The Chairman's Award for Service: Alan & Averil Williams

An Auspicious Occasion!

Chairmans Award

On the evening of Thursday, 20 Oct the great and good of Somerset gathered in the Conference Suite of Taunton Rugby Club for the presentation of the Chairman's Award for Community Service to those recipients nominated by a multitude of organisations within the County. The recipients spanned a wide age group and the reasons for each award were many and varied.

However, in the opinion of the judging panel all had made an exceptional contribution to the areas in which they lived. Such contributions included raising funds for a new village hall, providing transport for the elderly, special care for young children and a great variety of different endeavours for the benefit of their communities.. Amongst his other contributions one nominee had even served as Church Warden for 47 years (heaven forbid!).

 The Parish Council were delighted when their nomination of Alan and Averil Williams proved to be successful. While the judging panel preferred single nominations, it was felt that in Alan and Averil's case it would be invidious to separate all they had done for our villages. The list of their contribution is endless but it includes Alan's  years of service on the Parish Council, their work on the Parochial Church Council, their contribution to Avalon Camps, over two decades printing the Allerton News and, in the case of Averil her years of service to the Girl Guides of which she was Commissioner.

Alan and Averil were presented by the Chairman of the Somerset County Council with a framed certificate and each received medals commemorating the award. Alan was also given a special tie (which we will expect him to wear on special occasions) and Averil received a silver memento.

We all congratulate Alan and Averil on this acknowledgement of their many, many years of service to our community.

Henry Pomeroy

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