Kesgrave community stalwarts recognised

SPECIAL awards to recognise individuals' achievements within the Kesgrave community were presented at an annual meeting.Four people were given a Service to the Community award at Kesgrave's Annual Town Council meeting on Monday night, having been chosen by a panel of judges following nominations.

SPECIAL awards to recognise individuals' achievements within the Kesgrave community were presented at an annual meeting.

Four people were given a Service to the Community award at Kesgrave's Annual Town Council meeting on Monday night, having been chosen by a panel of judges following nominations.

A large crowd turned out to the Kesgrave Community Centre in Twelve Acre Approach to see the winners receive their certificates.

Carolynne and Alwyn Basford, owners of Beechwood Stores, were presented with the award for their contribution to the community. Although their business was based in Rushmere, the judges felt they served the residents in Kesgrave and were fully committed to supporting groups in the town.


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The store closed in October after 79 years of trading over three different generations.

Mr Basford said: “I would like to express my sincere thanks for this great honour you have bestowed on us. We did not expect it. “We want to thank you sincerely for all the support you gave us and our business.”

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Margaret Young was also picked for her role in the community as an outstanding chair of governors at Kesgrave High School and making a significant contribution to a number of voluntary groups in Kesgrave.

She said: “This is the most wonderful award. I'm very touched. I have lived here 44 years and it is a very special place.”

Norman Howard, chairman of the Kesgrave Community Centre, was chosen to receive the honour for his dedication to working for the community, particularly at the community centre and All Saints Church.

Mr Howard, who announced that he will resign as chairman of the community centre in June, also added his gratitude.

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