he has been involved with Scout groups all over the Borough and has been Chairman of the Wokingham Scout Executive for the last 10 years. Roger is passionate about Scouting and ensures that it meets the needs of young people today. He is known for his generosity of time to support others and offers direction when needed.

Sheila Bailey: Nominated for her role with the British Red Cross. Nominated by Clive Pearce and Gillian Collins.
As a qualified First Aider, Sheila volunteers for the Red Cross and is present at town events offering reassurance, advice or treatment to the whole community when necessary.
She is Lead Volunteer for Mobility Aids Outlet in Wokingham working within the community helping those in crisis or with mobility issues access equipment that aides their recovery. Sheila is one of those people with a ready smile who handles situations effortlessly, often going above and beyond to ensure people are supported in whatever way necessary.

Stan Hetherington: Nominated for his dedication to Wokingham through the events he puts on, charity work and support for businesses. Nominated by Andy Slay and Melanie Allen.
Stan wears many hats within Wokingham and is passionate about making Wokingham a great place to live and work. He is frequently described as dedicated, creative, and a force of nature for his desire to put on events within the town that can be enjoyed by all and raise funds for local charities. Over the years, Stan has sat on many local charity committees and helped organise many town events such as the Winter Carnival, May Fayre and charity balls. His desire to create events for everyone has seen him set up and run the Wokingham Bikeathon, Wokingham Walk and Open Air Cinema....all of which have become regulars on the Wokingham event calendar, bringing people together to create a great sense of community.


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