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Heart of the community

The winners of the 2017 Good Citizens Awards represent all that’s best about Lincolnshire’s proud volunteering tradition

Individual: Marion Cotterill

Marion Cotterill has spent half her life volunteering with the Guiding movement in Skegness, benefiting generations of youngsters. Now in her 70s, Marion

Good Citizens Individual 2017 winner

has played an integral role running groups and supporting other volunteers, while juggling family responsibilities with five children and eight grandchildren.

She started 37 years ago helping with 5th Skegness Guides, and then moved on to Brownies and Rainbows, who she still volunteers with today.

Over the years, she has led groups of girls to Finland and Switzerland, and has been involved in hosting Guides from Sierra Leone, Sweden and Minsk.

As well as holding senior roles, including division commissioner and Lincolnshire County Trefoil chairman for the Anglian region, Marion has performed an international role.

In her work with the Friends of the Four World Centres, she has supported and raised funds for the movement’s centres in London, Mexico, Switzerland and India. She has also organised 10 Guiding trips to Switzerland.

Nominating Marion, her daughter Diane Bains said: “She has provided time, support and energy to the local community working with children.

“Now she is seeing the next generation of those children come along to the groups she helps to run.

“She is tireless in her dedication and commitment.”

Pair/Couple: Ann Munro and Anna Maltby

A selfless desire to provide older people with company and enjoyment is what drives friends Ann Munro and Anna Maltby to organise free events

Good Citizens Pair 2017 winners

throughout the year.

Their regular get-togethers see hundreds of pensioners gather for what have become highlights in the Sleaford calendar.

It all started with a Christmas lunch in 2007 and now, 10 years later, they also arrange annual harvest meals and Easter and summer afternoon teas.

These all take place at Sleaford New Life Church, which the pair attend regularly.

Co-ordinating the events involves organising a team of volunteers including drivers, cooks, servers and entertainers.

Not only do the revellers receive a meal, but they are also treated to live music such as piano-accompanied hymns and the Sleaford Concert Training Band.

Each guest also receives a little gift. At the last event - an Easter afternoon tea - they were given a handmade coaster and chocolate chick.

While the events are free, many participants give donations which are then used to support other worthwhile projects in the Sleaford area.

Fellow volunteer Ruth Fox, who nominated Ann and Anna, said: “They really are great citizens who definitely deserve a pat on the back for all their
hard work.”

Community group: Friends of Saxilby Library

A community library has gone from strength to strength, thanks to the sterling efforts of a group of dedicated residents.

Good Citizens Group 2017 winners

When the Friends of Saxilby Library first formed in 2011, they operated from a rundown old building open just 16 hours a week.

Now local people benefit from modern facilities at the refurbished St Andrews Community Centre, and opening hours have soared to 70 a week.

In addition to books, visitors can use computers and the direct phone to Lincolnshire County Council’s Customer Service Centre.

The group is made up of 21 active volunteers from Saxilby and surrounding villages, who each give 15 hours a week of their time over five days on a rota basis.

Parish clerk Elaine Atkin estimates that, in total, they have sacrificed a staggering 8,500 hours since the Friends of Saxilby Library launched.

She said: “Without the ongoing dedication of this band of volunteers, Saxilby and the surrounding area could quite easily have lost its permanent library provision.

“The community has a lot to be thankful for.”

Young citizen: Jordan Havell

Animal-lover Jordan Havell, 15, is well known in his home town of Sutton on Sea for his valuable work to protect marine wildlife.

Good Citizens Youong Citizen 2017 winners

After finding a stranded porpoise during a regular coastal walk, he was inspired to get involved with promoting a national campaign.

This involved distributing British Divers Marine Life Rescue posters, which include advice about what to do if you find a sea creature in distress, to hundreds of councils along the country’s coastline.

He has also qualified as a medic for the charity, a national organisation concerned with the well-being of all sea animals in difficulty around the UK.

In addition, Jordan takes part in community activities such as maintaining the Stepping Stones Café garden and helping to run a water station for the
Mablethorpe Marathon.

Other achievements include fundraising for the RSPCA and the British Heart Foundation, and laying a wreath to mark Remembrance Sunday each

Mum Lianne said: “He makes an ideal role model for youngsters his age and is happy to inspire them.

“He really enjoys voluntary work and we are very proud of his contributions to our community.”

Your nominations

The winners were chosen from a host of nominations covering all corners of the county. Council leader Cllr Martin Hill, who led the judging panel, would like to thank everyone who took the time to tell us about the unsung heroes from their communities.

A special thank-you

All our winners took part in an awards ceremony at Lincolnshire Show as guests of Cllr Hill and council vice-chairman Cllr Ron Oxby. They were presented with special certificates recognising their achievements before having a celebratory afternoon tea.

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